A week ago I was in Dobrzyn with my friends, eating cherry pie and having a good petting session with Hili. Today I’m in Chicago, catless, and will have peanut butter sandwiches for lunch. So it goes on August 18, 2016. In Thailand, it’s National Sciences Day, commemorating, according to Wikipedia, “King Mongkut’s prediction and observation of a total solar eclipse in 1868.”
On this day in 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the requisite 36 states (3/4 of the 48 states), finally guaranteeing women the right to vote. (It was ultimately ratified by all 48 states existing then, with Mississippi, the Backward State, ratifying as late at 1984!). It amazes me that it took so long, but of course Switzerland granted women suffrage only in 1971! How did Swiss women tolerate that?
Notables born on this day include Robert Redford, who, born in 1936, turns 80 today. Hard to believe. As I’ve said frequently, if I could have looked like any man, it would be either Steve Stills in his early 20s or Robert Redford in his early 30s. The handsomest living actor! On this day in 1990, B. F. Skinner died at the age of 86. He was buried in a Skinner Box LOL. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Andrzej and Hili have a dialogue that nobody–including Malgorzata–understands. I apologize for its opacity!
A: What are you musing about?Hili: About the problem of freedom and responsibility.A: Meaning?Hili: If I went there I wouldn’t be here and I’m fine here.
Ja: Nad czym dumasz?
Hili: Nad problemem wolności i odpowiedzialności.
Ja: To znaczy?
Hili: Jak pójdę tam, to mnie nie będzie tu, a tu mi dobrze.