Today is September 5—Labor Day in the US, and so those of us who are Good People will be laboring. Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) has a dicky tum today, due to the unfortunate consumption of a greasy fried chicken dinner last evening. I never got indigestion when was younger. Getting old is the Death of a Thousand Cuts, with one little thing going wrong at a time until the Big Crunch happens. But so we beat on, boats against the current. . . . It is also the International Day of Charity, decreed by the increasingly useless organization of the United Nations. (That’s my tum speaking.)
On this day in 1793, the Reign of Terror began in France, and, in 1882, my favorite British football club, Tottenham Hotspur, was founded. And, on September 5, 1957, Jack Keroauc’s influential novel—at least it influenced me—was published: On the Road. Notables born on this day include Jack Daniel (1850; yes, that Jack Daniel), Werner Herzog (1942) and Freddy Mercury (1946). Those who died on this day include Crazy Horse (1877), and Mother Teresa (1997, but it’s okay: as of yesterday she’s with God, interceding on behalf of importuning Catholics.) Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Andrzej recalls his young days when, like Hili, he clambered with ease up and down the cliffs to the River Vistula:
Hili: Did you also like to go down in order to come up?A: Very much so.
Hili: Czy ty też lubiłeś schodzić w dół, żeby wejść pod górę?
Finally, thanks to Grania, we have a kitten tw**t this morning. That kitten must be small!