It’s Thursday and the Ides of September. Professor Ceiling Cat Emeritus has decided to stay home and rest today, as he’s afflicted with a lousy cold and a sore throat; and trying to work through it is debilitating. I will rest, but perhaps try to post a bit. As always, I do my best. It’s National Crème de Menthe Day, a vile, verdant liqueur that was the only alcohol my mother would drink. Ergo, I’d get furtive sips of it throughout my childhood. I haven’t had it since. On a happier note, it’s also National Linguine Day, so enjoy your flat pasta. I particularly like it with clams, garlic, and olive oil.
On this day in 1835, the HMS Beagle, with Darwin (and Captain Fitzroy) aboard, reached the Galápagos Islands. The rest is history: both evolutionary and human, though many people mistakenly think that it was these islands alone that gave Darwin the “aha moment” that led to his theory of evolution. On this day in 1935, the Nuremberg Laws deprived both Jews and Romanis of German citizenship; this was the beginning of their long persecution. It was on the same day that Hitler adopted the swastika as the emblem of his Reich. And on this day in 1963, four members of the Ku Klux Klan blew up the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four black children; I remember that incident well. Three of the murderers were later convicted, and the wanton killing helped arouse national sentiment against segregation, culminating in the passing and signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Notables born on this day include Jean Renoir (1894), Fay Wray (1904, famously grasped by King Kong), Murray Gell-Mann (1929), and Oliver Stone (1946). Those who died on this day include Cootie Williams (1985), jazz trumpeter who played for the Ellington Band and did the solos on “Take the A Train”. Journalist Oriana Fallaci also died on this day in 2006. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is eating cat snacks that are said to help keep her teeth clean; I fed these to her recently and she loved them:
Hili: This is very tasty.A: And healthy.Hili: You don’t have to ruin it for me.
Hili: To bardzo smaczne.
Ja: I zdrowe.
Hili: Nie musisz mi obrzydzać tych pysznych chrupek.
Leon, back in Wloclawek, is awaiting the arrival of his new wooden home. Meanwhile, he and the staff gather comestibles in the woods:
Leon: No mushrooms.