Today is Friday, October 21, 2016, and the temperature in Chicago is beginning its inexorable slide into winter. In the UK, though, it’s Apple Day, so if you’re a Brit, eat one of the good apples available in your land. In the US, it’s an odious food day: National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. I cannot recommend this comestible.
On this day in 1520, Ferdinand Magellan discovers a the passage now called the Strait of Magellan, and in 1854, Florence Nightingale and her staff of 38 nurses went off to the Crimean War to lift the lamp high. Finally, on this day in 1945, French women became able to vote for the first time.
Notables born on this day include Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Alfred “Mr. Prize” Nobel (1833), Oswald Avery (1877), and Dizzy Gillespie (1917). Those who died on this day include Horatio Nelson (1805), Jack Kerouac (1969), and Ben Bradlee (2014). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is having Deep Cat Thoughts:
Hili: Have you ever wondered what happens to Thursday when Friday comes?A: No, I’ve never thought about this problem.
Hili: Czy zastanawiałeś się, co się dzieje z czwartkiem, kiedy przychodzi piątek?
Ja: Nie, nigdy nie rozważałem tego problemu.
And in Winnipeg, a respite from the blizzards has given Gus a chance to enjoy the garden:
And I couldn’t resist including two lovely cat photos by Keira McKenzie of Oz, who sent the lovely pictures of wildflowers—and of her black cat Plushie—yesterday. She also sent a photo of a neighbor’s cat with some information:
This is a cat I know very well: Charlie. He has many, many photos, and photo books and photo essays. He is quite the model: One photo attached. Charlie lives with his 85 year old mum about a block away from me, but I see him frequently and his mum (Italian) always gives me wine and cheese as we chat about all sorts of things – and Charlie. She is devoted to him and loves all cats. She thinks Plushie is delightful.
Here is one of Charlie being idiotic. He’s 9 or 10 and as playful as a kitten – which is why it’s not as 100% clear as it might have been. He does not always stay still. I printed this as a Christmas card for his mum and she laughed and it’s still on a shelf in her lounge room.