There are only 20 shopping days—since Sunday is now a shopping day—until Christmas. Yes, it’s December 5, 2016, and we’ve had snow yesterday in Chicago: several inches. And it’s a double Food Day: National Comfort Food Day and National Sacher Torte Day. So Austrians, eat up! In Austria it’s Krampusnacht, when the Devil strides the street, damning those who haven’t had Sachertorte.
On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus landed on Hispaniola (now called the Dominican Republic), often considered the first European colonization of the New World. On December 5, 1952, The Great Smog of London, caused by pollution and a combination of unusual weather, descended on the city, eventually killing nearly 12,000 people. I had no idea, and perhaps some readers here can give us their recollections. The Montgomery Bus Boycott began on this day in 1955, lasting over a year and calling national attention to Southern segregation. With thousands of blacks refusing to ride buses, and organizing teams of carpools to get people to work, the bus company eventually capitulated.
Notables born on this day include Christina Rossetti (1830), Fritz Lang (1890), Walt Disney and Werner Heisenberg, and Little Richard (1932). Those who died on this day include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1791), Claude Monet (1926), and Nelson Mandela (2013). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili waxes philosophical—and solipsistic.
Hili: What is a human being?A: It’s the end product of countless number of chances, and every human being is different.Hili: It’s exactly like a cat only a cat is perfect.
Hili: Co to jest człowiek?
Ja: Końcowy produkt niezliczonej ilości przypadków, a każdy człowiek jest inny.
Hili: To tak jak kot, tylko kot jest doskonalszy.
In nearby Wloclawek, Leon is visited by a strange but cute cat. Malgorzata, who forwards and translates Leon’s monologues, has no idea who the cat is:
Leon: Listen, old man. Who is this whippersnapper you brought in? Keep him away from my bowl!
Robin Cornwell sent a picture of her cat Jerry (another felid named after me) lurking about her Christmas tree. Given Jerry’s penchant for mischief, as well as his clumsiness, there’s bound to be trouble in store:
Finally, Matthew sent a deep cartoon about Dog Philosophy which is pretty funny. It’s too big to post here, so check the link.