Good morning on the last day of January (the 31st), 2017! It’s a Tuesday, the cruelest day, but take a restorative, as it’s also National Hot Chocolate Day. (I sometimes throw a bit of cocoa powder into my morning latte to make it a bit mocha-ish.) In Austria it’s Street Children’s Day, calling attention to homeless kids.
On this day in 1606, Guy Fawkes was executed for the Gunpowder Plot and, in 1801, John Marshall was appointed as the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Trump was supposed to name his replacement choice for Scalia last night, but I don’t see that in the news. What we have [see next post] is a Monday Night Massacre.) On January 31, 1865, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery; it was later ratified by the states. In 1930, the 3M Company began making Scotch tape (why is is called that?), and, exactly 20 years later, President Truman announced the U.S. program to build a hydrogen bomb. Finally, on this day in 2010, Avatar became the first film to make over two billion dollars in worldwide net profit; I still haven’t seen it. (I am not an avid fan of futuristic and sci-fi movies.)
Notables born on this day include Franz Schubert (1797), Eddie Cantor (1892), Tallulah Bankhead (1902), Jackie Robinson (1919), Ernie Banks (1931), Philip Glass and Suzanne Pleshette (both 1937), Nolan Ryan (1947), and Peter Sagal (1965). Those who died on this day include John Galsworthy (1933), A. A. Milne (1936; Eeyore is my favorite character), Meher Baba (1969), and Molly Ivins (2007). Here’s Eeyore with his famous pink tail bow:
Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is contemplating a wooden cat sculpture in the wall beside Malgorzata’s desk; she appears to decry the objectification of the felid:
Hili: What happened to this cat?A: Why do you ask?Hili: It looks as if someone has idealized it.
Hili: Co się stało temu kotu?
Ja: Czemu pytasz?
Hili: Wygląda jakby go ktoś idealizował.
Meanwhile, Leon and his staff are on another hiking trip in the Polish mountains, and Leon is having trouble navigating the stairs of their lodgings:
Leon: I’m now mixed up from all this running: now, up or down?
In western Canada, the snow has been relentless, and Gus doesn’t like it:
Gus: Not more snow!
And this came from reader Jerry P., who, after recounting the sad death of two of his earlier cats, sent a picture of the one he has now, with the caption, “And below, our cat Bombadil…. Just because we love our cats like nothing else….”
As a special treat, enjoy this baby pig eating pineapple: