Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick. A great novel! Published on this day 1n 1851.
The opening line in the book is “Call me Ishmael.” A line in the recollections of most Americans today. The reason being Moby-Dick has been a popular staple of high school reading lists since the 1920’s.
All recall Captain Ahab and his quest to catch the giant whale.
One would assume Melville became wealthy because of Moby-Dick. Such was not the case. The book published in 1851 never sold till the 1920’s when it was rediscovered.
In the meantime, Melville had to go to work in a job outside of writing. He was broke. He became a New York City custom inspector in 1865 and remained so for 20 years. Melville died in 1891 never knowing he would be recognized some 35 years later as one of the world’s greatest writers.
Melville also authored Billy Budd in his later years. Billy Budd a recognized famous work today. Did not become a work of importance till after Moby-Dick gained notoriety in the 1920’s.
A shame Melville was broke, that his writings could not gain fame till long after his death. A man should be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor in a more timely fashion.
Still cold up north. Key West weather remains steady. Today the temperature will be 83 by day and 76 by night.
Strange how weather forecasters do not always agree.
Forget being accurate.
Weathermen on TV today predict heavy rain in the Keys. Yet the Key West Citizen says only a 20 percent chance of rain.
A 20 percent chance of rain generally means no rain. It is the weather forecaster covering his ass.
An annual bicycle ride to raise money for a charity is scheduled for tomorrow and saturday. Five hundred participants. The bike ride a 165 mile one. Begins in Miami, ends in Key West. Purpose is to raise money for HIV/AIDS service organizations in Florida. It is anticipated more than $1 million will be raised.
Lori who does my hair has participated in the ride on occasion. I have an appointment with her today. Looking forward to seeing if this will be another year when she pedals away.
Key West has been recognized once again. Key West has been nominated as GayCities.com’s Best “Chill Getaway.”
No question about it. Key West has the best gay guest houses and a community that encourages gays to come to Key West and have fun.
My day was full yesterday. The first day of the public phase of the Impeachment Inquiry hearings. Last night, Syracuse/Colgate in basketball.
What a day!
My impeachment hearing impressions simple.
The Democrats did well. However not good enough. The Dems cannot merely show the “bad things” done. They must also show how the President’s conduct affected lives, the Russian influence, the threat to U.S. security, etc. Then and only then will the American people understand the harm that Trump perpetrated.
The Republicans looked like ignorant bullies. I say this not because I am anti-Trump. Rather because that in reality is how they came across.
Concededly, the Republicans have little to say to show an ‘injustice” being foisted upon the President. You can’t make something out of nothing.
Syracuse beat Colgate last night 70-54. I was concerned. Syracuse was ahead by only 6 points at half time. I feared a Virginia type defeat in the making. However, Syracuse “played ball” in the second half.
The score would have been even higher for Syracuse had Boeheim not played his subs a long time in the second half.
An interesting season ahead. Boeheim has 5 freshmen on the team.
The world’s children are getting the dirty end of the stick as far as air pollution is concerned. A new report in the medical journal The Lancet suggested the threat to children is world wide.
The Lancet article claims the “child” begins having problems in the mother’s womb. It all has to do with inhalation/absorption of polluted air.
The New England Journal of Medicine said a child’s lung tissues are affected by today’s air. The negative impact greater on children rather than adults.
The article further indicated air pollution killed 7 million world wide in 2016.
Something to be concerned about.
One of the articles said forest wildfires are primarily due to hotter temperatures. The temperatures dry the vegetation making it easier to ignite.
Keep in mind Trump does not believe there is such a thing as “global warming/air pollution.”
Turkey’s President Erdogan visited the White House yesterday. An inappropriate time. I assume Trump planned it to coincide with the public impeachment hearings.
Interestingly, the media generally failed to give coverage to Erdogan’s visit as it normally does to a visiting head of state.
Good for the media! It is wising up to Trump. He manipulates the media by planning something good for him on a day when the news of something bad is going to hit.
Erdogan and Trump are birds of a feather. Nationalists, authoritarians, etc.
Recall Trump two weeks ago gave Endrogan the open door to invade Syria. As a result, Turkey has begun an ethnic cleansing, 180,000 Syrians have fled the country. Syria has become a zone of death and the U.S. is compliant.
He has got to go!
Enjoy your day!