On this day in 1815, the Battle of Waterloo was fought. Napoleon was defeated. His prominence ended.
Most historians credit the English and allied forces under the Duke Wellington for having defeated him. Others give credit to the Prussian army which entered the fray later in the day when the winner was yet to be decided.
Napoleon was a military genius. Not at Waterloo, however. Why? Why did he lose? Did something other than the battle itself contribute to his defeat?
Napoleon suffered from hemorrhoids. They were bothering him big time the night before the battle. He was also suffering that evening from a bladder infection. He took a dose of opium to relieve the pain and help him sleep.
Napoleon slept well. He woke late. He had difficulty mounting his horse. He had to be helped. He did not arrive at the battlefield till around one o’clock in the afternoon. By that time the forces against him had made strategic moves and were in a better place to counter Napoleon’s moves.
Napoleon had the habit of riding around a battlefield while the fighting was going on. Personal reconnaissance. He could not that day. The hemorrhoids.
The pain/discomfort was intense. Napoleon took more opium.
The battle was a close one till late in the day. Whether the English or Prussians, the battle was won by the allied forces late in the day.
Historians rarely comment on Napoleon’s physical condition and medication on the day of the battle. Nor the effect the pain and opium had on him.
In his incapacitated condition, Napoleon was defeated later in the day. I suspect he would have not lost were it not for the hemorrhoids and opium.
My yesterday began at Body Owners on Stock Island. The anti-gravity treadmill.
Then to my heart doctor, Dr. McIvor. To get the results of all the tests I had taken the past few days. A relief! Everything is ok. Nothing has changed. I have two aortic valve problems and was concerned there might be a problem with one of them.
While there, he complimented me on how thin I was. Was I still dieting? No, I was exercising. I explained the anti-gravity treadmill to him. I was singing to the choir. He has purchased one for his expanded offices. Soon his patients with bad hearts will be able to exercise without stress.
I am turned on by the treadmill. It made me feel better that he was going to use it with certain of his patients. Those who needed to exercise. Starting slowly. I do not go slow, however. I move!
Last night, the Chart Room. Sheila and Emily holding court. And Liverpool Mike. I refer to him as Liverpool Mike because that is from whence he comes. Liverpool, England.
Mike recalled me from last year. Embarrassingly, I did not recall him.
Mike vacations once a year in Key West. This trip for two weeks.
He is a hospitality consultant. Arranges new restaurants and bars.
I mentioned to him last week’s KONK Life article re Portugal and drugs. I told him my research indicated that Great Britain was considering legalizing all drugs as Portugal had done. No way, he said. The big fight at the moment is reducing marijuana use from a felony to a misdemeanor. There is no talk of legalization.
I am sure Mike and I will share a drink or two together again during his visit.
Peter, aka Captain Peter, aka British Peter, is visiting from his present home in Oregon. Good to see him! Peter is special.
Che is under the weather. Peter is considering extending his visit to help Che get back on his feet.
One human family!
Word on the street is that Backspace closed. I mentioned Backspace several blogs ago. I went for dinner. Was not impressed. It appears I was correct.
There is a new Starbucks on the corner of Front and Duval. I love coffee houses! I went to give it a look.
The coffee aroma hits you as you walk in the door. Pleasantly. Adds to your desire to have a cup. The place is beautifully done. One negative. No table and chairs. It’s a buy and carry out.
It will succeed never the less. The new Starbucks will be patronized primarily by tourists. It’s location in the middle of heavy tourist activity.
Dinner at Hot Tin Roof. Quiet. Off season obvious. Had dinner at the bar. Diana normally a table waitress. Last night behind the bar. A lovely and charming person.
Jenna telephoned me yesterday. Let’s go out friday night. I said yes, of course.
Enjoy your day!