Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) died. Ninety years old.

A dedicated public servant for 50 years going back to her time in local public office in California. Her Senate reputation that of a work horse as opposed to a show horse.

Yes, she did out spend her years in the Senate by a year or so. However, she earned that time.

May she rest in peace.

Syracuse/Clemson tomorrow. Syracuse a 7 point favorite. Available on ABC at 12 noon.

Ted Williams is one of America’s greatest baseball players. A legend. It was September 1960 and the last day of the season. He played in a doubleheader. Went 6 for 8. Drove his batting average to .406. The last player to hit .400 since Bill Terry in 1930. No one has done so since Williams did in 1960.

Williams finished his career with a .344 batting average. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame immediately upon eligibility in 1966.

What is most interesting is that Williams achieved his baseball distinctions while having spent time serving in World War II and the Korean War as a Marine fighter pilot. For certain of those years, he was wingman for John Glenn.

I write about Williams for a second and more important reason. He lived a significant number of years in the Florida Keys. In his later years as a player and in retirement. In Islamorada at mile marker 82. 

Williams was a fisherman. Not sure what he loved more. Fishing or playing baseball. He selected Islamorada for his home as Islamorada was and still is known as the Fishing Capital of the World.

He finally sold his home in Islamorada for an understandable reason. He said he sold it when he had to wait to cross U.S. 1 because of the traffic.

Greta Thunberg is a force in the modern climate change revolution. She was a mere 16 year old when in 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit she chastised world leaders for their inaction in the face of threatening climate change. She warned: “Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up, and change is coming whether you like it or not.”

Note her words: “…..change is coming.” Spoken only 4 years ago. Right she was!

Today is National Coffee Day. There is a second coffee day also – International Coffee Day in 2 days on October 1. Coffee consumption is so powerful it deserves two days for celebratory purposes.

Americans drink 517 million cups of coffee a day. That’s more than any other beverage including water.

The Ryder Cup.

Europe has a commanding 4-0 lead after initial four ball matches which began at 1:30 am ET time. The Europeans looked far superior to the Americans.

The handwriting was on the wall and obvious with Hovland’s play on the first 2 holes. He chipped in on the first and sunk a long putt on the second. His team had an early 2-0 lead and won 4-3.

I woke at 2:30 am and watched on TV. It turned out not to be worth losing sleep over.

An interesting story in this morning’s Key West Citizen occurred this day in 1847. A “ship boy” was rescued from the schooner St. Mary’s which had been wrecked at the Dry Tortugas. “He” was discovered to be a girl, surprising crewmates and rescuers.

The girl, Johanna, was taken to Key West and placed with a family. The community was divided over her “donning attire not belonging to her, some admired her pluck, others found it offensive.”

There had to be a story here. I researched it briefly on the internet. Found nothing.

Neville Chamberlain: “Peace for our time.” I have always believed Chamberlain simply stated got bullshitted by Hitler.

His words those of appeasement. Detrimental. Their failure a warning for all time not to try to appease a dictator. Millions subsequently died when Hitler voided the agreement.

On this day in 1938, British, French, German and Italian leaders concluded the Munich Agreement by allowing Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

On this day in 1978, I was godfather to a newly baptized niece. I had not been to Confession, Mass or Communion in 20 years. I did it all preparatory to my godfather function.

Mass, Communion and Baptism were in the morning. Later that day, I was lying on a chaise lounge in my brother in law’s back yard enjoying a party honoring the Baptism when the news was announced that Pope John Paul I had died. He had only been Pope just over one month.

I laughed. Thought it funny. I go to Mass and Communion, and the Pope dies. Not funny, though at the time it struck me as such.

It was 15 years more before I did  Confession, Mass and Communion again. No relationship between John Paul’s death and the time involved in my failing to adhere to the rules of my Catholic faith. Merely part of my being a fallen away Catholic.

Government shut down possible this weekend. Hope it gets averted. Nothing good can come of it.

Wake up America! Start voting for people who are not power crazy MAGA nuts.

Enjoy your day!

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