July 12th, 2009

krazy koati

Taxi light shines so bright

Our plan for our first full day was that we might go to the supermarket for victualing, then to eat at a sushi restaurant, and then to a movie.

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Probably it's worth pointing out that, happily, we're both night people.

Trivia: On 12 July 1776, the British ships Phoenix and Rose, with three tenders, sailed from Staten Island up the Hudson River toward Tarrytown. American artillery all along the Hudson River (at Red Hook, Governor's Island, Fort George, Fort Washington, and others) fired something like 200 shots, 150 from New York City alone, without any great effect other than killing six Americans when their cannon exploded. Source: 1776, David McCullough.

Currently Reading: Amelia Earhart: A Biography, Doris L Rich. It's an abnormal biography, for me, because I'm coming out of this with a worsened impression of Earhart's abilities. I'm used to being more impressed by whoever I've been reading about. But what I can't avoid taking away is Earhart as a more reckless flyer than I imagined, more eager than I'd thought to leap into the air without doing the tedious slog of full preparation --- for example, not learning Morse Code at ... maybe not at all, certainly not at the speeds useful for communicating in-flight. That's forgivable for 1922 when radio was still in many ways a charming theory especially on vehicles, but by 1937? For that matter, deciding to just do without the antenna that would allow access to half the radio channels that were available to her? Her disappearance is treated with the briefness of dull but probable reality, which is also a refreshing change; oddly missing is the epilogue giving ``living ever after'' for the key people in her life, or her cultural influence outside the luggage industry since then.