Day 135 – part 2

So what is today but another yesterday in the making?  Or perhaps, to quote the learned Axl Rose, “Yesterday there was so many things I was never told
Now that I’m startin’ to learn I feel I’m growing old”.

My father said something similar though he was surely no GNR fan.  Facing the frustrations of being sick with cancer and staring at a life cut short, he said, “Just when you’re starting to figure things out, you’re too old, too out of time.”

Mind you, I’m not feeling morbid, morose, ill or out of time, but I think it would be remiss of me to not learn from the very painful lessons of those who have come before me.  Carpe Diem was a popular saying thanks to Robin Williams, but I think it is apropos, too.  There are many, many miles to go before I sleep.  I hope.

So, today.  Fur Elise, The Firefly theme, and I heard an acoustical version of CCR’s Fortunate Son that I’d like to try.  I also need to find an amplifier since mine is broken.  Other than that, today is about sales calls, emails and maybe, exercise and coffee with my sons. Maybe a spot of tea, too.

What will you do with your day?  What mountain will you climb, lips will you kiss, flower will you smell?  Contribute that verse…

O Me! O Life!

Walt Whitman, 18191892

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;   
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;   
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who  more faithless?)   
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;   
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;          
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;   
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?   
   
                                                        Answer.

That you are here—that life exists, and identity;   
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

Day 135

From my good friend Dave- notable events on October 19th

1386 – The Universität Heidelberg holds its first lecture, making it the oldest German university.
1469Ferdinand II of Aragon marries Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paves the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.
1781 – At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis hand over Cornwallis’ sword and formally surrender to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau.
1812Napoleon Bonaparte retreats from Moscow.

1900Max Planck discovers the law of black-body radiation (Planck’s law).

1950 – The People’s Republic of China joins the Korean War by sending thousands of troops across the Yalu River to fight United Nations forces.
1960Cold War: The United States government imposes a near-total trade embargo against Cuba.

 Born
1784Leigh Hunt, English poet and critic (d. 1859)
1945 – John Lithgow, American actor
1962 – Evander Holyfield, American boxer and actor
1966Jon Favreau, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1967 – Yōji Matsuda, Japanese actor
1967 – Yoko Shimomura, Japanese pianist and composer
1969 – Trey Parker, American actor, animator, producer, and screenwriter
1975Shian-Li Tsang, Japanese model
1977 – Dan Granot, American Hero
And some choice quotes, as well…
The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing.

There are two worlds: the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world we feel with our hearts and imagination.

  • As quoted in The Farmer’s Wife, Vol. 36 (1933), p. 72

That there is pain and evil, is no rule
That I should make it greater, like a fool.

  • A Thought or Two on Reading Pomfret’s “Choice”, in The Poetical Works of Leigh Hunt, London: Edward Moxon, 1846, p. 147.