August 12th, 2009


Schott's Miscellany 11 August 2009

The first radio SOS was sent when the ship Arapahoe called for help off the coast of North Carolina (1909)


Supposedly symbolizing democracy, the White House Oval Office dates back to George Washington, whose Philadelphia home had a similar room. Here he held levees in a circle so that all were at an equal distance from the president. The White House Oval Office is the work of President Taft, who first occupied it in 1909. Over the years, in photographs and on film, the Oval Office has become one of the world's most famous political stages. President Clinton's infamous dalliance with Monica Lewinsky led wags to rename the room the "Oral Office."

When people do not respect us we are sharply offended; yet deep down in his heart no man much respects himself.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • Current Music
    "St. James Infirmary" by Count Basie & Dizzy Gillespie
heart of the dragon


Cranked on Heart of the Dragon today, writing a hair over 3000 words to bring me to 10,398. I'm still about 2400 words off pace, but I plan to write more tonight after karate class.
  • Current Music
    "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band