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About Wednesday 18 September 1667

Clark Kent  •  Link

Sam was right to be perturbed with Penn's misappropriation of corporate opportunity. Penn should have asked "Captain, may I" first, and would undoubtedly would be sued for this breach of fiduciary duty were this to have occurred in our litigious age.

About Wednesday 22 May 1667

Clark Kent  •  Link

About that "lifts up the whites of his eyes" entry: I speculate that it is related to John 4:35. "Say not ye, There are yet four months till harvest, yet behold I say unto you,Lift up your eyes, and look upon the fields, for they are white, ready to harvest." The Duke may have been saying that he would regard any office-holder who took immediate (over) advantage of his position to line his pockets (harvest the spoils of office prematurely) to be untrustworthy. (So watch yourself, Sam.)

About Thursday 13 June 1667

Clark Kent  •  Link

Had our boy paid more attention to the preachers rather than ogling the pretty young things in church, he might have recalled Matthew 24.6 and taken some comfort therefrom: "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye are not troubled: for all these things must come to pass but the end is not yet."

About Thursday 18 October 1666

Clark Kent  •  Link

Mark Twain on the power of good clothes and dress: "Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.'

About Tuesday 10 July 1666

Clark Kent  •  Link

Speaking of venison pasties, the January 26-27, 2019, edition of the Wall Street Journal, p. D-6, had an article about the renaissance of savory pies in Great Britain. According to the article, "Ambitious pie recipes appear in the earliest British cookbooks, going all the way back to the 14th century . . . when a cook for King Richard II recorded over-the-top preparations like a Chastelet, which had a pastry casing shaped like a castle and was often served doused in flaming brandy so that the 'castle' burned as if under siege." The article gives props to the pies of the Holborn Dining Room in the Rosewood Hotel, the St. John, the Marksman, the Rochelle Canteen, the Wigmore in the Langham hotel, and the Windmill in Mayfair. It'll a full week the if I get back to the old sod.

About Sunday 23 July 1665

Clark Kent  •  Link

The Stranger, by Leonard Cohen

It's true that all the men you knew were dealers
who said they were through with dealing
Every time you gave them shelter
I know that kind of man
It's hard to hold the hand of anyone
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender,
who is reaching for the sky just to surrender.
And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind
you find he did not leave you very much
not even laughter
Like any dealer he was watching for the card
that is so high and wild
he'll never need to deal another
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger
He was just some Joseph looking for a manger

And then leaning on your window sill
he'll say one day you caused his will
to weaken with your love and warmth and shelter
And then taking from his wallet
an old schedule of trains, he'll say
I told you when I came I was a stranger
I told you when I came I was a stranger.

But now another stranger seems
to want you to ignore his dreams
as though they were the burden of some other
O you've seen that man before
his golden arm dispatching cards
but now it's rusted from the elbows to the finger
And he wants to trade the game he plays for shelter
Yes he wants to trade the game he knows for shelter.

Ah you hate to see another tired man
lay down his hand
like he was giving up the holy game of poker
And while he talks his dreams to sleep
you notice there's a highway
that is curling up like smoke above his shoulder.
It is curling just like smoke above his shoulder.

You tell him to come in sit down
but something makes you turn around
The door is open you can't close your shelter
You try the handle of the road
It opens do not be afraid
It's you my love, you who are the stranger
It's you my love, you who are the stranger.

Well, I've been waiting, I was sure
we'd meet between the trains we're waiting for
I think it's time to board another
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter
When he talks like this
you don't know what he's after
When he speaks like this,
you don't know what he's after.

Let's meet tomorrow if you choose
upon the shore, beneath the bridge
that they are building on some endless river
Then he leaves the platform
for the sleeping car that's warm
You realize, he's only advertising one more shelter
And it comes to you, he never was a stranger
And you say ok the bridge or someplace later.

And then sweeping up the jokers that he left behind ...

And leaning on your window sill ...

I told you when I came I was a stranger.

About Thursday 13 April 1665

Clark Kent  •  Link

As Cicero so accurately observed, "Nemo enim fere saltat sobrius, nisi forte insanit."

(Almost nobody dances sober unless, of course, he is insane.)

About Saturday 1 April 1665

Clark Kent  •  Link

Perhaps Pepys was made president of the Royal Society for the same reason a certain lawyer in my jurisdiction was made president of the local bar association, to wit: nobody else wanted the job.

About Monday 15 August 1664

Clark Kent  •  Link

Another colorful euphemism used in the U.S. to describe what I gather the British call "being up the spout" is "looking for pups." Occasionally, jests referencing the ingestion of watermelon seeds are to be heard.

About Tuesday 12 July 1664

Clark Kent  •  Link

Poor Sam, not knowing how to dine alone. Pity he didn't have access to Bruce Jay Friedman's "Lonely Guy's Guide to Life."

About Saturday 19 March 1663/64

Clark Kent  •  Link

RE the chicken egg dish, Paul Simon has said that his song Mother Child Reunion was inspired by a dish on the menu at a Chinese restaurant.

About Tuesday 23 February 1663/64

Clark Kent  •  Link

"In researching this phrase the trail led to finding it had been given a (faux) book, chapter and verse as though it were Biblical: Hezekiah 6:1.

This is what some would call a “phantom scripture”. It is circulated as if it were Biblical and application should be hastened to allow it to become part of our belief system.

This phrase or precept is not found in the scriptures. Hezekiah is in the Bible. He was the King of Judah for twenty-nine years, but this phrase, is unbiblical.

Some attribute this quote to Ben Franklin printed in Poor Richard’s Almanac in 1757. Others suggest it originated from Algernon Sydney in 1698 in an article titled, Discourses Concerning Government. Going back further yet, it is eerily similar to Aesop’s Fable called, Hercules and the Wagoneer, that states, “The gods help them that help themselves.” Regardless of its origination, it is in opposition to the Word of God except for a sprinkle of truism. That being, this is not to advocate that we have a pass for inactivity. We are accountable for being obedient to God."

--From "The Hallowed Path" blog

About Wednesday 17 February 1663/64

Clark Kent  •  Link

Speaking of wittiness and dog's names, the dean of the law school I attended long ago had a dog named "Trover." "Trover" is a common-law action to recover the value of personal property that has been wrongfully taken by another.

About Wednesday 2 December 1663

Clark Kent  •  Link

In Elizabeth Jenkins's quite excellent biography "Elizabeth the Great," is the following account of a dental problem experienced by the good queen:

" The toothache the queen had had since October, came in December to a raging climax that kept her without sleep for forty-eight hours. Elizabeth was forty-five, but she had never had a tooth pulled out, and combined with unwillingness to lose one was a shrinking from the operation itself. A meeting of the Privy Council was convened to deal with this emergency, at which the ministers listened to the opinion of a tooth-drawer called Fenatus. He told them it was possible to dress the tooth with a preparation of fenugreek that would make it fall out of itself, but in that case, great care had to be taken to protect the teeth on either side. What he recommended was immediate extraction by the ordinary method. The Council, having heard him, decided upon extraction to a man, and a body of them, taking a surgeon with them, waited on the exhausted queen. They had the advantage that among their number was Elizabeth's lifelong admirer John Aylmer, now Bishop of London. . . . The Council's view was repeated to the queen, and before she could open her lips to protest, Dr. Aylmer said to her that he had not many teeth left in his head, but such as he had were entirely at her service. The surgeon should now pull one of them out, and she would see that it was no such great matter. The surgeon then drew one of the bishop's teeth, and the queen consented to have her own taken out."

Good help like that is hard to find these days.

About Sunday 15 November 1663

Clark Kent  •  Link

Re San Diego Sarah's comment about doom predictions--see Stephen Hawking's prediction published on line today that the human race will experience a major die-off in the next thousand years. Given the outcome of the recent U.S. election, I think it could come much sooner. We'll have to wait and see.

About Wednesday 7 October 1663

Clark Kent  •  Link

Perhaps Sam is love-sick over Mrs. Lane. As Sir John Suckling so eloquently observed,

"Love is the fart of every heart;
It pains a man when it is kept close,
And others doth offend,
When 'tis set loose."