Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…
Bought the crew chocolate malts. Bribery is always an option.
July 28th 1914: Austria-Hungary Declares War on Serbia
The front page of The Washington Times above reports that following the unsatisfactory Serbian response to Austria’s July Ultimatum the Austro-Hungarian Empire have declared war on Serbia.
The Ultimatum had been drafted to be unacceptable and while Serbia had agreed to all but one of the ten demands Austria took the opportunity to declare war on the small Balkan state on its southern border. With Germany and Austro-Hungary declining to take part in suggested mediation talks. The declaration of war would suck Russia, Serbia’s ally, into the conflict forcing them to mobilise their forces.
The resulting mobilisations snowballed Europe into a total war the likes of which it had never seen. Following Germany’s declaration of war on Russia war between the rest of Europe’s major powers was inevitable.
It’s no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You’ve got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they’ve got to come. You can’t force them.
Location: Columbia River Gorge, OR
Date: July 17th, 2014
Not a bad state for great views.
The Court of the Kodachrome King
Outside the court of the kodachrome kings, they are waiting
With picture perfect posture ever mindful of their image, they are playing
The luster of their visions in 35mm shrines, secretly hating
The difference between the film and the reality, so sour, saying
“This is I, this is my world, this is sincerity” and painting in their minds their likeness
Among the murals on the ceiling
And when the doors are opened they enter entranced, embraced
Flower crowns atop their hair, faces painted all aglow for the glory of the hour
Impeccable and flawless for all the wrong reasons, yet elevated
By approximations of grace, now edified and tantalized
So they dance in the court of the kodachrome kings, these cellophane charlatans
Pursuing immortality in the flash of camera bulbs
Agelessly they flirt with aperture and shutter speed
Till the end of time, for theirs is an old tradition
I suppose they are right; they will waltz without need
They will twirl and spin well past the grave; pay no heed
To mortality, to futility, to destiny or comprehension
They will go on and on beyond the fade
A week after ‘To Have and Have Not’ wrapped:
I wish with all my heart that things were different - someday soon they will be. And now I know what was meant by ‘To say goodbye is to die a little’ - because when I walked away from you that last time and saw you standing there so darling I did die a little in my heart.
A few months later, while Bogie was on Coast Guard duty:
Baby, I do love you so dearly and I never, never want to hurt you or bring any unhappiness to you - I want you to have the loveliest life any mortal ever had. It’s been so long, darling, since I’ve cared so deeply for anyone that I just don’t know what to do or say. I can only say that I’ve searched my heart thoroughly these past two weeks and I know that I deeply adore you and I know that I’ve got to have you.
A week after that:
I want all the friends I’ve lost to meet you and know you and love you as I do - and live again with you, for the past years have been terribly tough, damn near drove me crazy. You’ll soon be here, Baby, and when you come you’ll bring everything that’s important to me in this world with you.
Slim darling, I wish I were your age again - perhaps a few years older - and no ties of any kind - no responsibilities - it would be so lovely, for there would be so many long years ahead for us instead of the few possible ones.
Jon Snow’s return from Gaza
Marathon runners eat your hearts out —- The Tendai Monks of Mt. Hiei.
The Tendai Monks of Mt. Hiei in Japan are an ancient Buddhist order that trace their origins as far back 806 AD. Masters of mental and physical discipline, among their regular meditation and religious worship, the Tendai Monks practice an ancient endurance challenge that ranks as one of the most grueling endurance challenges of all human history.
The Tendai Monks like to prove their mental discipline through acts of physical endurance. These devoted Buddhists take the saying, “where the mind goes, the body will follow” to the highest extreme. Called the “Kaihogyo” (circling the mountain), the Tendai Monks walk a series of roads and trails which circle Mt. Hiei. The full Kaihogyo takes seven years to complete altogether, with the first year being a trial period, and the remaining six being the ultimate challenge.
Most monks typically only do the first year of the Kaihogyo, which is a challenge in itself. In that year the monks walk 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) a day for 100 consecutive days. During the walk, the monks only take breaks to pray or meditate at the various shrines that circle Mt. Hiei. When walking the monks wear their traditional monastic garb, as well as hand woven straw sandals for footwear.
If a monk completes the first year of the Kaihogyo, he may petition the remaining monks to complete the remaining six years of the challenge. Originally in ancient and medieval Japan, there was no turning back after being accepted to complete the Kaihogyo. Those who failed to complete the challenge committed ritual suicide. Today in modern Japan, the suicide clause of the Kaihogyo has been removed from the challenge.
The remaining of the Kaihogyo follows as thus, on years 2 and 3 the monk must walk 30 km a day for 100 consecutive days. On years 4 and 5 the monk must walk 30 km a day for 200 consecutive days. On year 6 the monk must walk 60 km (37.3 miles) a day for 100 consecutive days. Finally on year 7 the monk must walk a whopping 84 km a day (52.2 miles) for a consecutive 100 days, followed by a “cooling off” period of 30 km a day for 100 consecutive days. During “rest periods” of the year, the monk is expected to complete all his monastic duties, such as administering to the public, meditating, worshiping, conducting scholarly studies, and completing chores around the monastery.
Those who complete Kaihogyo will have certainly achieved an amazing feet, walking 38,500 kilometers (23,860.7 miles). That’s only about 1,500 km short of walking the circumference of the Earth. Few have ever completed the challenge. In fact since 1885 only 46 monks have successfully completed the full 1,000 days. One of the oldest was a monk named Yusai Sakai, who completed the Kaihogyo at the age of 60 in 1987.