June 13th, 2002

Fishy Circumstances


Yesterday's 5 pages took longer than Tuesday's 10. So today's goal is all of 15 pages, but I don't know how work intensive any of them are. At some point today I'll go to the hardware store and buy the clippers and planters I've been thinking about for a few weeks. Now that I have the pepper seedlings, the planters, at least, have become more urgent.
Fishy Circumstances


I'm somewhat bemused by my landlady. Every few weeks she'll include us in a mass forward. In this case, it's a letter from the Tourism board of Colorado, assuring the world that no, all of Colorado isn't on fire and yes, there's still plenty to come see and do. Quite rightly, a state of emergency has been declared in Colorado, as the BBC reports. Yes, it's a disaster. About 40 miles worth of fire. Colorado is a great deal larger than that.
Fishy Circumstances


Today's proving erratic. Lunch only succeeded in making me more hungry. I'm still having trouble concentrating. I am now, however, the proud owner of a set of pruning shears, a planter large enough for at least 4 of the 6 pepper plants, and some barbecue equiptment. It's not all a loss.
Fishy Circumstances

On Cats and Dogs in Ancient Egypt

According to Herodotus, in his Histories:
"In households where a cat dies a natural death, all the people living there shave off their eyebrows -- nothing more. In households where a dog dies, they shave their whole bodies, head and all."
Oxford World's Classics (1998), trans. R. Waterfield. p. 121

I had no idea. Ancient Egypt has such a stereotype of cat-worship, but I realize I've never known a thing about the status of dogs there and then.