To end the first week of October let’s go back to the evening of September 16th down at Its Beach. It was a pleasant sunset that night and the formation of pelicans that flew overhead didn’t exactly hurt my feelings. I was down there the night before and had missed a couple of shots that I’m still kicking myself over because I left my camera in my car. In the words of the Jewish Defense League, “Never Again.” There was an interesting sunset down at Its two nights ago as the light thru the arch was just spectacular. It’s been orange delightful and lots of exotic arch shots coming in the future.
So let’s go back in history and take a look at some of the highlights of the first week of October. Back on October 1, 1908, Henry Ford’s T, a “universal car” designed for the masses, went on sale for the first time. It was generally regarded as the first affordable automobile, the car that “put America on wheels.” In the beginning the T sold for $850, not including cassette player, foam dice and air bags.
On October 1, 1949, the People’s Republic of China was founded with Mao Tse-Tung (or Mao Zedong) as Chairman. Mao was an unusual fellow who love to swim and in his youth advocated swimming as the way of strengthening the bodies of Chinese citizens. Mao was constantly swimming, whether in a large pool constructed for top party leaders, in the stormy ocean off of China’s north coast or the heavily polluted rivers of South China. His ruthless vision united a fractured people and inspired revolutions far beyond Chinese borders. And here’s a little known fact-Mao was also responsible for naming the sweet and sour chicken as China’s national bird.
On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation designating the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. He later added to that proclamation by designating the rest of the weekend as the Festival of Leftovers in accordance with National Cranberry Sauce week.
October 3, 1998, is the anniversary of one of the greatest travesties in American justice as O. J. Simpson’s double trial ended with an acquittal. Or as in the words of his now deceased lead attorney Johnnie Cochran, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” In this case Robert Shapiro, co-counsel for the Simpson defense, accused Cochran of dealing the “race card from the bottom of the deck.” Ah, brotherly love. Personally, I haven’t been impressed with any of O.J’s work since his appearance in the Zucker Brother’s comedy classic “The Gun.”
And finally, belated birthday wishes go out to Indian spiritual and political leader Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi, who was born on October 2, 1869 in Probandar, India. He achieved worldwide fame for his devout lifestyle (which I my own after) and nonviolent resistance which ended the British rule over India. Gandhi, who married at the ripe old age of 13 to an even younger bride, was assassinated by a religious fanatic in the garden of his home in New Delhi on January 30, 1948. As stains appeared in his white woolen shawl, his hands still folded in a greeting, Gandhi blessed his assassin. He Ram! He Ram! Myself, I don’t think I would have been quite as forgiving.
So that finishes out the week. Remember, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life but more importantly, the first Day of Open Studios. If you like a variety of local landscape and nature photography at affordable prices, my home/studio will be the place to be. Feel free to tell your friends, neighbors or any visiting dignitaries. So enjoy the baseball playoffs and the NFL this weekend and we’ll catch you at the same place, different time next week. Aloha.