Monday, February 11, 2019

February 10, 2019     Sea Day,   Crossed the Equator

"The pen is the lever that Moves the World"   ---   Thomas De Witt Talmage

We crossed the equator today.  Places on the equator experience the quickest rates of sunrise or sunset and theoretically experience 12 hours of night and day year round.  Spaceports near the equator are most efficient for launches space craft as the surface is travelling faster than any point on earth.

All Polliwoggs, soft gushy creatures crossing the equator for the first time, are forcefully inducted into the Society of Shellbacks through a process of dunking and fish kissing.  Happy to have that behind us in the past!

David and Younga Craddock invited us to their penthouse for cocktails before dinner as he  turned 68.  Another day of great dining, yoga and visiting.

Professor Roger Cartwright gave a lecture on Paul Gauguin, the flawed French post impressionist painter.  His paintings have sold for up to $300 million, but he was very poor when he died. 

Van Gogh and Gauguin were friends until Gauguin cut off Van Gogh's ear lob in a bar dispute.  This dispels the historical conjecture that Van Gogh cut it off because of Meniere's disease. (Ringing inner ear) Recent testing verified that he did not die of syphilis, contrary to historical writings.

David and Younga


Crossing the Equator

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