Djokovic

Reading this New Yorker profile of Djokovic, which reprints his daily schedule.  I’ve decided I’m going to copy it, just replacing tennis stuff with writing:

7:30 Wake-up.  Tepid glass of water.  Stretching.  A bowl of muesli with a handful of mixed nuts, some sunflower seeds, sliced fruit, and a small scoop of coconut oil.  Chew very slowly.

8:30.  Writing.  Drink two bottles of energy drink, adding a hydration drink with electrolytes if it’s humid

10:00 Stretching.  Check color of urine.

11:00 Sports massage.

12:00  Lunch.  Gluten-free pasta with vegetables.

1:30 Writing.  Drink organic protein shake made from water mixed with pea protein.

2:30 Stretching.

3:00 Sentence practice.

4:30 Stretching

5:00 Business meetings.

7:30 Dinner.  No Alcohol.  No Dessert.  Protein. Vegetables, but not beets, potatoes, parsnips, squash or pumpkin, which are too high in carbs.

(picture found here, credit Picture: Dita Alangkara Source: AP)


History is crazy

From this review of this book, about an executioner in 16th century Germany.  Being an executioner was, needless to say, a bummer job and here’s how he ended up with it:

His own apprenticeship as an executioner was the result of a catastrophic fall in family fortunes, originating in an episode of almost cinematic vividness. In October 1553, the erratic and unpopular Prince Albrecht Alcibiades von Brandenburg-Kulmbach suspected three local gunsmiths of plotting against his life. Invoking an ancient custom, he commanded a hapless bystander to execute them on the spot. Frantz’s father, Heinrich, had no option but to carry out the commission and, tainted by the act, no options thereafter but to become a professional executioner.


Q: What is this?

A: crossectional mineral map of kimberlite rock in South Africa.


More Milch

QUESTION: I work for a homeless newspaper, and I encounter a lot of writing by people who are mentally divergent. In your years of self-confessed madness and drug abuse, did you have any moments of clarity?

MILCH: Once I was burying myself in Mexico . I had sold my passport to some criminals, and I got drawn further in by steps, as these things usually happen. There was a lunatic chemist who contracted a stomach ache, and a consort of his named Yum-Yum decided to treat it with an enema. Turns out he had peritonitis and she killed him. We were all down there illegally, so I was digging this guy’s grave, and I tossed the body in. I figured I should grab his ID just in case I eventually decided to do the right thing and contact his relatives, and found my own passport that I had sold six months before. That was a moment of clarity, but thanks to liberal amounts of chloroform, it didn’t last.

(from here, photo from here)


Leadership Shirt

Yeah, I’ll say!

That’s today’s Artwork Of The Day.

Going through my closet to determine which are my leadership shirts.


Nantucket Shark Mystery

From The Boston Globe:

A dead shark was found lying in front of the Sea Dog Brew Pub in Nantucket this morning and removed by the Department of Public Works.

The Department of Public Works assures is this is not a common occurrence:

“It’s not too often we find sharks on land like that,” said John Braginton-Smith, a foreman for the department.

He offers a theory:

“In summertime, someone can get one too many beers in them and think that’s amusing,” he said.

(ht Chestnut Hill office.  Photo is credited to Jimmy Agnew with caption “A fishy mystery.”)


A. J. Liebling

“The pattern of a newspaperman’s life is like the plot of ‘Black Beauty,’ ” A. J. Liebling wrote. “Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran mash in the form of a Christmas bonus, sometimes he falls into the hands of a mean owner who drives him in spite of spavins and expects him to live on potato peelings.”

(found that today on this New Yorker blog post about Bezos/WaPo.  If I had a business I really loved and I had to sell it, I think I’d be happy if Jeff Bezos bought it?)

Well, that resolved me on spending a profitable few minutes digging out my old copy of The Sweet Science and finding a choice paragraph of Liebling for Helytimes fans (“Heliacs”?).  How about:

By the time the first of the feature eight-rounders came on, the crowd was in fine voice.  It was a neighborhood crowd, except for the concentrated groups of fighters’ friends, and the neighborhood is not tough but hearty.  As it happens, this [Sunnyside Garden at 45th and Queens Boulevard] is the region to which the authentic Manhattan accent has emigrated, according to a learned cove I met at Columbia years ago, who went about making recordings of American regional modes of speech.  The more habitable quarters of Manhattan, he told me, have been preempted by successful inlanders who speak Iowese and Dakotahoman; the inhabitants of West Harlem talk like Faulkner characters, and East Harlem speaks Spanish.  “Just as the anthropologist who wishes to study pristine African culture must find it among the Djuka Negroes of Surinam, who were snatched from Africa in the eighteenth century, I must carry my tape recorder to Queens to study the New York speech of Henry James’ day,” he said.

Remember: he’s writing about a boxing match.  

The Sunnyside Garden no longer stands but it must’ve been around here.

Inside my copy of The Sweet Science, I found a chart I once made.  I was trying to link Lennox Lewis, whose hand I once shook, as far back into the history of boxing as possible by an unbroken connection of people who had punched each other.

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Looks like I made it to Jem Mace (1831-1910)

The goal was to get back all the way to Cribb and Molineaux.

I believe I later did this, but I don’t know where that chart is and it’s time to start my day.

Tom Molineaux was born a slave in Virginia, fought Tom Cribb in England in 1810, and “died penniless in the regimental bandroom in Galway in Ireland from liver failure [when he] was 34 years old.”