Archive for January 2006
Back in 1979, under the threat of a summer hurricane, it had been the wettest recorded year to date in Mississippi where I was working in archaeology on the new barge canal the US Congress picked over an “Energy Island” for NYC, I visited New Orleans to see a friend off from the LaSalle Hotel to the Yucatan. On that Sunday the “Times-Picayune” published a legend from outside of the city. It seems, Emperor Napoleon had a friend in the LaFitte’s, Thomas Jefferson’s wife related to them by marriage. The story was that Napoleon was allowed long walks, away from his guard, and sat on the beach. He was smuggled off the island of exile, leaving a large cross of sticks in his long coat and hat. He apparently however was ill and had a heart attack within sight of the Yucatan, Mexico and was buried under another name in the LaFitte cemetery. How long, of course, becomes the question maybe he was removed maybe he’s still there. The French are going to do a DNA analysis on his remains in Paris to make sure. There was always some problem with the official autopsy, reviewed by the Scottish Medical Association around 1973 (also researched by others). For sure, however, there is a bust of Thomas Jefferson in the LaFitte Vineyards in France where he visited and they say he had a talent for wine tasting and appreciation. I once introduced the Bordeaux wines at the Buffalo University back in 1974 on the new Amherst, NY campus, in an I.M. Pei designed dormitory, after or before “Watergate” and “Winegate“.
The hurricane fizzled out after 4″ of rain, during the “Arab” oil embargo. I returned to work on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal, which runs from the Tennessee River to Mobile, Alabama, staying in Columbus and Belmont, Mississippi. Elvis Presley’s father died that summer. This film has some of the elements in it. The Emperor’s New Clothes (2001)
Comment: It was reported that Monica Lewinsky lived in the Watergate complex, next door to Bob and Libby Dole. Mark Russell, who performed his political satire at “Washingtonâ€™s Shoreham Hotel in a popular act attended by politicians, the media and tourists” was transmitted later from the new theater at Buffalo University on PBS, he a native of Buffalo. It is part of a dormitory complex designed by Davis-Brody, who built “Waterside” and other low and middle income housing in NYC often “promised” in return for expensive high-rise “deals”.
Just before 9/11/01 it was discussed that the World Trade Center was going to be up for sale and a certain “windfall” would accrue from its sale as part of New York City’s share in it. The various candidates for Mayor were asked on television (the primary was held around 9/11) what they would do with the money. One candidate said he would build the 40,000 low and middle income housing units that were promised in the original compromise made in constructing the World Trade Center, outside the building codes of NYC, and NOT in the South Street Seaport, as orginally planned. So the Port Authority really is an ’emperor’ of sorts to some.
This **** points to a good site for info about XP. I ran the tool with my virii checker AntiVir on (free for personal use) and up popped a couple of other things I had it delete (key logger, JOKE/RaPster).
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Some social anthropology: (don’t shoot!)
There is also the American football term, which is to drop the ball and kick it before it hits the ground, which was once before different, a “drop kick” kicked after it bounced up off the ground (country-western novelty song: “Drop kick me Jesus through the goal posts of life” has me confused). The “punt” has become synonymous for the “fourth down” kicked ball at the other team, when the previous efforts failed to advance the ball the required 10 yards in four downs, though the punt is still optional. The “punt” drop kick is much easier to control and goes usually much further than the bounced “drop kick” it replaced.
I was working for a CRM firm just off Wall Street in NYC recently, and they are in the building next to the “Irish Punt” (the restaurant is at 40 Exchange Place) a restaurant, next door, in the building used in a recent film, “Wolves of Wall Street” offered by William Shatner’s Sci-Fi/horror monthly DVD selection. I read that the “punt” was the national unit of currency in Ireland, like a “dollar” until now the “eu” is in use, Ireland in the European Union, its unit of currency now used there. Of course, a “punt” is also a small boat which is what I thought the restaurant was named after.
It’s amazing the intact artifacts they have found in the caves there, with ropes, etc. reported in the press, on the former “Arabian Gulf” on some older maps, the “Red Sea” on most today (though some have suggested the “Persian Gulf” should be rightfully renamed the “Arabian Gulf”). To Punt is where ancient Egyptians voyaged to some locations where they traded for exotic items, many of the real locations, still a mystery today. Perhaps to Axum’s coastal trade site (in “American Antiquity” a geoarchaeological analysis) Oman, Yemen and the mysterious Socotra or Soqotra (Arabic Suquá¹ra), where Alexander the Great its recorded obtained botanicals, in the Indian Ocean between Africa and the Arabian peninsula.
‘Museum’ instates Williams
Robin Williams has signed on to play Theodore Roosevelt in the Ben Stiller starrer “Night at the Museum” for 20th Century Fox.
Department of Special Collections
Donald C. Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara
Interesting site with a connection to NPS Edison National Historic Site in New Jersey (under construction).
Here’s the kicker: The former Governor of Massachusetts, William Weld is maybe running against Senator Hillary Clinton in NY State. Wikipedia says he’s running for Governor. He came from Smithtown! Out on the isle of Long! His family owned the now Suffolk County Blydenburgh Park on the lake in Smithtown I used to camp by with Explorer Post 222 of Lake Grove (we used to meet in the Wing Street School, since renamed). It was then called, The Weld Estate, (recently found with West Nile virus sites, a friend lives on it watching it and doing some archaeology stuff for the County. His Dad worked in Smithtown Highway for many years got sick of plowing snow, retired to Florida).
Governor Weld stepped down from office under President William Clinton to be the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, thought to be a no-brain nomination. Senate up and balked and bawled. Weld no longer Republican Governor, now not Democrat President Ambassador to Mexico. No no no we can’t have that! So he works too, in NYC (as does Prez Clinton him in Harlem, Weld on Wall St.?) They donated the Weld Estate I think to Suffolk County, I think more likely, maybe taxes. He’s under investigation for being on the board/running a high-priced vocational school, like $29,000 a year gets you a good tech job in St. Louis, Missouri. Bologna! It was a little water-powered industrial mill once, run by Blydenburghs? I took out a rowboat there once. My former alumni archaeology employer had their archaeology lab there after the Social Science Building opened at Stony Brook University, moving the Anthropology Dept. out of Graduate Chemistry and they weren’t given any room for Long Island Archaeology I think.