Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
At our last house I would display my grandfather's American flag in front of the house and would always receive compliments although no one every realized the flag had only 46 stars. If I explained it had only 46 the reply was typically "Oh, that was before Hawaii and Alaska." Actually history and geography is not taught in schools I say joking (our local high school just eliminated the geography teacher due to budget cuts) and the 46 state to be admitted was the Indian Territory of Oklahoma about a hundred years ago.
Beside the various city sponsored firework displays there were several backyard or local street citizens that continued late in to the night causing my hairy first mate to grouse even in her cabin bunk. The next day their were fewer folks to see and the wind conditions were great as we went seaward. If you wait to late the wind in the gulch can kick up making a single handed departure tedious as the hairy first mate does nothing to help and must be lashed to the mast to prevent her jumping ship at the last moment. Upon our return in the afternoon we set out to visit others in our rubber dingy but the internal air supply for some reason wouldn't stay in place so our motoring to distance islands were held off until the leak could be found. A bucket of soap water and much searching found the pin hole causing the trouble so maybe next time we can go in search of grass skirts and ukuleles.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
"large number" (especially of fish), 1579, apparently identical with O.E. scolu "band, troop, school of fish," but perhaps rather a 16c. adoption of cognate M.Du. schole, both from P.Gmc. *skulo- (cf. O.S. scola "multitude," W.Fris. skoal), perhaps with a lit. sense of "division," from PIE base *skel- "to divide." Related to school "a crowd of fish" (q.v.). For possible sense development, cf. section from L. secare "to cut."
On the 16th of November, in the afternoon, we lost a boat during our work in a shoal of whales. I was in the boat myself, with five others, and was standing in the fore part with the harpoon in my hand, well braced, expecting every instant to catch sight of one of the shoal which we were in so that I might strike.