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“A Morning Scene in a Hut” by James McHenry

Now through the camp the morning gun resounds:
Now, noisy Gibbs the nightly watch relieves
Up, up my sons! Grave Harrison exclaims,
( a learned clerk and not unknown to fame)
and forth displays large packets unexplored.
Tilghman, accustom’d to the well known voice,
Pulls up his stockings smiling and preludes
His daily labor with some mirthful stroke
But falls, like, down without inflicting pain.
Kidder of gentle soul, and courage true,
And dearly lov’d by all for worth most rare,
Such as in times of yore fill’d Bayard’s breast,
Uprose, to plead for others longer sleep.
But not might smooth the ancients care-worn brow
He restless would pace the hut & still
On Ham, and Henry call; congenial pair
Who in rough blankets wrapped snor’d loud defiance
To packets huge, to morning gun & Gibbs!
Fort oft in gamesome mood these twain combin’d
To tease Sctarius through him they pris’d
Next to the chief who holds the reins of War.

Source: Journal of a March, a Battle, and a Waterfall Elaborated from the Diary of the year 1778 by James McHenry

Robert Hanson Harrison calling them “my sons” when demanding that they wake up and get their asses moving. Tench Tilghman already getting himself ready but tripping and falling (he is unharmed). Richard Kidder Meade sitting up and asking that they be allowed to sleep for a little bit longer because he is the best. Harrison being undeterred and gets referred to as “The ancient” (There it is again! Calling him Ancient!! It was more than just John Laurens!) as he paced and tried to get Alexander Hamilton and McHenry to get up but Hamilton and McHenry are protesting the large packets of new letters Harrison has brought for them, the wake-up guns, Caleb Gibbs being noisy, and just not wanting to get up for work in general by wrapping themselves up tighter in their blankets and snoring louder just to tease Harrison.

This brings me joy. Everything about this is 10/10. Anything that gives us a glimpse of life at headquarters for the aides, in general, is a 10/10. 

Andrea Palladio, Villa Barbaro, Maser, 1554-1560
Erik Gunnar Asplund, Lister County Courthouse, Solvesborg, Sweden, 1917-1921
Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company, Old Car Barn
McKim, Mead & White, William G. Low House, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, 1886-1887 (demolished 1962)
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Braun, Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 1959-1964
Paolo Zermani, Casa Zermani, Varano, Italia, 1997

I had a long drive today and Hamilton was finishing up towards the start of it. I haven’t cried listening to Hamilton in months, but today when “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” was playing and the line “I interview every soldier who fought by your side (She tells our stories)” played I started crying because I remembered how Richard Kidder Meade died 7 months after Hamilton on February 9, 1805 and in his son William’s autobiography William states that Hamilton’s death weighed very heavily on his father’s mind until, he believed, the hour of his father’s own death. Eliza never would have been able to interview him about Hamilton. Then after that, it all cascaded when I remembered that John Laurens died in 1782, Tench Tilghman in 1786, Robert Hanson Harrison in 1790, and then John Fitzgerald and George Washington in 1799. So Eliza never got to interview every soldier who fought at Alexander’s side and that’s probably why we don’t really know many specifics about his time as an aide. All of his fellow aides he worked closely with had either died before him or soon after him with the exceptions of James McHenry, Caleb Gibbs, and George Lewis and I just got sad and couldn’t stop thinking about it for the rest of the drive.

Game Of Thrones Playlist
  • Cersei Lannister: Killer Queen - Queen
  • Jamie Lannister: By The Sword In My Hand - Tyr
  • Tyrion Lannister: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
  • Tywin Lannister: It's A Man's World - James Brown
  • Margaery Tyrell: She's A Lady - Tom Jones
  • Loras Tyrell: Boyfriend - Avril Lavigne
  • Olenna Tyrell: Poison - Alice Cooper
  • Renly Baratheon: That Boy Is A Bottom - WVD
  • Stannis Baratheon: Underdog - You Me At Six
  • Robert Baratheon: Wenches & Mead - Alestorm
  • Daenerys Targaryen: Skies On Fire - AC/DC
  • Khal Drogo: Warrior - Imagine Dragons
  • Ned Stark: Heads Will Roll - The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Caitlyn Stark: Bitch - Meredith Brooks
  • Robb Stark: House of Wolves - My Chemical Romance
  • Jon Snow: Lonely - Akon
  • Sansa Stark: Temporary Home - Carrie Underwood
  • Bran Stark: I Believe I Can Fly - R Kelly
  • Arya Stark: Survivor - Destiny's Child
  • Oberyn Martell: House Of The Rising Sun - The Doors
  • Petyr Baelish: Ship Of Promises - The Villagers
Age Comparison for Some Aides

In 1776, Tench Tilghman was 32, Robert Hanson Harrison - 31, Richard Kidder Meade - 30, David Humphreys - 24, James McHenry - 23, John Laurens - 22, and Alexander Hamilton - 21/19


Are you a Watcher or a Player?

Hard-working high school senior VENUS “VEE” DE MARCO (Emma Roberts) has had it with living her life on the sidelines, while her attention-loving best friend SYDNEY (Emily Meade) breaks all the rules and has all the fun.  Determined to escape her college-bound comfort zone, Vee intends to sign up for just one dare but finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition.

Paired with a mysterious partner IAN (Dave Franco), Vee finds she’s braver than she thought. But when the game takes a sinister turn, Vee tries to opt out, only to discover that her entire future is dependent on winning the final death-defying round…or destroying the game itself.

Based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost. Produce by Lionsgate and Alli Shearmur Productions.

MAY 8, 2017

MAY 8: Eddy Arnold, David Attenborough, Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire), Saul Bass, Dirk Bogarde, Joe Bonamassa, Bill Cowher, Mike D’Antoni, Bjorn Dixgard (Mando Diao), Gustave Flaubert, Bryan Forbes, Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Paul Gauguin, Melissa Gilbert, Gary Glitter, Michel Gondry, Adrian Gonzalez, Beth Henley, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Jarrett, Robert Johnson, Naomi Klein, Lou Lombardo, Ronnie Lott, Vicky McClure, Janet McTeer, Taylor Mead, Robert Mugge, Ricky Nelson, George Peppard, Thomas Pynchon, Rockets Redglare, Don Rickles, Roberto Rossellini, Dave Rowntree (Blur), Paul Samwell-Smith (Yardbirds), Sebastian Schipper, Maurice Sendak, Lovie Smith, Toni Tennille (Captain and Tennille), Harry S. Truman, Alex Van Halen (Van Halen), Martha Wainwright, Kemba Walker, Bill Weber…

ALBUMS OF THE DAY: The Beatles “Let it Be” (1970), Blur “Blur” (1997), Earth, Wind and Fire “The Best of” (1978), Robert Johnson “The Complete Recordings” (1990), Mando Diao “Bring ‘Em In” (2002), Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool” (2016), Talking Heads “77” (1977), Van Halen “Diver Down” (1982), Martha Wainwright “Martha Wainwright” (2005), The Yardbirds “Ultimate!” (2001)

BOOKS OF THE DAY: Gustave Flaubert “Madame Bovary” (1856), Naomi Klein “Fences and Windows” (2002), Thomas Pynchon “Mason and Dixon” (1997), Maurice Sendak “Where the Wild Things Are” (1963)

CRITERIONS OF THE DAY: The Age of Medici (1973), Blaise Pascal (1972), Cartesius (1974), Europa ‘51 (1952), The Flowers of St. Francis (1950), Il Generale Della Rovere (1959), Germany Year Zero (1948), Journey to Italy (1954), Open City (1945), Paisan (1946), Stromboli (1950), The Taking of Power by Louis XIV (1966)

DOC’S OF THE DAY: The Corporation (2003), Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006), Deep Blues (1991), Hellhounds on My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson (2000), Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? (2013), Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project (2007), New Orleans Music in Exile (2006), Planet Earth (2006), Rockets Redglare! (2003), The Shock Doctrine (2009), Stop Making Sense (1984), Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise (1980), Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak (2009), The Thorn in the Heart (2009), We Were Here (2011), The Work of Michel Gondry (2003)

FILMS OF THE DAY: Inherent Vice (2014), True Stories (1986), Victoria (2015), The We and the I (2012), Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

FOODIE: Coca-Cola, Coconut Cream Pie

HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: 1958 - Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by anti-American protesters in Lima, Peru. 1978 - Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler climb Mount Everest without oxygen supply. Prior to the Italian and Austrian mountaineers’ ascent, it was thought to be impossible to conquer the world’s highest mountain without supplemental oxygen. 1973 - Militant American Indians who had held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for 10 weeks surrendered. 1956 - Alfred E. Neuman appeared on the cover of “Mad Magazine” for the first time. 1886 - Coca-Cola is introduced. Chemist John Pemberton developed Coca-Cola, a nonalcoholic version of French Wine Coca. The first sales were at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. It was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass at soda fountains, which were popular in the United States at the time due to the belief that carbonated water was good for the health. Pemberton claimed Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, indigestion, nerve disorders, headaches, and impotence.

HOLIDAY: Red Cross Day

“No one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced” Attenborough

“One becomes a critic when one cannot be an artist.  Just like a man becomes a stool pigeon when he cannot be a soldier.” Flaubert

“I’ve dreamed a lot, but i’m not a very good sleeper.” Gondry

“The truly powerful feed ideology to the masses like fast food while they dine on the most rarified delicacy of all: impunity.” Klein

“The general public has long been divided into two parts; those who think that science can do anything and those who are afraid it will.” Pynchon

“You throw your best punch, otherwise don’t do it.” Rickles

“There must be more to life than having everything!” Sendak

pictured: Chris Frantz (Born 1951) and Talking Heads, Michel Gondry (Born 1963),  Alex Van Halen (Born 1953) and Van Halen