Which City Should You Live In …


So, today I took one of those online personality tests on QUIZONY.COM …

… and, as usual, was frustrated by the fact that I wasn’t given more choices …

… such as “None of the Above”, “You’ve Got to be Kidding Me” and “Don’t be Ridiculous”.

Nevertheless, I finished the quiz, with the result that I should apparently live in London, England:

Slide1Not a chance, of course, but I couldn’t help wondering what the result would have been had I been able to choose answers that I actually liked.

So, I added to the quiz my preferred responses … knowing that there is no way to score the quiz this way, of course, I will never know the answer … but it was fun working on this.

Here is the quiz the way it would look if it included my preferred responses:

Slide2Slide3Slide4You can take the quiz yourself here:

http://www.quizony.com/city/index.html

I also wonder how many other cities come up in the results … there are 19,683 possible combinations of 9 questions with 3 answers each … 3 to the 9th power … though I have my doubts whether quizony went to the trouble of creating that many possible outcomes!

———- ooo ———-

Update May 1, 2014:

My daughter Risa posted a comment on Facebook about this quiz:

The answer is “You Should Live in Buford, Wyoming”.

Which prompted me to add one more question to the quiz …

Weather Question… with the observation, “I don’t think so.”  😉

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The Mutiny on the Bounty … 1789 …


Monday, April 28, 2014, was the 225th Anniversary of another historical event which has always fascinated me — the Mutiny on HMS Bounty …

… the basic story, of course, is well-known … a group of mutineers, led by Fletcher Christian … … overthrew their captain (actually Lieutenant) William Bligh …

… setting him and 18 loyal crewmen adrift on the Pacific Ocean in a 23 foot open launch …

The mutineers then tried unsuccessfully for several weeks to settle on the island of Tubuai … set sail again, dropping off 16 sailors on Tahiti, and sailing on to Pitcairn Island … 

… there they burned the ship …

Burning of HMS Bounty in Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island

Burning of HMS Bounty in Bounty Bay, Pitcairn Island

… in what is now called Bounty Bay and settled on the island. The settlers included Fletcher Christian, eight other crewmen, six Tahitian men, and 18 women, one with a baby.

What is less well-known is the aftermath — for both Christian and Bligh. The latter navigated the launch in which he had been set adrift for 47 days until reaching Timor in the Dutch East Indies …

William Bligh's 47 Day Voyage

William Bligh’s 47 Day Voyage

… he did this with a quadrant and a pocket watch, but no charts or compass, and covered a distance of approximately 3,618 nautical miles or 4,164 miles, an extraordinary feat of seamanship. Bligh went on to have a long and successful career in the British Navy.

On Pitcairn …

… things were less sanguine. The Tahitians who had accompanied the Englishmen to Pitcairn were treated as virtual slaves and eventually revolted. There is some disagreement in surviving accounts of what happened, but what is clear is that Christian, most of the other Englishmen and all of the Tahitian men died in a series of battles that took place just four years after the landing. Some reports indicate that Christian actually committed suicide during the fighting.

By 1808, when the American trading ship Topaz visited Pitcairn, only one Englishman (John Adams), nine women and a handful of children were still alive.

John Adams Pitcairn Island Stamp

John Adams Pitcairn Island Stamp

Their descendants (approximately 48 people) still live today on Pitcairn, a British overseas territory.

Pitcairn Island TodayBligh later wrote a book about the incident,”The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty” …

The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty by William Bligh

The Mutiny on Board HMS Bounty by William Bligh

… as did Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, whose 1932 novel “Mutiny on the Bounty” was my introduction to the event in the mid-1950’s.

Mutiny on the Bounty by Nordhoff & Hall

Mutiny on the Bounty by Nordhoff & Hall

I later read the Notable Trials Library edition of “The Court-Martial of the ‘Bounty’ Mutineers”…

The Court Martial of the "Bounty" Mutineers, The Notable Trials Library

The Court Martial of the “Bounty” Mutineers, The Notable Trials Library

… which was first published in England in 1931, and which contains both correspondence among the principals and a transcript of the courts-martial proceedings against Bligh and the mutineers who were captured on Tahiti.

More recently, Caroline Alexander has written “The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty”, which brings to the events a more modern interpretation.

The Bounty:  The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander

The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline Alexander

And, of course, Hollywood has made three big budget movies about the Bounty:

In 1935, “The Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Charles Laughton as Bligh and Clark Gable as Christian …

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935

Mutiny on the Bounty 1935

… in 1962, “The Mutiny on the Bounty”, starring Trevor Howard as Bligh and Marlon Brando as Christian …

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962

… and in 1984, “The Bounty”, starring Anthony Hopkins as Bligh and Mel Gibson as Christian …

The Bounty 1984

The Bounty 1984

I have watched all three multiple times … each has strengths and weaknesses … my personal favorite among them is the 1962 version.

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For more information about the Mutiny on the Bounty, see:

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Mutiny_on_the_Bounty

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 …


Today is the anniversary of another disaster which has long fascinated me … the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Even before moving to the Bay Area and experiencing first-hand the most damaging earthquake since the Great Quake (Loma Prieta in 1989), I had read many articles and several books about the 1906 event … the best of which, in my opinion, is “The San Francisco Earthquake” by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts.

The San Francisco Earthquake by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witt

The San Francisco Earthquake by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witt

Most of the damage to San Francisco as a result of the ’06 quake actually resulted from the ensuing fire, rather than directly from the earthquake … roughly one-quarter of the city was destroyed by the fire.

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 1906

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 1906

San Francisco Earthquake 1906 Map of Fire Damage

San Francisco Earthquake 1906 Map of Fire Damage

The quake was on the San Andreas fault … which ruptured along 296 miles of its length … more than 10 times the length of the Loma Prieta rupture … which means, of course, that damage extended far beyond San Francisco … and reached into Marin County …

San Francisco Earthquake -- Damage on the Fault Line

San Francisco Earthquake — Damage on the Fault Line

…lateral movement was as much as 24 feet in some places …though there now remains little physical evidence of this movement, the Earthquake Trail at Point Reyes National Seashore still shows a good example:

San Francisco Earthquake 1906 Pt. Reyes Fence Displaced

San Francisco Earthquake 1906 Pt. Reyes Fence Displaced

The Pt. Reyes Fence Today

The Pt. Reyes Earthquake Fence Today

One of my favorite items among my collectible postcards is one that was mailed from the “Tamalpais CA” post office on the day of the quake … unfortunately, the postmark does not indicate the time of mailing … nor have I been able to determine exactly where in Marin County the “Tamalpais” post office was located at that time … but the card must have been postmarked close in time and location to the Great Quake.

San Francisco Earthquake "Tamalpais CA" Postcard

San Francisco Earthquake “Tamalpais CA” Postcard

San Francisco Earthquake "Tamalpais CA" Postcard -- Postmarked April 18, 1906

San Francisco Earthquake “Tamalpais CA” Postcard — Postmarked April 18, 1906

I bought the postcard in a lot of Mt. Tamalpais postcards on eBay several years ago and discovered the historic postmark only after they had arrived.


Some interesting facts about the San Francisco earthquake:

The quake is now estimated to have been about 7.8 on the Richter Scale (which had not yet been devised at that time).  Property damage was estimated at $400 million … more than $5 billion in today’s terms when adjusted for inflation … more than 28,000 buildings were destroyed … and more than half of San Francisco’s 400,000 residents were left homeless.

San Francisco Earthquake Ruins

San Francisco Earthquake Ruins

The Valencia St. Hotel had been built on filled land … which liquified during the quake … three of the four floors of the hotel were swallowed up by the ground … with the loss of more than 100 lives.

The Valenda St. Hotel Sank into the Ground

The Valenda St. Hotel Sank into the Ground

Among those killed in the quake was San Francisco’s fire chief, Dennis Sullivan … he was asleep in his room on the third floor of the Engine House adjoining the California Hotel when the quake struck … and toppled the hotel’s brick chimney and dome onto the fire house quarters, causing the 2nd and 3rd floors to collapse onto the ground floor … Sullivan was severely injured and died at the Presidio Hospital on April 22, 1906.

A. P. Giannini, founder of the Bank of Italy, saved his bank’s assets in the aftermath of the quake by moving them out of the city to his home in San Mateo … with public transportation disrupted by the quake, he walked the 17 miles from his home to the bank … hired a wagon to move the bank’s money, gold and other valuables … and later returned to set up shop on the sidewalk in front of the ruined bank building … his bank made millions of dollars in reconstruction loans … and eventually became the Bank of America, one of the biggest in the world.

A. P. Giannini

A. P. Giannini, Founder of Bank of Italy (later Bank of America)

For more information about Giannini and his bank rescue, see:

http://mceer.buffalo.edu/1906_Earthquake/personal_stories/ap-giannini.asp

And for more information about the earthquake, see:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1906/18april/index.php

http://www.history.com/topics/1906-san-francisco-earthquake

http://mceer.buffalo.edu/1906_Earthquake/additional_information/earthquake-facts.asp

Oh, they built the ship Titanic …


RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic

Today is the 102nd Anniversary of the sinking of the great British ocean liner RMS Titanic … an event regarding which I have been fascinated since childhood.

That fascination actually began during cub scout, boy scout and state conservation summer camps that I attended as a child … during which it was common at evening meals to sing a then popular song about the tragedy:

Oh, they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue.
And they thought they had a ship that the water would never get through.
But the Lord’s almighty hand knew the ship would never land,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Chorus:
Oh, it was sad,
It was sad,
It was sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the….
Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

They sailed on through the night and were almost to the shore,
When the rich refused to associate with the poor.
So they threw the poor below, where they were the first to go,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Repeat chorus

Then they swung the lifeboats o’er the deep and raging sea,
And the band struck up with “Nearer My God to Thee”.
Little children wept and cried as the waves swept o’er the side,
It was sad when the great ship went down.

Repeat chorus

There are any number of additional verses … and/or variations on those I remember (each verse of the current “official” Boy Scout version is somewhat different than the ones I recall singing).

RMS Titanic at sea.

RMS Titanic at sea.

My fascination with the Titanic continued throughout the years … and I avidly followed the efforts of oceanographer Robert Ballard to find the wreck.

Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard

No one was more excited than I when he finally succeeded … I have since watched his documentaries about the search many times, have his beautiful book about the Titanic and other “Lost Liners” …

"Lost Liners" by Robert Ballard

“Lost Liners” by Robert Ballard and Rick Archbold with Paintings by Ken Marschall

… and love the gorgeous paintings that Ken Marschall did for that book and “Titanic — An Illustrated History” by Don Lynch …

"Titanic - An Illustrated History" by Don Lynch with Illustrations by Ken Marschall

“Titanic – An Illustrated History” by Don Lynch with Illustrations by Ken Marschall

Titanic Sailing Toward the Iceberg

Titanic Sailing Toward the Iceberg

Titanic Sinking

Titanic Sinking

And of course there are the documentaries by Ballard and others showing Titanic today … lying in two major pieces on the floor of the Atlantic …

Titanic Bow Section on Ocean Floor

Titanic Bow Section on Ocean Floor

Titanic Aft Section on the Ocean Floor

Titanic Aft Section on the Ocean Floor

… and this poignant view of the human cost …

Titanic Shoes on the Ocean Floor

Titanic Shoes on the Ocean Floor

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For alternative verses of the Titanic song, see:

http://www.scoutsongs.com/lyrics/titanic.html

and

http://www.scoutorama.com/song/song_display.cfm?song_id=173

And for a YouTube performance of one version of the Titanic song, see:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=oh+they+built+the+ship+titanic+lyrics&qpvt=oh+they+built+the+ship+titanic+lyrics&FORM=VDRE#view=detail&mid=3FD9136A9A97A0CC96833FD9136A9A97A0CC9683

Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly — 4-14-48 to 11-1-1999


Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Today my wife Sandy would have been 66 years old, had breast cancer not taken her life nearly 15 years ago.

Sandy was a loving wife and mother, especially the latter — you did not want to cross her regarding any of our children!

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

She was also an excellent teacher after returning to school at Dominican College and obtaining both her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate while battling cancer.  I discussed details of this extraordinary five-year struggle with cancer here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/could-i-have-this-dance/:

Today, though, I would prefer to remember the good times, so here are more photos of Sandy over the years.

Sandy was a happy baby 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy was a happy baby — 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy the Cowgirl 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Cowgirl Sandy 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

For photos from our wedding on December 7, 1968, see:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/december-7th/

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Four Generations (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas)

Four Generations of Douglas-Reilly women —– (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas — Senatobia MS 1981)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983  (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983 (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

At Doug's Graduation from Cal 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Doug’s Graduation University of California 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Risa's Graduation New York University 1997 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Risa’s Graduation New York University 1999 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

 

 

Happy 15th Birthday Nano!


Happy 15th Birthday to Nano!

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I am also happy to report that Nano appears to have fully recovered from her bout of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis that I blogged about here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/nano-one-in-a-billion/

She remained sick for more than a week, suffering from both the HGE and a urinary tract infection. During this time, she was on three different meds and had to be fed special food.

Now she is pretty much back to her pre-HGE normal, albeit still otherwise suffering from the ailments of her advanced age (poor eyesight, hearing loss and difficulty making her way up and down stairs).

We have made two permanent changes in her diet — because of her incipient kidney problems, her primary food now is Hills prescription diet “k/d Canine” Renal Health canned food. She gets one-half can each in the morning and evening.

And for treats, her new favorite, grain-free “Yummy Chummies” Wild Alaska Salmon chunks.

Nano also says thanks and slobbery doggy kisses to all who expressed concern for her during her illness.

Nano -- 2010

Nano

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All Photos in this blog Copyright Jim Reilly 2014