So, along with many other people, Ciwt received an email copy of a letter from F. Scott Fizgerald while quarantined in the South of France during the Spanish Flu pandemic in the early 1900's. There were all the lyrical sentences, the boozey references, the ongoing frenemy spat with Hemingway. Ciwt has long loved Fitzgerald's writing and was thrilled to read a letter she'd never encountered before.
Unfortunately, the reason she'd never encountered it was that it was actually written
like now by Nick Farriella of the humor website McSweeney's. But Ciwt is going to post it anyway, for nostalgia's sake.
Pursuing her current interest in history, revived from college major days, Ciwt took a closer look today at Pershing Square on the Main Post of the Presidio. The flagpole marks the site of General 'Black Jack' Pershing's house while he was briefly Commander of the Presidio in 1913-15. It commemorates General Pershing's highly distinquished and much decorated career as well, sadly, as the house fire that claimed the lives of his wife and three of his children while Pershing was in Texas pursuing Mexican revolutionary 'Pancho Villa.'
The flagpole is flanked on either side by cannon. The name of one, El Birgen de Barbaned, wraps around the barrel, and when Ciwt returned home she found it was forged in Lima, Peru, and, along with five other Spanish cannons in the Presidio, is among the oldest artillery in North America.
Of course there's online yoga, workouts, brainiac stuff, you name it. If we have to shelter in place, this seems a good era to be doing it in.
* In case not: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, known as LEONARDO DA VINCI (Vinci,1452-Amboise,1519), Portrait of Lisa Gherardini, wife of Francesco del Giocondo, known as the Mona Lisa, c. 1503-19 Louvre Museum, Paris, France