Kay and Pop surprised me. They were out of bed and in the kitchen at eight this morning. I said something as I rushed to get a sweet breakfast, forgetting about the waffles I had intended to make for myself: "Up early today!" She said that she has choir practice. Then she added, as if she knows the silent turns of my heart on this issue, that she will be coming back afterward. So I shouldn't get too happy. ... ... Trump: “We have by far the highest IQ of any Cabinet ever assembled!” [Wash Post] We have a cartoon character for a president. ... ... Shit! It turned sunny in the later morning, and with the sunny afternoon yesterday, I thought we might let the cats out. But I just stepped out back to check, and much of the lawn is still submerged in water. I cannot help thinking the neighbors did something again that added to the flooding on that side of the yard, except the front still has a lot of surface water as well. It's a beautiful day, and there's no way I can let them go. I am doubtful about tomorrow! Fuck, I was really counting on it. I hope the cats can take one more night. They have been pretty good about it, leaving the nights fairly quiet and peaceful, but you don't want to go on pushing and testing their good nature. They are cats, not good samaritans. ... ... Alain Finkielkraut: "Barbarism is not the inheritance of our prehistory. It is the companion that dogs our every step." Christopher Hitchens, or Hitch to his friends and those who like to imagine him as a friend, quotes that in his introduction to his collection of essays titled "Arguably". Along with Orwell, I want to keep Hitch's voice nearby. I also need to acquire more of his books. I actually find his voice more companionable that Orwell, probably because we are more contemporaneous and share more of the same world with its attitudes and tastes. Every once in a while, I want to break from my main reading to a warm inner-circle for a session or two. I will probably expand this circle further, but it is important to keep it pretty intimate. For instance, I am pretty sure that I will include historical accounts of Abraham Lincoln. That won't be Lincoln in his own voice so much, as he was not that prolific a writer being more of a doer than a talker, but that's alright. I am inclined to regard him as more of a practical Christ-figure that pays observing. ... ... I find myself giving Ash longer petting sessions. She will lie on the flood on her side and stretch herself out deliciously as I run my fingers gentle down her body. But I am always thinking about death when I pet my pets, the death of past pets, the deaths to come. ... ... In regard to tomorrow's inauguration of President Trump, Sugar tweets, "I will not be Tweeting about the thing that is happening tomorrow. If I Tweet, it will be nice things about good people. Because I like us."