A sunny morning, but it is windy with a bite of winter. ... ... Abraham Lincoln: "I have seen a good deal of the back side of this world." [Burlingame] ... ... John Wayne in a 1971 "Playboy" interview: "With a lot of blacks, there's quite a bit of resentment along with their dissent, and possibly rightfully so. But we can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the blacks. I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I don't believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people." [Snopes] ... ... It looks like Ash has taken in some kibble. I'm glad, but I am still a little worried. It occurred to me that, over the past couple of days, I would see Ash sitting a little ways off while Sammy ate at the plate. Not having any suspicions, I simply figured that she was feeling a little shy. However, I have since raised my DEFCON level. I am not relieved yet, seeing Ash eat a little, because I remember seeing Coco taking in a few bites of food after a couple of days of inappetence, only to fall back again to starvation. I am watching. It has been only a little over three months since we lost Coco: surely we cannot be that misfortunate. ... ... Victor Davis Hanson: "Everything is in flux in a way not seen since the election of 1932, in which Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover." ... ... Pop is going out on his rounds by himself, leaving Kay behind. It's not the first time. Unless there is a meal involved, maybe she doesn't care for mere window-shopping. She'd rather watch TV. Pi says, "You're just upset that you don't have the house to yourself." Yeah, guilty as charged. I could have used the break. ... ... Stephen Bannon: “The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. I want you to quote this. The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.” ... ... Nat Freedland: "Strange, unconked and outspokenly glib, Pryor exudes the essence of every street-corner gang comedian who ever did his schtick while keeping one eye out for a prowl car." [Saul, Becoming Richard Pryor] ... ... I finally got around to using my jokers for Klondike. One of the advantages of the Italian cards is that they distinguish their jokers, one black and one read, which is perfect for this game. Since I have two decks, I just borrow a pair of jokers from the deck that I am not using, and I effectively add on an extra rank: placing the joker above the king, for it really is a fool's world. I am not sure how this affects the odds for winning. If anything, I suppose it makes it a little more difficult, though this might be mitigated by the fact that the jokers maintain some of their 'wild card' quality, in that a red joker can stand for either the hearts or the diamonds, while the black joker can stand for either the clubs or spades, as needed. I don't think the odds are heavily shifted one or the other, and I am enjoying the addition. Klondike is a game that feels like it could use another spice. Even so, Spider has become my main game, as I have come to really love its dynamics, and I largely play Klondike and Free Cell for the sake of variety.