Thursday, June 25, 2009

Hot, and hot, and hot

"No letter from my beloved for two days, no cool days, no cool nights, no drinks, no movies, no dances, no club, no pretty women, no shower bath, no poker, no people, no fun, no joy, no nothing save heat and blistering sun and scorching winds and sweat and dust and thirst and long and stifling nights and working all hours and lonesomeness and general h*ll--that's Fort Riley, Kansas."

Letter from Captain Francis Blake to his wife, trying to culture influenza bacteria from the throats of troops, August 1918.

Just a little perspective in case the heat was getting you down.
Moo!

(From The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry, 2005.

10 Comments:

Blogger kate said...

our thermometer FINALLY crawled over 75 today and the sun is out, perhaps a bit of summer snuck out of your next of the woods and made it up our way!

have someone hose you down :)
-kate

1:07 PM  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

Wasn't it Colenol Hall? At Fort Baxter?

(-:

3:28 PM  
Blogger Lulu LaBonne said...

Summer just pops by for an hour or so a week, laughs at us and goes away again

4:05 PM  
Blogger Gorilla Bananas said...

Those were the days in which "hell" was a rude four-letter word. How times change.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Linda and her Twaddle said...

Was it Swine Flu? Because the way the media has been going on it seems that the Swine Flu is the actual Great Influenza and anything before that was just a bad cold.

3:46 AM  
Blogger R. Jacob said...

So they did have culture in Kansas!

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

careful rj - there is culture amongst all the bouvines & their keepers in the state.
i am sure t.c. would agree as with all the breeding there are some fine pedigrees in kansas.
has been 100+ degrees this week w/more humidity than usual....

5:03 AM  
Blogger From the Doghouse said...

I'll bet it's hotter in Mississippi than it is (or was) in Kansas.

8:05 AM  
Blogger The Topiary Cow said...

Kate: will trade you.

Kevin: now we know what YOU watch! :)

Lulu: will trade you, too!

Gorilla: yes sir. And possibly, not for the better.

Linda: according to this book all influenza passes back and forward through animal and human hosts, gaining virulence. So the 1918 was possibly related to a swine flu but is not the same as the type now circulating. Whatever kind it is, please do not get it, it will spoil your vacation!

RJ: Ha! good one.

Deb: Topiary have been cultured. And found to be disease-free, thank goodness. We do break out in rashes at the thought of too many untrimmed hedges though.

Dog: Cow wouldn't want to take your bet, you would win!

Moo!

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear t.c. - i bet it is ALWAYS hotter in the dawg haus than kansas! ;]

10:09 AM  

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