Spells & Spelling Gone Wrong!

Horribly wrong!

Today in 1904, the distress signal “CQD” was established only to be replaced two year later by “SOS”. I suppose no one could spell “CQD”. I’m wondering (and taking suggestions) what “CQD” might have stood for…”Confused, queasy, and dyspeptic”? That probably would require an update in urgency.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today is the birthday of writer William Peter Blatty. Mr. Blatty stole an evening from me when I finished reading his best-known work; THE EXORCIST. I was afraid (yes, very afraid) to leave the house that night.

But I’m a forgiving guy…and they tell me it was only pea soup. Let’s toast Mr. Blatty with an;

Exorcist Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Durango Tequila

¾ oz. Blue Curacao

¾ oz. Lime Juice

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes.

Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

And by all means, watch out for Captain Howdy!

One more interesting birthday if you don’t mind

Zora Neale Hurston is another remarkable writer born on this date, this time in 1891. Some of her titles are DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, and TELL MY HORSE. Ms. Hurston thrived during the Harlem Renaissance, but set her tales in the rural south of our country and islands beyond. Her real geography, however, was the human heart and her champions were those of the spirit. I highly recommend Ms. Hurston’s work.




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