1. Ever heard of Aitutaki? Me neither. It is one of the islands in the Cook Islands chain and is the second most populous of the Cook Islands with about 2,000 people. It’s a bit weird in that the island has an atoll that basically goes around the island like a triangle, and although I’m not a sailor it would seem difficult to get to the populous portion of the island.
2. The reference to the Cook Islands make me think about the Mutiny on the Bounty and generally speaking, it sounds like it was an absolute shit-show in every possible way, even from the idea for the sailing of the Bounty in the first place. The Bounty was set to sail to to Tahiti to acquire breadfruit, which was to be utilized for the slaves in the Caribbean. In case you are curious, breadfruit is the same thing as jackfruit, which people make vegetarian barbeque.
3. I ran across this quote recently and thought it was terrific.
“Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up. Not really. They get older. But to grow up costs the earth, the earth. It means you take responsibility for the time you take up, for the space you occupy. It’s serious business. And you find out what it costs us to love and to lose, to dare and to fail. And maybe even more, to succeed.”
— Maya Angelou
Despite the fact that I’m nearly 50, there are time where I feel as if I haven’t completely grown up, but I feel like I have for the most part. I have invested and realized my cost to the earth, the earth. It is serious business. I know lots of people who just got older, there’s no investment. I do feel like I’ve made that investment and I’ve taken responsibility for the space I occupy.
4. From GQ’s Adam Leith Gollner, the story of Redoine Faid, complete with escapes from prison with a helicopter and so much more.
5. Things I did not think I would ever write, the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus, Hernando Colon’s lost index of books. This index essentially summarizes books, some of which have been lost over time.