February 2, 1709 was a glorious and joyful day for one Alexander Selkirk, who had spent the past four and a half years marooned on one of the Juan Fernandez Islands far off the coast of Chile. The English ships Duke and Duchess stopped off at the island, only to be happily greeted by the castaway Selkirk. In September 1704, Selkirk was a member of the crew on the Cinque Ports (Be careful what you name your ship) when it stopped off at the island to resupply. He judged that the vessel was not seaworthy and asked to be left on the island, which the 21 year old captain of the ship, Thomas Stradling, was only happy to comply with. The Cinque Ports did cinque shortly thereafter, leaving Stradling and the surviving members of the crew to face a harsh life as prisoners of the Spanish.
Selkirk’s story of survival would go on to become one of the major inspirations for the title character in Daniel DeFoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. To capitalize on that association, in 1966 the Chilean government renamed the actual island Selkirk was stranded on Robinson Crusoe Island…
Now it’s time to answer Di’s Share Your World questions for this week, one of which I promise you will not involve what three items I’d want with me on a desert island…
Do you consider yourself to be romantic?
Of course I don’t. I can’t even write good romance, as Rainy would no doubt attest to…
Do you send cards on Valentine’s Day?
I don’t send cards on any day, let alone a retail driven holiday like VD. And thankfully, I’m long removed from grade school where VD card exchanges were as mandatory as the Pledge of Allegiance…
Would you spend a considerable amount of money on a single red rose for your beloved?
Good Lord, what is wrong with people? Why would anyone even want or think of doing something like that? There are kids eating out of possum infested garbage cans in Bumfuckistan, yet FTD wants us to splurge on a goddamn overrated flower for our sweetheart?
What is your idea of a romantic evening?
Gratitude: Love is all around. Embrace it.
Yes, it certainly is. Speaking of love….
hahaha the idea of a romantic evening LOL
No reason not to cut to the chase!
hee hee Happy Ground Hog Day 🙂
Love that comic strip!!
Three things I’d want on a desert island? Flint to make a fire, a hatchet, and a dictionary. Although coffee might be nice along with a scone!
Thanks for the news item on Selkirk!
Thanks for joining in ES. See you next week I hope!
“I don’t send cards on any day mumble grumble bah humbug…”
Well, since every holiday on any calendar was invented by Retail, Inc., any day covers me as well…
Great flashback ‘toon – now that’s how to celebrate groundhog’s day with a bang (and a whimper). HAHA
Espero que pueda hablar español
Bwahahaha…loved the cartoon! I hear tell that ole Punxsutawney Phil is a liar by his ex who now lives in peaceful retirement in Florida. Phil laments he’s simply a groundhog, not a meteorologist.