Looked up Calanque (narrow rocky inlet) and sought out why British English speakers will use the future perfect to describe events in the past, then looked up uncaught third strike, the baseball rule, and Pegasides, the ancient Greek stream spirits, which were birthed of the hooves of Pegasus, and Battle of Jaji, which occurred toward the end of the Soviet’s war in Afghanistan with Mujahedeen.

Read an interesting article about Chinese Americans in the U.S. during the 19th century. It wasn’t that Chinese immigrants were particularly suited to become merchants and grocers — they had been farmers — but the law at the time pushed them into those occupations. (One recalled the story of Jews having become bankers in Europe since white Christians had been prevented by law from charging interest.) Why, around here, did Ethiopians drive cabs while Latinos more worked construction and SE Asians were in the convenience stores? (That was the men, while among women, Ethiopians seemed to dominate coffee shops and Latina worked in banks.) Was it law, natural proclivity, chance? In the case of these Chinese grocers it seems to have been U.S. law and specifically The Page Act of 1875, according to the Post article, though when I looked up The Page Act in wikipedia there seemed at least a layer of haze between what it said and the claims made by the Post.

Been a long time since I’d read Cannery Row but I believed it had a Chinese grocer in it. Close, shrewd, was the characterization. Reminds me I should read some of the Steinbeck I haven’t, Sweet Thursday perhaps.

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