What quote am I vibing? "When America ceases to remember his greatness, America will no longer be great." Calvin Coolidge, regarding Alexander Hamilton (betcha didn't guess I'd be quoting Silent Cal tonight)
What am I reading? The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
Road Day: 12
I always love to check in at my old stomping grounds, Hamilton Park at the end of the street where I lived - Hudson Place in Weehawken!
I moved away from Weehawken pre-Hamilton. When I lived on Hudson Place, the streets would get busy in the summer with tourists looking at the skyline, but it was fairly quiet on my end of town.
When I explained that I lived by Hamilton Park..."you know, where Hamilton and Burr had their duel...you know AARON BURR" - like I had peanut butter in my mouth or whatever was happening in that commercial in the early 2000's. Or whenever that was. People often barely registered who I was talking about. We mostly just knew that one fact about Hamilton. He was killed in a duel by Aaron Burr.
Now I imagine that Weehawken is busier. More frustrating to the residents. More people loudly singing on Boulevard East.
But maybe it's worth it. Calvin Coolidge clearly thinks it is. And he may not be Theodore Roosevelt, but I think Alexander Hamilton would have made one heck of a President had he just slowed down for a minute.