On This Day – March 15th

A man of legend, Julius Ceasar, was stabbed on this day. The warning given to him by a soothsayer, “Beware the Ides of March”, still living on to this day. Ceasar was “Dictator for life” of the Roman empire when his hubris became too much for the senators of Rome. A plot was hatched and his protege, Marcus Brutus, was enlisted. When Ceasar entered the meeting hall that fateful day, he was accosted by some 60 senators wielding daggers. His story is told over and over, famously by Shakespeare in his play bearing the emperor’s name. I encourage everyone to beware the Ides of March today, though hopefully you don’t have 60 angry men with daggers calling for your death.

While it is unfortunate Ceaser died on this day, another event of more significance to me also happened on this day, just some 2000 years later.

In 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened in theaters to a resounding success. Coppola had collaborated with the author, Mario Puzo, to create a movie portraying the times and life of Italian Americans, rather than focusing on the criminal and sometimes bloody aspect. Marlon Brando, who had become moody on set and seeing a decline in his Hollywood credit, gave a stellar performance as the patriarch of the Corleone family, Vito. His portrayal earned him a Best Actor award, which he declined to accept. Other greats turned out great performances such as Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and Diane Keaton. The Godfather remains one of my all time favorite movies. The sequel, especially with its scenes of old Italy and Vito’s young life, was also a huge success in my mind as well as commercially.

I think I am going to have to go watch the movie now. It is 3 hours well spent. So go make life an offer it cannot refuse today my Gentle Readers. Until next time. Live well, write well, be well.


Spell a Day – Feb 29th 2016

Thanks to Quotes Giant for this image.

Thank you Julius Caesar for the concept of Leap Year. You have royally screwed over so many poor children born on this day. Truly, isn’t it horrible to only get a birthday every 4 years? A baby born on February 29th 2016 will be unable to buy alcohol until until 2104, which is how long it would take for us to have 21 leap years. This is because the year 2100, while divisible by 4 and 100, is not divisible by 400. This means the Gregorian Calendar says, No, there is no leap day this year. (Yes my Gentle Readers, I am aware it doesn’t work that way for people born on February 29th.) In the US, Great Britian, and Hong Kong, a leapling, or leap year baby, would turn 18 on March 1st of their 18th year.

Tony Robbins, motivational speaker, was born on this day in 1960. so that makes him a whopping 14 years old. HAHA. I couldn’t imagine taking advice from my 14 year old self.

There is an Irish legend, that We are to blame St. Brigid for leap days, as she struck a bargain with St. Patrick to allow women to propose to men one day out of every 4 years. This Ladies’ Privilege day may not be a real privilege to some. Thank goodness we abolished the silly notion that only men can do the proposing right?

Good thing for Leap years though, without them, today would have been July 15th, 2017, over a year and 4 months into the future. In my neck of the woods we are talking winter in July. Not my kind of party thank you very much.

Well, hope everyone enjoyed some humor today as we “leap” further into 2016.  And for those married or contemplating marriage on February 29th, the Greek would advise against it.