Thursday, March 15, 2012
Oh No! Again I say, OH NO!
We nave a double whammy to worry about this month!
In case you didn't know, today is
!!!! THE IDES OF MARCH !!!!
What's that, Mr. ZeroBear?
Danged if I know, I just know it's today and that can't be good.
But wait, Let's ask Mr. Wiki what his Pedia says:
"The word Ides comes from the Latin
word "Idus" and means "half division" especially
in relation to a month. It is a word that was used
widely in the Roman calendar indicating the approximate
day that was the middle of the month.
The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months
of March, May, July, and October, and the
13th day of the other months."
Oh - That's clear as mud. And What's important that
we need to beware of this particular Ide?
"In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known
as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C.
Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman
Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus
and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group included 60 other
co-conspirators according to Plutarch."
I think this
Anyhow, as near as I can calculate, Caesar
was murdered about 2056 years ago. I never met him
so I can't get too distressed at his passing.
But I do remember Brother Dave Gardner's theatrical
presentation covering The Ides of March.
Brother Dave is gone now. He lived back in the days
when smoking cigarettes was still good for you. He was also
known to occassionally take a drink of dark colored alcohol.
If you've never heard Brother Dave's version of
Shakesphere's story about Caesar on his last day
(The Ides of March), listen here.
Hpefully you will take note of the famous lines from Shakesphere's
play as recounted by Brother Dave.
It goes like this:
Act 3, Scene 1 - Caesar sees Brutus
"the most nobelest Roman of them all"
Brutus is holding a switch blade pocket knife
and Caesar says,
"Et Tu Brute?"
"Naw, I ain't Et Nuttin..."
Brother Dave Gardner - a font of culture and literature
that we can drink from at will, on this hopefully
uneventful Ides of March, 2012.