FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY JULIE CAESAR WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT TIDAL FLUCTUATIONS….. But perhaps the emperor was not an “out-going” fellow after all! In any case, “Idus Marti,” (Latin) corresponds with March 15th (two days from now) so you should be aware of “March Madness” in all of its many forms. Personally, I think April 15th is a much scarier day, that being “Tax Day” in the good old U.S. of A. I imagine it would be even more scary if I actually had a job.
Speaking of March Madness, did you know the “Ides” were determined by the full moon, and were usually the 13th day of the month? (Hence the number “13” being unlucky.)
In Bill Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar,” the emperor is warned about the ides of March by a soothsayer. Sooth you say? Yes, and the sooth told the truth, but that was uncouth. The emperor did not believe him, but he finally “got the point.” As he fell in the Roman forum (or maybe he fell against ‘um) Caesar said, “Et tu, Brute?” Brutus replied, “I’ve never killed an emperor, so I thought I’d take a “stab at it.” (I don’t make these things up, folks.) In any case, poor Caesar “got the shaft,” so to speak. Mark Anthony, who was married to Jennifer Lopez but dating Cleopatra, spoke at the funeral and gave a pretty good speech. (I think he and Jen sang a duet, but don’t quote me on that.)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel too sorry for Julius Caesar. Granted, he turned red when he was stabbed. (Some folks think he became an “Orange Julius.”) However, on the flip side of that coin, how many of us have a popular salad named in our honor? You see, friends, always look for the silver lining. (Just pray it’s not a sword!)
Incidentally, did I mention that I was named after Julius Caesar? True fact. He was born and named on July 13, 100 B.C. (And I was born and named “after” that.) For those of you who went to public school in Chicago, B.C. stands for “Before Christ.” (I think A.D. means “after dat.”)
And since we are on the subject of Rome….. Please, do not join the write-in campaign to have me elected Pope! I would love to live in Italy, and drown my sorrows in Chianti, but I must finish the 4th “Adam Gold Mystery Novel.” (RANSOM ON THE RHONE.) To paraphrase General William Tecumseh Sherman….. “I will not accept if nominated, will not serve if elected, and if served, I will not eat my pasta!” I trust this puts an end to the rampant speculation about yours truly becoming the next Pope. In all likelihood, the next Pope will be Catholic, which is probably very important to the Cardinals. Don’t worry about me. I have a lot of yard-work to do.
Thank you friends, Romans, and countrymen for lending me your ears. (Actually, it was your eyes, but who’s keeping track?) I leave you with a sincere blessing to enjoy your week. (Hey, I like this blessing stuff. Maybe I should reconsider my position about becoming the next Pope.) Go forth and multiply, or if you don’t enjoy math, read a good book. (I’d start with THE PRESLEY PLOT!) I wish you well and would remind you of one salient fact….. Please remember that the difference between a rut and a grave is the length and depth!
Viaggio in pace, my fellow pilgrims….. Love to all…..