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‘Tis the Ides of March.

The Romans did not number days of a month from the first to the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.

Our upstairs toilet is working again, my bike has gone to the shop for a thorough tune-up, and the wind is supposed to blow over 40 miles and hour from early tomorrow morning until late tomorrow night.

Facts that bear no relation to each other, nor to the good weekend I am wishing you!


Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 15, 2019, 9:28 pm

Well if the bike shop was downmind from Chez Weasel, tomorrow would have been a good day to take the bike there! At least, as long as you wouldn’t have to ride it home that same day…

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 15, 2019, 9:28 pm

March, Ides of. I have good news. The snowbank at the end of my driveway that was well over 6 feet high (blocking my view of oncoming traffic, and hiding my car from those already on the roadway) is now only 5 and 1/2 feet high after three days of above freezing weather. It’s snowing again; maybe a couple of inches. I have a three part youtube video if you want to watch me walking up and down the driveway behind the snow thrower.


Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: March 15, 2019, 9:56 pm

Looks like my sister’s place.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 15, 2019, 10:29 pm

Boy, Skandia Recluse, that’s almost more snow than they have in some nightclubs in Miami! Of course, they deal with theirs using a single-edged razor blade and a mirror. And a rolled-up $100 bill…

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: March 15, 2019, 11:18 pm

Hmmph. I thought “ides” had to do simply with the length of the month. Now I find out I’ve had it wrong all this time.

Thirty days hath Septumber,
April, June, and no wonder.
All the rest have peanut butter,
Except Granny who has a big red tricycle.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 16, 2019, 9:32 am

I only ever remember the Bugs Bunny version 🙁

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and Montana,
all of rest have cold weather,
except in the summer, which isn’t often.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: March 17, 2019, 8:35 pm

A photo for Uncle Badger. One rarely get to see this airplane from the topside, which appears to be blank though I’m sure there’s some lettering somewhere that says DONT STEP!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: March 18, 2019, 9:20 pm

What a picture – thank you Deborah!

It’s amazing to see B52s still flying (and still deadly). By the time they eventually get around to retiring them they are going to be the aviation equivalent of Pharoah’s chariot. What an amazing aeroplane.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: March 19, 2019, 8:38 pm

Nice picture of a hog model there, Deborah HH. You can tell it’s one of those by the ducts around the front of the cowlings for the fan bypass. But as for rarely seeing one from the topside, that is not true if they’re flying their normal mission profiles. Buffs don’t survive very well at altitude over enemy territory if the bad guys still have functional SAMs, so operational strategic missions would be flown nap-of-the-earth below 500′ agl if they want to survive.

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