Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Random Dozen: The Ides of March, St. Patrick's Day And Springing Forward
Since you don't all come here two days in a row all the time (a-hem!) I'm repeating just a tad of yesterday's post to set up the Random. If you were here yesterday, just pretend we're IRL friends because in actual Real Life, I repeat myself all the time. All the time! See?!
HA! My seemingly useless English degree comes in handy every 25 years or so! This must be one of those years!
Because I know what you're thinking: "What are the 'Ides?'"
About 4:1 on Admiral Aggie's Diamond, I'd say.
HA! That was a play on the word "odds!" But I meant "Ides."
Well, according to my 1985 BS in English (yes, it is a Bachelor of Science, Smarty Pants) "Ides" is a term used to denote the 15th of March, May, July and October. Julius Caesar was 86'd on the Ides of March, just like the seer warned him. And then William F. Buckley Shakespeare Jr. wrote a play called Julius Caesar which contained the line, "Beware the Ides of March." And we have been be-waring something we don't understand ever since.
I love the wealth of literary knowledge I gained at my alma matre, Ball State University. (Yes, that is the real name of the university where I received my BS in English.)
So we're going to have one or two questions on the Ides of March and such, and then we'll go directly back to random because that is what we do best here.
Remember: Today is the preview only. After you post your answers tomorrow, come back here to link up and share the pot 'o gold.
1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?
2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?
3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?
4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?
5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?
6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?
7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?
8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?
9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?
10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?
11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.
12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name. Mine is "Zoe O'Sullivan." I love it!