Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Ides of March


From our friends at Wikipedia:

"The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae) is the name of March 15 in the Roman calendar. 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.[1] The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 709 AUC or 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.
According to Plutarch, Caesar was warned by a seer to be on his guard against a great peril on the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar saw the seer and joked "Well, the Ides of March have come," to which the seer replied "Ay, they have come, but they are not gone."[2] This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned to "beware the Ides of March".

On this day, in 2010, so far I have a 2007 Macbook that is refusing to start up properly, and one flat tire repair turned-$288-three-tire-purchase at Les Schwab (and you know how much I love it there).

So while we're being suspicious, I'm going with the bad things happen in threes theory. E=MC posited today that perhaps I've just had a bad week with The Machine.

Exactly 7 days ago now marks the Blender Incident (wherein, already late for work, my beloved morning protein smoothie routine backfired- nay, exploded- in the kitchen...EVERYWHERE. Counters, floors, window, cupboards, faces, ceiling! BERRY MAYHEM).

So here's hoping three is the limit. It's about all my cold little heart- and bank account- can take.

Waiting in the wings on the ailing laptop, by the way:

- New CellarDoor 24 Jewelry designs

- Two essays for this here blog

- About a billion Podcasts I am dying to get transferred to my iPod. This American Life, The Moth, and Battleship Pretension, mainly. Do you listen to Podcasts? If so, which ones?


  1. I wish my Ides of March involved berry mayhem.

    Podcasts? The Moth, The Writer's Almanac, Grammar Girl, TEDtalks.
    Stephen Fry could talk about porridge and I'd download it. I also tend to grab some of the iTunesU library if there is a particular speaker I'm interested in...

    Can you tell I have a commute? Ha.

  2. Oh Jen, I am still suffering from the repercussions of the Berry Incident: my trench coat needs dry cleaning, and my co-workers always ask me how breakfast went, now.

    I love that you're a Podcast junkie, too! I'll definitely check out a couple of those I haven't heard of.