Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
January 2008 Issue 61
Happy New Year
now history, and as we embark on a voyage into 2008, we face new challenges
and opportunities as we pursue our personal objectives. The Akumalian,
has been “on-line” for about a year now, and it continues to strive to be
better than ever, and it just happens to be a good vehicle for communicating
various events and meetings to the Akumal community at large.
ROBIN'S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JANUARY 4th
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we'll have a ball.
It's time for another "Best Shirt Award", which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar.
This award is based on Robin's penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the "Best Shirt" for January.
The extended global Akumal community has overwhelmingly responded to the brief Questionnaire to ascertain if this should continue into 2008, and over 96 percent said, "YES!"
The community also voted for the competition to be open to men and women (70%), and the format continues to be shirts only (62%); i.e. "Best Shirt".
A shirt is defined as: a garment for the upper part of the body; a cloth garment usually having a collar, sleeves, a front opening, and a tail long enough to be tucked inside trousers or a skirt.
A blouse, on the other hand is defined as: a usually loose-fitting garment, especially for women, that covers the body from the neck to the waist.
The December competition was won by Bob Anders, and the photos for the December competition are located at December Best Shirt Award.
IMPORTANT JANUARY FACTS
January Birthstone: GarnetGarnet is a beautiful stone that comes in quite the range of colors. Large garnet gems, while not approaching diamonds or rubies in price, can make your wallet take a deep breath. The red garnet is the one used for the January Birthstone.
Birthday Flower: Carnation
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let's hear about YOUR birthday before it happens.
Missed December Birthdays / Anniversary
CONSEJO DE DESARROLLO DE AKUMAL S.A.
The Akumalian has agreed to be a de facto site for reporting and publishing various communications that are issued by the Akumal Council (Consejo de Desarrollo de Akumal S.A.) as another vehicle for communicating to the extended global Akumal community. The official web site for the Akumal Council can be found at www.akumalcouncil.com
http://theakumalian.com/Akumal%20Council/Councilindex.shtml is the "Home" page being utilized as an anchor for the Akumal Council, and it has been expanded to host pages for/about General Meetings and Events, Letters to the Municipality, and Letters to the Membership.
A new section has been added just for the North Akumal Road project, and you should look at this and the pictures of the progress. See North Akumal Road Update.
The Akumal Council 2007 Year-End Report is also available, and you need to check this out to be aware of where and how the Akumal Council is helping you and the general Akumal community at large. Go to 2007 Report.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The Akumalian is working from a remote site in Harwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and is dependent on on-site reports from the Lol Ha Beach Bar for this month’s "Comings and Goings" section, so the verbiage may be a little dated once this issue is published.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Still No Lights on MX
El Pueblito Mini-Market
North Akumal Road
Akumal Police StationThe remodeling of the Fidecaribe building by the parking lot has finally commenced, and it is proceeding at a very nice pace. At the rate they are going, it will not be too long before Akumal has a high profile facility for the police and tourist information.
The View in South Akumal
Getting to Jade Bay
and/or South Akumal from Central Akumal
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Soriana, a retail department store chain in Mexico that now practically covers the country, is 100 percent Mexican-owned and competes head on with Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has introduced its Sam's Club to Mexico, so in order to compete, Soriana started its almost identical City Club, which is directly across the highway from Sam's Club.
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE, JANUARY 2
Hey, Hey…..The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is returning to Akumal this month, and the first real good viewing will be on Wednesday, January 2nd at 5:39pm. It is coming out of the southwest heading towards the north east, and it will be a tad on the southern side of Akumal. Get out there and look skyward for the HST.
viewing dates and times are:
FULL MOON, JANUARY 22nd
The Full Wolf Moon is onTuesday, January 22nd at 12:36pm AST.
cold and deep snows of midwinter, the jaguar packs howled hungrily outside
Mayan villages. Thus, the name for January's full Moon. Sometimes, it was
also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it
the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
ALUMINIUM WINDOWS AND DOORS
Most houses in Akumal and the Riviera Maya have sliding aluminum doors and windows, and after awhile they tend not to slide or roll very easily. This past month we had such a window, and on closer inspection, here is what we found; i.e. a bit of rust and a lot of oxidation on one roller that actually jammed the adjacent window.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY, JANUARY 15th
The Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., often called Martin Luther King Day, is a United States holiday marking the birth date of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15. It is the only United States federal holiday commemorating an African American, and one of only four to commemorate an individual person.
Martin Luther King Day was founded as a holiday promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King's death in 1968, Rep. John Conyers introduced a bill in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday, highlighting King's activism on behalf of trade unionists. Unions did most of the promotion for the holiday throughout the 1970s. In 1976, trade unionists helped to elect Jimmy Carter, who endorsed the King Day bill. After that endorsement, union influence in the King holiday campaign declined, and the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single "Happy Birthday" to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. 6 million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 The Nation article as "...the largest petition in favor of an issue in US history."
Opposition to the bill was led by Senator Jesse Helms, who questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor. He was also critical of King's opposition to the Vietnam War and accused King of having Communist connections.
President Ronald Reagan was also opposed to the holiday. He relented in his opposition only after Congress passed the King Day Bill with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority (338 to 90 in the House of Representatives and 78 to 22 in the Senate).
At the White House Rose Garden on November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.
On January 17, 2000, for the first time, Martin Luther King Day was officially observed in all 50 U.S. states. The day is marked by demonstrations for peace, social justice and racial and class equality, as well as a national day of volunteer community service.
CARNATION DAY, JANUARY 29th
The carnation was originally called dianthus by the Greek botanist Theopharastus. The carnation has been cultivated over 2,000 years.
The name carnation has two possible origins. One thought is that the name comes from "coronation" or "corone" since it was used in Greek ceremonial crowns. Another thought is the name is derived from the Greek carnis meaning flesh, which was the original flower color.
Carnations in general mean fascination, love and good luck. A white
carnation stands for innocence, devotion and pure love.
Once again, Robin’s “Best Shirt Award”, was the only recorded "Event".