Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
January 2009 Issue 73
Happy New Year
2008 is now history, and as we embark on a voyage into 2009, we face new challenges and opportunities as we pursue our personal objectives. The Akumalian, has been “on-line” for about two years now, and it continues to strive to be better than ever, and it seems to be a good vehicle for communicating various events and meetings to the Akumal community at large.
was a busy month with numerous “Events” – see EVENTS on the last page – and
now it seems like January could also be a busy month as many northern owners
flee the wintry north for a week or so of ‘fun in the sun’. The month, and
the year 2009, kicks right off with Robin’s Best Shirt Award tomorrow
night at the Lol Ha Beach Bar; see y’all there.
LETTER FROM “THE STAFF”
the start of 2008 The Staff had an ambitious goal of getting the readership
up to 1,000, and while it might have been ambitious, The Staff thought and
hoped it was achievable. Unfortunately, the distribution never came close
to that goal, so the sights are being lowered for 2009. In an effort to
make The Akumalian interesting and dynamic, The Staff has created a
brief Survey which can be found at
Reader Survey, and The Staff definitely hopes that you can find a
few minutes over the next few days to complete and return.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JANUARY 2nd
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.
Click HERE to see a slide show of all 24 winners over the past 2 years.
IMPORTANT JANUARY FACTS
Capricorn - December 22 - January 19
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
Missed December Birthday
PICTURES OF THE MONTH
We just came across a couple of pictures of our fellow Akumalians we wanted to share with you.
As you might surmise, this first one is a long time Akumalian, but the location definitely is not in Akumal. One might wonder what Akumalian would do this for a vacation in the wilds of Calgary, Canada. Answer on last page.
On the other hand, in this photo, Richard & Arlene Pargot are relaxing the morning after Richard attacked the lobster claw in Chatham, Massachusetts last month. And now, they are probably sitting along side the Spanish Steps in Rome, drinking a glass of champagne as they celebrate Arlene’s birthday on Saturday.
Then again, maybe they are not drinking champagne on the Spanish Steps. Just checked today’s weather for Rome, Italy, and it is 54 degrees and raining. The forecast calls for 20 – 50% chance of rain through Sunday, with the temperature running around 1 degree C on Saturday and Sunday and 9 and 12C otherwise. And, the Sunday forecast calls for “a 20% chance of snow”.
QUADRANTIDS METEOR SHOWER, JANUARY 3 - 5th
The Quadrantids Meteor Shower is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak this year on January 3 & 4, but some meteors can be visible from January 1 - 5. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight, in the morning. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation Bootes. The first quarter moon will set by midnight, providing a good viewing opportunity.
According to the International Meteor Organization, maximum activity this year is expected on 4:50 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Jan. 3. For those across the western half of the United States and Canada, the radiant will soar high in the eastern sky just prior to the onset of morning twilight. Over the eastern United States and Canada, the spike of activity is predicted to come after sunrise.
Quadrantid meteors are described as bright and bluish with long silvery
trains. Some years produce a mere handful, but for favorably placed
observers, an excellent meteor display may be in the offing; at greatest
activity, Quadrantid rates will likely range from 30 to 60 per hour for
eastern parts of the U.S. and Canada, to perhaps 60 to 120 per hour for the
western United States and Canada.
THREE KINGS DAY, JANUARY 6th
Three Kings Day, also known as The Epiphany, is celebrated on January 6th, twelve days after Christmas. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas).
Epiphany (Greek for "to manifest" or "to show"), is a Christian feast day which celebrates the "shining forth" or revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate the visitation of the Magi to the child Jesus on this day, i.e., his manifestation to the Gentiles. Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, his manifestation as the Son of God to the world. It is also called Theophany ("manifestation of God"), especially by Eastern Christians.
LOS REYES MAGOS - The Christmas season continues unabated in Mexico through Epiphany, which is called Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day). Echoing the arrival in Bethlehem of Wise Men bearing gifts for the baby Jesus, children throughout Mexico anxiously await waking up January 6 to find toys and gifts left by the Reyes Magos (Magi). In some regions it is customary to leave out shoes where treasures may be deposited by the visiting Wise Men.
In the days preceding Día de los Reyes, children write letters to the Magi requesting a toy or gift that they would like. On the night of January 5th, the figures of the Wise Men are placed in the nativity scene. Traditionally children would leave out their shoes with a bit of hay in them to feed the animals of the Magi (they are often shown with a camel). When the children would wake up in the morning their gifts appeared in place of the hay. Nowadays, like Santa Claus, the Kings tend to place their gifts under the Christmas tree.
special treat served one this day is the Rosca de Reyes--a
crown-shaped sweet bread decorated with jewel-like candied fruits. Tiny
figures of babies are hidden in the dough before baking. There is much
excitement as each partaker cuts his or her own slice, for whoever gets a
piece containing a baby is obliged to host another party on or before
Candlemas (Día de la Candelaria), February 2, when Mexico's holiday
season finally comes to an end.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The Akumalian is back at the home office in South Akumal, where The Staff is able to get first hand information about the local “Comings and Goings”. As you can see, there was a lot of activity in December, and while everything for January is not here, it looks like it is going to be a very busy month.
· Rachael (Hines), Michael, and the three boys are in Los Primos in South Akumal.
· Chuck & Laura have been visiting Gabriella in South Akumal.
· Andre, Catherine, and their two daughters were back in Las Casitas.
· Jozef Scales recently returned from Kansas, and his band, Planeta Tierra, played on Holbox Island, on the BEACH, in front of the Rasta Palopa on December 24 & 25.
· Joyce &, Jock Hornor arrive on January 4th with their 3 sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, visiting with Denny & Diane Mahan.
· Hollis Hines and George Palmondon are returning to Los Primos in early January.
· Nancy & Crayton Walker are returning in January.
· Macon & Susan Gavlee are back in South Akumal on January 17th.
· Roger & Denise Burton are returning to North Akumal for a bit this month.
· Phil & Lisa Combs are driving down in January: as permanent residents??
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Akumal Police StationThe Akumal police station at the Fidecaribe building by the parking lot is slowly becoming a reality, and it is proceeding at a very nice pace. It won’t be too long before Akumal has a high profile facility for the police and tourist information. Will the high season be over before this becomes occupied?
creating MAJOR traffic delays, as the north and south bound
sides of MX307 have been narrowed down to one lane!! The pattern seems to
create a long traffic buildup on the south bound side in the morning, and
then in the evening “rush hour”, the traffic backs up on the north bound
side; on Monday, it was backed up all the way to Barcelo. It was reported
that a trip from Akumal to Playa del Carmen took more than 3 hours (6pm to
9pm) when attempted at that time of the day, mostly due to this
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
New Sam’s Club
FULL MOON, JANUARY 11th
The Full Wolf Moon is on Tuesday, January 11th at 2:27am AST.
Amid the 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.
In case you missed this last month, please be advised that on December 12, 2008, the full moon was closer to the Earth than it has been at any time for the past 15 years.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY, JANUARY 19th
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.
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.
Robin’s “Best Shirt Award”, was not the only recorded “Event” in December.
Look at the Photo Gallery Index for:
· Isabel’s Tree Decorating Party
· Robin’s Best Shirt Award
· 40th Birthday Party
· Library Fiesta de Navidad
· Isabel’s Christmas Party
There were other “Events” in December, but they were not recorded by The Akumalian.
And, the skier at Lake Louis at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is Gonzalo Arcila.