Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
August 2009 Issue80
August is another month with no (major) Mexican holidays. But, August is very noteworthy if you look to the sky. Besides the usual Full Moon, there is the Perseid Meteor Shower on the 12th.
And, there was the ISS
fly-over on Thursday, July 30. It was on time, brilliant, and fast (about
THE STAFF SAYS. . . .
You can go to Birthday and Anniversaries to see these for every month of the year. Go check it out to see if you are there. There are some new updates that have not been posted yet.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Missed Birthdays or
Anniversaries in July.
IMPORTANT AUGUST FACTS
named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B.C..
A beautiful green to yellow-green in color, the Peridot is often mistake for an emerald. In fact, legend has it that Queen Cleopatra preferred Peridot over other gems and that some of her "Emeralds" may have been Peridot. Emeralds, though, don't have the yellow tint and tend to be a darker green.
FULL MOON, AUGUST 5th
The Full Sturgeon Moon is on August 7:55pm AST.
The fishing Maya tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the great cenotes and other major bodies of water in the Yucatan, were most readily caught during this month. A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, AUGUST 7th
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, has an alternative to be the judge and jury to select the “Best Shirt” for August. And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, and they seem to be changing as we move into the summer months.
This August "Event" is building itself into one of the all-time-great ones as the competition has come from as far as Qatar
competition was on Friday, July 3rd, and the winner was Beryl Van
July Best Shirt for more photos.
TROPICAL STORMS AND HURRICANES
So far, so
good. Nice and quiet to date.
SWIMMING FROM AKUMAL TO COZUMEL, AUGUST 8th
13 year old Beatriz “Betty” Arellanos plans to swim the 25 miles from Akumal to Cozumel on August 8th. The swim will start at 4:00 am, and she has an estimated arrival time of 12:00 noon-2:00 pm the latest. Later in the evening, at 8:00 pm, Betty’s family will have a ceremony of acknowledgement at a Cozumel resort. Everyone is invited.
You are encouraged to visit Betty's web page (still under construction) where you can be in touch with her and write comments to cheer her up.
Betty and her family are staying at the Hotel Akumal Caribe prior to her swim.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
July 26, around noon time, there was a very large solar halo directly over
BAHIA PRINCIPE GOLF FOR “LOCALS”
It has been reported that the Bahia Principe Golf Course is finished, 18 holes + 9 holes par 3, but they will not be opening it to the public until December 2009. The Club House is built (50% of the total area), and it will be opening in the summer 2010, approximately. Akumalians will receive an invitation when the December “Open to the Public” date is defined.
Bahia Principe Golf has defined the Membership and Golf Fee options for the ‘local’ Akumalians who wish to play over there. While we were hoping, and somewhat expecting, that Bahia Principe Golf would look quite favorably on its local Akumalian neighbors with a REAL DEAL, it just has not turned out that way. Here, in a nutshell, is what they are offering us.
Residents of Akumal get a 10% discount off the posted rates
Senior (over 60 years old) Membership is 35% off Preferential Non-Resident Membership
Preferential Non-Resident (of Bahia Principe) Membership
Rates ($US) for Non-Members, with cart and F&B
If you need any additional information, or have specific questions, you can go directly to Maria Rodriguez, Golf Course Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Maria Oliveira, Gerente Ventas & Sales Manager Bahia Principe Residential & Golf Resort, at email@example.com and/or Tel:  (984) 875-5087.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Many visitors were here early in July for the July 4th vacation week and Best Shirt Award event, and because of the ‘late’ publication of the “REAL” July issue, the listing this month is a tad on the brief side.
· Kazue and Beniko Schober have returned to Japan for the summer.
· Rhett Schober is heading up to Vail for his 25th high school re-union and a short vacation.
Didier Jackson has returned to Ohio, with side a trip to GA
and FL, for the summer
PERSEID METEOR SHOWER, AUGUST 12th
The legendary Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12. It’s expected to display the greatest number of meteors Wednesday morning around 6:30am AST, but you’ll see some Perseids the other days too.
The Perseids are probably the most-watched annual meteor shower. The shower has a very long duration, from about July 15 through August 25. The shower is most interesting around its peak on August 12 or 13. This year, the peak comes on August 12. The radiant is above the horizon the entire night for observers north of latitude 32N, but it is fairly low at the end of evening twilight. Evening Perseid rates are fairly low, and the bright Moon makes things worse this year. The real meat of the show comes during the predawn hours when the Moon is down and the radiant is high.
Predawn rates for observers with truly dark skies may exceed 100 Perseids per hour (West Coast of North America and/or Eastern Asia may be favored this year), with a nice sprinkling of sporadic and minor shower meteors added to the mix. Adjacent mornings from August 10 through August 13 are well worth watching, although rates will be significantly lower.
Perseids are fast meteors and tend to be fairly bright on average. An occasional fireball is seen.
need to identify Perseus to enjoy the meteor shower. The Perseids are a
especially rich and dependable meteor shower. They shoot all across the sky
– often leaving persistent trains – and occasionally lighting things up with
bright fireballs. To watch the show, find a dark, open sky. Get away from
city lights, up on the roof, and give your eyes at least 20 minutes to adapt
to the dark. The Perseid shower favors northern hemisphere skywatchers.
METEOR SHOWERS VERSUS SHOOTING STARS
Comets shed the debris that becomes most meteor showers. As comets orbit the Sun, they shed an icy, dusty debris stream along the comet's orbit. If Earth travels through this stream, we will see a meteor shower. Depending on where Earth and the stream meet, meteors appear to fall from a particular place in the sky, maybe within the neighborhood of a constellation.
Meteor showers are named by the constellation from which meteors appear to fall, a spot in the sky astronomers call the radiant. For instance, the radiant for the Leonid meteor shower is located in the constellation Leo. The Perseid meteor shower is so named because meteors appear to fall from a point in the constellation Perseus.
are shooting stars?
When a meteor appears, it seems to "shoot" quickly across the sky, and its small size and intense brightness might make you think it is a star. If you're lucky enough to spot a meteorite (a meteor that makes it all the way to the ground), and see where it hits, it's easy to think you just saw a star "fall."
Lol Ha Wine Tasting on July 24