Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
January2010 Issue 85
Happy New Year
2009 is now history, and as we embark on a voyage into a new decade, we face new challenges and opportunities as we pursue our personal objectives.
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 new year kick right off with Robin’s Best Shirt Award on
January 1st at the Lol Ha Beach Bar;
see y’all there.
LETTER FROM “THE STAFF”
On Thursday, the 31st, watch for the full Blue Moon rise at 5:23pm in Akumal, and then the HST is overhead at 6:54pm, and Friday, January 1st is the Best Shirt Award. Akumal starts the New Year off in high fashion.
The following story is a MUST DO event if you are in or around Akumal on Sunday. If you are not here, but have guests in your house, please make them aware of this important event on Sunday.
time, The Staff can only say this is all being arranged by a group of
concerned people in the Riviera Maya, and they
are doing a spectacular job. It's looking
"HOPE FOR HAITI" AKUMAL EVENT
On Sunday, January 24th, from 2:00pm to 9:00pm, there will be a “Hope for Haiti” fund-raising event at the stage in the center of Akumal. This Akumal event is being held in conjunction with similar events in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos. This “Hope for Haiti” event is a local, grassroots campaign whose mission is to raise badly needed funds to support the relief efforts in Haiti, and all proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders.
In Akumal, there will live music, DJ, food and beer, and a raffle for great prizes. The current agenda looks like this:
2:00 - DJ
Raffle prizes include:
THANKS to these businesses for help and support:
The Akumalian hopes you will all join us on Sunday to enjoy the live music, good friends, and food, and help support our Caribbean neighbors in their time of need.
“Hope for Haiti” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition, and healthcare. 100% of all donations received in response to the earthquake are going directly to their disaster relief effort on the ground.
Doctors Without Borders Online Online Donations
FULL MOON, DECEMBER 31st
December 31, 1:13 p.m. AST -- Full Long Night Moon. Nights are at their longest and darkest. The term Long Night Moon is a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long and the moon is above the horizon a long time. The midwinter full moon takes a high trajectory across the sky because it is opposite to the low Sun.
This is the
second time the moon turns full in a calendar month, so it is also popularly
known as a "Blue Moon." Full moons occur on average each 29.53 days (the
length of the synodic month), or 12.3683 times per year; so months
containing two full moons occur on average every 2.72 years, or every 2
years plus 8 or 9 months. There will be a partial lunar eclipse that will
be visible from Europe, Africa and Asia with this full moon.
HST FLYOVER, DECEMBER 31st
Be sure to look skyward on New Year’s Eve at 6:54pm to see the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The Akumalian staff has worked out a deal with NASA to have the HST make one more Akumal fly-over before the end of the year. The HST will be traveling in a WNW to ESE direction and should be initially visible around 6:53pm, depending on the clarity of the sky.
IMPORTANT JANUARY FACTS
Capricorn - December 22 - January 19
Aquarius - January 20 - February 18
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.
And, October 13, Lisa & Phill Combs became grandparents with the birth of Haley Lynn Combs, born to Sean and his wife. Congratulations
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JANUARY 1st
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.
QUADRANTIDS METEOR SHOWER, JANUARY 3-4th
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.
The Quadrantid (pronounced KWA-dran-tid) meteors provides one of the most intense annual meteor displays, with a brief, sharp maximum lasting but a few hours. The meteors are named after the obsolete constellation Quadrans Muralis the Mural or Wall Quadrant (an astronomical instrument), depicted in some 19th-century star atlases roughly midway between the end of the handle of the Big Dipper and the quadrilateral of stars marking the head of the constellation Draco. The International Astronomical Union phased out Quadrans Muralis in 1922.
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.
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.
DID YOU KNOW THIS?
In the world of competitive paper airplane throwing, a 20-second flight is exceptional, 25 or better is world class. Thirty is the stuff dreams are made of. Only one man -- Japanese paper airplane virtuoso Takuo Toda -- has ever come close to breaking the 30-second barrier. On Sunday, he set a world record for a hand-launched plane made with only paper, but fell just short of the 30-second mark.
Toda, flying a 10-centimeter-long craft of his own design, made 10 attempts to break his own record of 27.9 seconds set earlier this year in Hiroshima but failed to best his previous mark, settling for a 26.1-second flight. That was still the best ever recorded for a strictly paper-only craft. His 27.9 record was set with a plane that had tape on it.
"I felt a lot of pressure," he said after his paper airplane fly-off at a Japan Airlines hangar near Tokyo's Haneda Airport. "Everything is a factor -- the moisture in the air, the temperature, the crowd."
Toda, an engineer, is the head of the Japan Origami Airplane Association and is virtually unmatched in his ability to fold paper aircraft. In keeping with traditional rules of the ancient Japanese art of origami, he uses only one sheet of paper, which he does not cut or paste. He flew two variations of his world record-setting paper airplane Sunday -- the one he used to set the duration record in April and an updated version with a fin. His April mark was recognized by Guinness World Records.
He did not use tape Sunday, which is allowed by Guinness. He chose to forgo tape because he wanted to follow traditional origami rules. His 26.1 mark was the best ever for a plane without cellophane tape keeping it together. Toda had that previous best as well, just over 24 seconds.
"I will get the 30-second record," he said. "It's just a matter of time."
Toda said that the secret to throwing a paper airplane is to aim upward -- not straight -- so that it has time to gain altitude and slowly circle back to the ground. Toda appeared to be on his way to a record Sunday, but his second and best throw was ruled a foul because it hit a passenger jetliner parked nearby.
breaking the 30-second barrier, Toda said his next goal was to launch a
paper airplane from space. With funding from Japan's space agency, JAXA,
Toda and a team of scientists have designed a plane they believe can
withstand the intense heat of re-entry. One of Toda's designs was scheduled
to be released from the International Space Station this year, but that plan
fell through in part because of problems with devising a means of tracking
the planes as they fell back to Earth.
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.
FULL MOON, JANUARY 30th
The Full Wolf Moon is on Tuesday, January 30th at 5:19 am 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.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The Akumalian is reporting from the home office in South Akumal, where The Staff is able to get first hand information about the local “Comings and Goings”. There was not a whole lot of activity, probably due, in some part, to the weather that affected most of the US in the early part of Christmas week.
o Wendell & Lynda Day
o Bob & Gayle Dobert
o Ray & Barbara Armstrong
o Lynn Chase and Rick Tompkins
o Joe & Kathy Volpolicello returned on New Year’s Eve
· Jack & Ann Kennedy made a quick visit to Las Casistas on Dec 29 as their cruise ship made a stop in Playa del Carmen. They return to Akumal on Jan. 4
· Denny & Diane Mahan are coming back for a visit on Jan 5
· Frank Hatch and Lenny return to Casa del Sol on Jan 6.
· Crayton & Nance Walker arrive in South Akumal on Jan. 20.
· Tom & Barbara Miller arrive back in Akumal on Jan 22
· Kazue and Beniko Schober return in Jan. from their holidays in Japan
· Janet & Marshall Thurber are coming back to Akumal in Jan.
· Phill & Lisa Combs are returning to Tankah in Jan. thru end of Feb.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
New Music at Lol Ha Restaurant
There is a $30 peso cover charge per person. You can get a preview of their talent and versatility at Arpason Music, and their web site is at Arpason Web, where you can listen to some additional music.
Lucy’s Too Restaurant &
Mario’s Pizzeria & PanaderiaMario’s Pizzeria & Panaderia is also on the main street in the Akumal Pueblo, albeit on the left hand side of the street, just beside the Farmacia. The hours are 3:00 – 11:00, and he is closed Tuesdays. Mario has a wide selection of pizzas in three sizes (medium, large, and extra large), and he also delivers, reportedly within 30 minutes of placing the order: call cellular 984-127-3577. There is a $25 peso fuel surcharge for deliveries, and the last order for delivery has to be taken by 10:00.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
There are some different, and new to Cancun, restaurants here, including California Pizza Chicken, Chillis, and Johnny Rocket, among others.
connection between the two malls goes through the Cinépolis. And the
Cinépolis VIP theatre is down on the main level with the other ‘normal’
Costco and MEGA Parking
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY, JANUARY 18th
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.
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