Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
January 2012 Issue 109
LETTER FROM “THE STAFF”
The Staff of The Akumalian wishes you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
2011 is now history, and the global economies seem to be on the road to recovery. The tourists are returning to Akumal and the Riviera Maya in greater numbers, and home/condo sales have started to pick up, and Casa Colibri is still waiting for that buyer to come along.
December 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 6th at the Lol Ha Beach Bar; see y’all there.
IMPORTANT JANUARY FACTS
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
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday before it happens.
Missed December Birthdays
30 Ann Kennedy.
North Akumal Road Update
The Akumal Road Crew would like to thank everyone that has participated with financial assistance and words of encouragement for the bricking of the North Akumal road. Here are some updates, information, and photos from the Akumal Road Crew.
All the best for 2012!
Russ & Rhett
P.S. The Akumalian
might not be reaching all of the 32 owners who have yet to contribute to the
North Akumal Road Fund, so if you know any of them, and have their e-mail
address, please take the time to forward this issue to them, pointing out
this important North Akumal Road Update.
QUADRANTIDS METEOR SHOWER, JANUARY 3-4th
The Quadrantids are an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower usually peaks on January 3 & 4, but some meteors can be visible from January 1 - 5. The near first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation Bootes.
You’ll need a clear, dark sky to see more than just a few Quadrantids. “Dark” means at least 40 miles from the lights of a large city. You won’t need a telescope or even binoculars — in fact, the eyes alone work best because they provide the largest field of view.
When you’re ready to start observing, set up a beach chair, preferably one that reclines. To see the maximum number of meteors, just look overhead. Glancing around won’t hurt anything.
How many Quadrantids will you see? Most years under clear, moonless conditions, observers count 120 meteors per hour from a dark site. That’s an average of two shooting stars a minute!
The shower’s radiant lies in the northern part of the constellation Boötes the Herdsman, which will lie low in the eastern sky at midnight and overhead at dawn. The Quadrantids got their name from a defunct constellation, Quadrans Muralis the Mural Quadrant, which used to occupy this region of sky.
Quadrantid meteor shower originated from a near-Earth asteroid named 2003
EH1. Although astronomers classify 2003 EH1 as an asteroid, most believe it
to be a dead comet. Observers first recognized the Quadrantids as an annual
meteor shower in 1839.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT METEORS
To be visible, a meteor must be within about 120 miles (200 kilometers) of an observer.
Meteors become visible at an average height of 55 miles (90 km). Nearly all burn up before they reach an altitude of 50 miles (80 km).
The typical bright meteor is produced by a particle with a mass less than 1 gram and is no larger than a pea.
The hourly rate on a “non-shower” night is approximately 6 meteors per hour.
meteoroid enters the atmosphere at velocities between 50,000 and 165,000 mph
(81,000 and 265,000 km/h).
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.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JANUARY 6th
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
This month is the start of the 6th year of the Robin’s Best Shirt event, and this makes it a “Gotta be there” event that cannot be missed.
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.
December competition was won by Dave Zucker. The photos for the Event are
December Best Shirt Award.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
· Back in Aventuras Akumal we have:
o Ray & Barbara Armstrong
o Lynn Chase and Rick Thompson.
o Wally& Jan Koenst
Karl & Dawn Shubert were back for a bit
·On Tuesday, December 20, Lic. Mary Carmen Domani Garcia, a dear friend of Akumal and loved one to many of us passed on. Don’t remember the time period, but Mary Carmen Domani was President of The Akumal Council. The funeral was in Playa del Carmen on Thursday, December 22.
FULL MOON, JANUARY 9th
The Full Wolf Moon is on Tuesday, January 9th at 06:30am 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.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY, JANUARY 17th
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.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Lol Ha’s New F&B Manager
Originally from Tabasco, Walter grew up in Yucatan. His professional experience started out in Cancun at Hotel Bahia Maya, and later he moved on to the Riviera Maya at the Gran Flamenco Xcaret. After that he was in Canada for 5 years working in two restaurants in Toronto. Walter returned to Cancun in 2009 to work in Azul Sensatori, Dreams Riviera, and Azul Fives before coming to the Lol Ha Restaurant.
Victor will remain in his position as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, and Sam will continue as Bar Manager, and assist as well.
La Lunita Maitre d’Have you been wondering what happened to Sinhue Ramirez, ‘new’ Bar Captain at the Lol Ha Beach Bar back in July 2011? Look no further than La Lunita, where he now is working as the Maitre D’. Say “hello” to Sinhue the next time you visit La Lunita.
CHINESE NEW YEARS, JANUARY 23rd
Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year) occurs in the early months of our calendar year, typically January or February, and this year fit alls on January 23rd. This is the first of 15 days of celebration and the start of the Year of the Dragon.
People born under the Dragon are passionate, brave and self-assured. At their best they are pioneering spirits; at their worst, they epitomize the old adage: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Dragons are generous with their resources, a tendency that at its most negative can reflect a foolhardy attitude towards money. But Dragons in general are blessed with good fortune. They are smart, enterprising and have a wicked sense of humor. They have a natural flair for fashion and are the people to consult if you want to catch up on the latest trends.
This Chinese New Year 2012 ushers in the Water Dragon. Water exerts a calming influence on the Dragon’s innate fire. Water Dragons are more open to other people’s opinions than other Dragons which gives them the ability to channel their personal charisma into real leadership qualities.
Dragon years are lucky for anyone thinking of starting a business or initiating a new project of any sort because money is easier to come by for everyone, whether it’s earned, borrowed or received as a gift. Consequently we can expect the economic downturn to ease up a bit in the coming year. Fortunes can be made but they can also be lost: Keep in mind like all good things, the Year of the Dragon will come to an end and you will be held accountable for unreasonable extravagances.
Dragons do well in professions that give them the ability to function somewhat autonomously. They make excellent sales people, publicists, political campaigners, lawyers, real estate brokers, actors and politicians.
Famous celebrities born in
under the Dragon include John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Al Pacino, Marlene
Dietrich and Matt Dillon. The Dragon’s lucky color is yellow.
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.
in general mean fascination, love and good luck. A white carnation stands
for innocence, devotion and pure love.
CONSUL TO EXPLAIN FOREIGN-PLATED CAR RULES, FEB 7th
Looking ahead one month on what could be a very important meeting in Puerto Aventuras. Copied from the Pelican Free Press.
U.S. Consular Agent, Samantha Mason, will present another in her series of informational seminars in Puerto Aventuras on February 7, 2012. Her meetings have become an annual event much to the delight of area residents.
This year’s program will be held in the Colonos Meeting Room, with doors opening at 9:00 O’clock and presentation to begin at 9:30. Topics to be discussed include a detailed explanation of the many changes made to laws regulating U.S. plated cars in Mexico, including the 2012 reintroduction of an annual import sticker. Yes, it will cost you more for the coming year.
Those who own foreign plated cars, or are considering bringing one into Mexico, are encouraged to attend this meeting. Other topics on the agenda include a detailed explanation of services offered by the U.S. Consulate Office in Playa del Carmen, the suggested protocol to use when stopped by police, how to pay your traffic ticket, and what to do if you become the victim of a crime. No reservation is required to attend and the meeting is open to all interested parties.
From an earlier posting in the Pelican Free Press, we have:
New rules govern foreign cars here
People bringing cars or other recreational vehicles and boats from the U.S. and other nations are now subject to new rules and fees. Regulations are of such length that the best way to convey them to our readers is to provide links to the information needed as noted in links below.
You will be dealing with a government sanctioned agency known as “Banjercito” a national credit society authorized by the government. In brief, the import will require deposits of from $200 to $400 “collected in Mexican pesos” and based on the model year of the vehicle. More information on the substantial rules is contained in the links below that were provided by the U.S. consular agency in Playa del Carmen. The consul notes that “As of June 11, 2011, there have been some significant changes to the laws regulating your U.S. plated car in Mexico. Everyone who has, or is considering bringing a car from the USA is encouraged to visit these sites for the latest update on requirements.”
Input from other Americans who have posted information on this subject and on the general topic of life in Mexico can be found at:
Robin’s “Best Shirt Award”, was not the only recorded “Event” in December.
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