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July 2013  Issue 127

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After that little hic-cup in June, The Akumalian is back on schedule, so sit back, kick off the sandals, and relax with this July issue.

Summer and the hurricane season are here, and the tourists are still here too.  And, there is a fair amount of “Came & Went” as well.

‎There is a lot going on in July, especially if you are going to Europe. 


It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born,  The month Julius replaced Quintilis (quintus = five)—the fifth month in the early Roman calendar, which began with March before the Julian calendar instituted January as the start of the year.  Unfortunately, Caesar himself was only able to enjoy one July during his life—the very first July, in 45 B.C.  The following year he was murdered on the Ides of March.

 Cancer   June 22 – July 22
  Leo - July 23 -August 21

 July Birthstone:  Ruby
July's birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history.  The word Ruby comes from the Latin "ruber," meaning red.  It is a variety of the mineral Corundum, and is found as crystals within metamorphic rock.  Corundum is the second hardest mineral, after Diamond.  It comes in a variety of colors, and is considered a Sapphire in any color except red, which is designated as a Ruby.  Rubies range in hue from an orangey red to a purplish red, but the most prized gems are a true red in color.  Large sized Rubies are very rare and valuable. 

 July Flower:  Larkspur
July's flower, the larkspur, is associated with lightheartedness and levity.  Larkspurs can evoke the care-free days of summer we remember from our youth.  The larkspur, or Delphinium, is named for the shape of their flowers.  The flower resembles the bottle - like nose of a dolphin. 


Birthdays and Anniversaries
2          Gerardo Dominguez
2          Isabel Schober
4          Amy Blatner
9          John Chiosso
13        Ellie Humphrey
15        Heather Dooley
17        Joan Gonzalez
18        Gary & Oveta Vardell Anniversary
20        Hurley Hackler
22        Bud Blatner
23        Kai Kirk
26        RC Castro
26        Paula Humphreys
28        Gustavo Guerra
31        Gonzalo Arcila

 There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.

 Missed June Birthdays

 None that we know of.


Seventeen seconds.

Count it off.  It’s nothing.  It’s the length of an unsatisfying guitar solo.  It’s the time you spend staring at the ground in the morning, trying to remember where your glasses are, before you reach up and find them on top of your head.  It’s half a commercial.  Two more seconds than an Instagram video.

In a society with a negligible attention span, we can all agree that 17 seconds is a preposterously short amount of time.  And 17 seconds was all it took for the Chicago Blackhawks to rewrite the headlines, change the narrative, and give them a Stanley Cup championship on Monday, June 24.

You’ve probably heard the story by now.  The Blackhawks were trailing 2-1 with a little over a minute left in Game 6, and the Bruins fans were all set to celebrate a victory and get ready for Game 7 in Chicago.  Then Brian Bickell scored his ninth goal of the playoffs to tie the game, and the TD Garden went silent.

Seventeen seconds later the Blackhawks’ Dave Bolland found himself in front of the net with a rebound bouncing in front of his stick.  He slapped it in; somehow the Blackhawks were winning.  There were 59 seconds left on the clock.  The Bruins fans went into a collective state of shock.

The Blackhawks held on.  The series was over.

There isn’t too much to say.  This is why we all watch sports, right?  Those 17 seconds go a little differently, and maybe Boston hangs on, then they might have gone back to Chicago and won Game 7.  They become the team on the verge of a dynasty, and not the other way around.

It ended the way it did, though–and that’s how narratives change, grow, fester, etc. Seventeen seconds, a couple puck bounces, and history is written.

 Hockey players are tougher than you.

In Monday night’s Stanley Cup Finals Game 6, Chicago’s Andrew Shaw took a vicious wrist shot to the face.  Did he stay in the game? Of course he stayed in the game.  Shaw wasn’t the only one to play on through pain.  Bruins star Patrice Bergeron played with a broken rib, torn cartilage, and a separated shoulder.

Both finished the game.  Why?  Because hockey players are tougher than you.


Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  For more information, go to July 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 is one to celebrate, because it’s on Friday, July 5th, one day after July 4th.

This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is the judge and jury this month. 

And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like “coolest”, “neatest”, and “most colorful” might garner a lot of brownie points.  There has been trash talk about the front panels needing line up at the buttons.

The June award for “Best Shirt” went to Rhett Schober.  See June Best Shirt for more photos.



Richard Mazzola’s Painting of the Month
         Richard Mazzola has his gallery, Ak-Nah Galeria, in Plaza Ukana, and back in February he had a very successful art show; see Richard’s Art Show.  As a result, The Akumalian is featuring one of Richard’s painting each month.

            This one is called Predator, and it is Richard’s best seller in a giclee.

  Visit Richard’s Gallery for more info on Richard and his art work.

New Restaurant In Akumal
    Pancho Villa’s has opened its doors where Mary Henderson’s Ixchel Boutique used to be, right next door to Turtle Bay Café.  As you might expect, the menu leans a lot toward Mexican dishes.



Henley Royal Regatta –
Each summer, Henley-on-Thames is brought to life with the Henley Royal Regatta.  The Regatta is a unique rowing event offering 100 world-class races over 5 days (July 3 - 7).

Henley Royal Regatta is undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world and it holds a unique place in the respect and affection of all oarsmen – both active and retired.  Founded in 1839, it is famous both as a great sporting occasion and as a social event.  People come from all over the world to attend, either as competitors or as spectators.

The picturesque surroundings and glorious summer sunshine provide a welcome haven of relaxation and tranquility from the stresses of city life.  The ambience is one of a large, Edwardian garden party and this prestigious event offers an idyllic opportunity for corporate or social entertaining.  Enjoy a day of indulgence and relaxation.  

Wimbledon Finals
July 6 Women
July 7, Men


  • Men's singles: Gentleman's singles trophy inscribed "The All England Lawn Tennis Club Single Handed Champion of the World", a cup standing 18.5-inches tall with a diameter of 7.5-inches.
  • Ladies' singles: Venus Rosewater Dish, an 18.75-inch silver salver made by Messrs. Elkington and Co Ltd in 1864.

Tour de France
Running from Saturday June 29th to Sunday July 21st, 2013, the 100th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,497 kilometers.

Festival of San Fermin
The festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it's more commonly known outside Spain, officially begins at midday on July 6th every year.

MLB All-Star Game

The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held Tuesday, July 16.  It will be held at Citi Field in Queens, New York City, the home of the New York Mets.

British Open
The 2013 Open Championship event will be held at Muirfield on 18 — 21 July.  The Open Championship is the greatest golf tournament of all with the first championship being held at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland in 1860.  The following eleven championships were also staged at Prestwick until 1873 when St Andrews played host.  Over the years a number of the other great links courses in the UK have been added to the Open circuit such as Muirfield, Royal Troon, Carnoustie, Royal Birkdale and Turnberry to name but a few.

Up until 1870, golfers used to play for "The Belt" until it was won by Tom Morris Jnr in three consecutive years from 1868 - 1870 and therefore The Belt became his property.  Now it is the famous Claret Jug that golfers from all over the world strive to get their hands on and achieve their lifetime dream of becoming The Open Champion.

All-American Soap Box Derby
The Soap Box Derby is a youth soapbox car racing program which has been run in the United States since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio. Cars competing in this and related events are unpowered, relying completely upon gravity to move.

The 76th All-American Soap Box Derby is on Saturday, July 27, 2013 in Akron, Ohio.  The Soap Box Derby is actually three races, one in each of three divisions.  The races are held at the 954-foot long Derby Downs track, a three-lane, straight downhill track.  Divisions include the Stock Division, Super-stock Division, and Master Division, each with their own restrictions.


Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year.  In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July"). 

To see “the rest of the story” go to Bastille Day


National Nude Day is a way to keep cool on a hot, sticky summer day, so, take it off,. take it all off.

Sorry, we will display no pictures of National Nude Day.

National Nude Day is a serious event. There are a sizable number of nudist groups around the world. They are not perverts. Rather, Nudists believe that the body is a beautiful thing, and meant to be displayed. Nudist colonies, nude beaches, and other venues exist to cater to the preferences of individuals who seek to walk around "au natural".

Interestingly, we found a lot of sites promoting Nude Day T-shirts.  But, isn't this problematic?  How can you wear a T-shirt on National Nude Day!??


            The pace is slowing down as we head into July.


Seen in and around Akumal in June:

  • Richard & Arlene Pargot are back at Las Vigas after a short respite in NJ.
  • The Pargot’s daughter, Jill, and her husband and kids are here for ten days.
  • Ron & Joyce Flake were here for a very short visit.
  • Michael & Lunda Schwartz, along with Alexa, Sherman and Reed, were here for a few days.
  • Oveta Vardell was spotted in South Akumal.
  • Russ & Stephanie Motley returned from a brief trip to Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Neil & Paula Humphries – with Katie and Ellie – should be returning in July..
  • Dean Keegan was here for a quick house construction check trip.
  • Beryl & Susanne Van Lierop are back for the summer.

David & Nancy Poor have returned to PA.
Jim & Kathy Farrell have returned to Austin.



Full Buck Moon is on July 22nd at 1:15am AST.

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.  

It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being now most frequent.  Sometimes this is also called the Full Hay Moon. 



Always on  July 22nd.

Hammock Day is appropriately celebrated right in the middle of the Dog Days of summer (July 3 though August 11th).  Hammock Day exists to enjoy summer as it should be enjoyed.  People celebrate Hammock Day by spending as much time relaxing on it as possible.  Getting out of your hammock to get a snack, or your favorite summer beverage is okay.  But, it is not a day for work.  Cutting the lawn is forbidden on this day.

The roots of Hammock Day and Hammock Day history is largely unknown.  Maybe the originator was too busy napping on his or her hammock!?!


Most Central American countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and  Costa Rica ~ and South American countries like Brazil and Ecuador ~ have a rich and ancient heritage associated with hammocks that predate North Americans by 800 - 900 years.  It is generally accepted that the origins of the hammock began approximately 1000 years ago in Central America by the Mayan Indians.  This advanced culture which produced the most accurate calendar, the Mayan calendar, built the architecturally exquisite pyramids and stone palaces, created their own writing system, and were extraordinary astronomers and mathematicians, also designed a web-like hammock which is still in use today and considered to be the most ingenious and comfortable of all hammocks.

The earliest hammocks were woven from the bark of the Hamak tree.  The Sisal plant {similar in looks to an Aloe Vera plant} later replaced the bark as the material of choice for the hammock because it was more abundant, and its fibers could be softened by rubbing them against the thigh.  The use of cotton in these original hammocks is a relatively new material adopted only in the last 50 - 60 years!

 Because of the extensive trade routes which were established between the Indian nations of Central and South America, the hammock naturally found its way into the heart and home of millions of natives.  Hammocks were soon being made from indigenous fabrics and materials which resulted in a multitude of styles, which have evolved to the classic cloth/fabric hammock, typical of Brazil, and cord and rope hammocks similar to today's styles.

Shortly after Columbus dropped anchor in the "New World" hoping to find shiploads of gems, spices and fine silks he found, instead, a load of natives of the Bahamas lounging in hammocks for their afternoon siesta and demonstrating their genetically superior disdain for time! Columbus decided to take a load of hammocks back to Europe with him, along with the few gold trinkets he was given {which would ultimately create the first gold rush in the new world and be the beginning of the end of many great nations}, probably to substitute for the lack of other "Eastern treasures".  Soon, many European sailors, particularly the British and the French, found the hammocks very useful and practical for sleeping at sea.

The Europeans generally utilized canvas cloth for their hammocks, which the Navy used for three centuries.  These naval hammocks, unlike their predecessors, were small, sweaty and cramped - each sailor was allowed about 4 inches in width!  During battle engagements, the hammocks were rolled up in tight bundles and jammed into racks on the ship's gunwales as protection against small arms fire.  A few bullet holes were probably welcome ventilation to the sailors!


Did you know Meteor Showers recur each year, in some cases for hundreds or even thousands of years?  Technically speaking, Meteor Showers are bursts of cosmic debris entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speed and thus vaporizing, leaving a streak of light that quickly disappears.  Normally named after the constellation from which they originate these bursts are the result of interactions between a planet and a comet in which a number of meteors are observed.  As they all travel in parallel paths and at the same velocity, to their viewer Meteor showers appear to radiate away from a single point in the sky.  This is called the "radiant" of the shower.

So, as we know, you don't like spending your early mornings outside at the beach or up the roof, but you still love fantastic meteor showers.  Watch for the Delta Aquarids towards the end of the month.


Like the Eta Aquarids in May, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower in July favors the Southern Hemisphere and tropical latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere.  The meteors appear to radiate from near the star Skat or Delta in the constellation Aquarius the Water Bearer.  The maximum hourly rate can reach 15-20 meteors in a dark sky.  The nominal peak is around July 29-30, but, unlike many meteor showers, the Delta Aquarids lack a very definite peak.  Instead, these medium-speed meteors ramble along fairly steadily throughout late July and early August.  An hour or two before dawn usually presents the most favorable view of the Delta Aquarids, assuming the moon is out of the way.  In late July, 2013, the rather faint Delta Aquarid meteors will be at least partially drowned in the light of a bright last quarter moon on July 29.  

Try watching in early August, when the Perseid meteor shower is building to its peak and the light of the waning crescent moon is less obtrusive.  The absence of the moon in 2014 will make next year a favorable one for watching the Delta Aquarids.


The only Akumal “Event” was the Best Shirt Award, and that has been reported above.


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