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July 2014  Issue 137

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MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF

After that little hic-cup in May and June, The Akumalian staff looked at the July Events listed in AkumalNow's web site and discovered an empty slate: Nothing; Nada: Zilch.  So, The Staff decided to come  back to keep the community informed about some monthly events that are scheduled for July, outside of Akumal.  www.akumalnow.com is doing an excellent job of reporting the Akumal Events, Comings & Goings, and Birthdays & Anniversaries, the things that need “feet on the ground”, so be sure you are on their distribution list.

And, for additional information about Akumal and Puerto Aventuras, don’t forget to check out Sac-Be and the Pelican Free Press

 How time consuming it is to do something like this issue will determine what happens going forward.

  

IMPORTANT JULY FACTS

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. 

 

ISS FLYOVER

If you were in Akumal and looking up at the sky at 7:56pm on Saturday, June 28, you might have seen a bright light crossing the sky in a WNW to ESE direction.  That was the ISS (International Space Station).

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays and Anniversaries
2          Gerardo Dominguez
2          Isabel Schober
4          Amy Blatner
9          John Chiosso
13        Ellie Humphrey
15        Heather Dooley
16        Steve DePaola hits BIG 5 - 0
17        Joan Gonzalez
17        Betsy Weaver
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.  Be advised that www.akumalnow.com is maintaining and reporting on birthdays and anniversaries, under CATEGORIES.

  

INDEPENDENCE DAY (U.S.) JULY 4th

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.

 

 

ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JULY 4th  

Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.

How very, very appropriate for RBSA to once again fall on July 4th.

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 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.

The June award for “Best Shirt” went to Mike Stone.  See June Best Shirt for more photos.

  

SPORTING EVENTS IN JULY 

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 2 - 6).

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 5 Women
July 6, Men

Trophies:

  • 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 July 5th to Sunday July 27st, 2014, the 101st Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 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 15.  It will be held at Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

British Open
   
The 2014 Open Championship event will be held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England on 17 — 20 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 77th All-American Soap Box Derby is on Saturday, July 26, 2014 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.

 

FIFA World Cup: Final
  
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's global governing body.  The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.  The current champion is Spain, who won the 2010 tournament in South Africa, but Spain has already been eliminated.

            The final game will be played in Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

  

FULL MOON, JULY 12th   

Full Buck Moon is on July 12nd at 11:26am 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. 

  

BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14th

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, JULY 14th

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!??

 

COMINGS AND GOINGS  -  Discontinued

Go to www.akumalnow.com for the current Comings & Goings.

 

HST FLYOVER, JULY 17th

            On July 17th, the HST (Hubble Space Telescope) will be visible as it flies over (just a little south) Akumal at 8:52pm, in a WSW to ENE track.  Check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAMMOCK DAY, JULY 22nd  

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!?!
 

WHERE DID THE HAMMOCK ORIGINATE, I HEAR YOU ASK?

Most Central American countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and  Costa Rica ~ and South American countries like Brazil and Equador ~ 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!

  

METEOR SHOWERS

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.

 

DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER JULY 29 & 30th

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.  

The long, rambling Delta Aquarid meteor shower can be seen across the entire Earth, and sky watchers in the Southern Hemisphere and northern tropics have an especially good view.  This shower is officially active from about July 12 to August 23 each year.  It overlaps with the more famous Perseid meteor shower in August, and those who observe the Perseids are sure to see Delta Aquarid meteors flying on the same nights.  Best time to look for both the Perseids and the Delta Aquarids is between midnight and dawn.

Does this shower have a peak? It does have a nominal peak in late July.  This year, 2014, is particularly favorable for watching this shower in late July, thanks to the arrival of the new moon on July 26. In years when the moon is out of the way, the broad maximum of this shower can be expected to produce 15 to 20 meteors per hour in the predawn hours around July 29.  The downside is that a new moon coinciding with the peak of the Delta Aquarids means it’s pretty much a full moon that accompanies the peak nights of the 2014 Perseid shower (August 10-13).  Late July and early August may be your best bet for watching meteors in the summer of 2014.

 

AKUMAL  EVENTS  --   Discontinued

Go to www.akumalnow.com for the current events in Akumal.

 

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