DAILY BRIEFINGThe Ides
Mar. 15 - I don't want to spend my birthday on a long bloggish, so it's just the regular Almanac today.
If you didn't check in at the blog over the weekend, take some time to read about a Saturday spent working in a Danish factory and gambling in a Danish casino.
If you absolutely insist on not perusing Denmark's finest and most engaging English-language blog (sorry, but I've got to prime the search engines), however, here's one brief article from the weekend I'd really like you to see:
On March 2, I wrote the following over on the JustMorons site:An Honorable Man
So that's my goal. I want to be the number one hit for searches like "expectant american writer in denmark" or "pregnant expatriate writer" or "expectant expat" or "expectant father abroad." Especially if the words "funny" or "stupid" or "moron" happen to be sprinkled into the mix.I'm in the top ten on all of those searches now, even without the moronic modifiers.
I've said it before and I'll say it again (and again and again): you guys rock.
Or, as they say here in the land of herring, Tusind tak!
March 15 is the Ides of March. Julius Caesar was killed on the Ides in 44 BC by a group of conspirators led by Brutus and Cassius. They were angry at him because he had crossed the Rubicon. Later Marc Antony borrowed everyone's ears and told them that Brutus was an honorable man, which upset them so much they had a Civil War.
Sixteen centuries later, more or less, William Shakespeare immortalized the story, and eventually Marlon Brando got to play Marc Antony, so everyone was happy in the end.
Caesar is also celebrated because he wrote a famous book called The Garlic Wars, which begins with the famous line, "All garlic is divided into three cloves." It also includes the line "veni, vidi, vinci," the exact meaning of which is still a matter of debate but, if my own Latin studies are worth anything, probably involves Druids and hollandaise sauce.
I celebrate my own birthday on March 15, alongside the older and dowdier Fabio (1961), Sly Stone (1944), Judd Hirsch (1935), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912), and Andrew Jackson (1767).
March 15 is Revolution Day in Hungary, Constitution Day in Belarus, Youth Day in Palau, and, it should go without saying, J.J. Roberts Day (no relation) in Liberia.
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