Paraskevidekatriaphobics — people afflicted with a morbid, irrational fear of Friday the 13th — will be staying in bed today no doubt.... I would have , but for some reason I am up early and checking money transactions - the King was in his counting house - counting out his money !!!
The sixth day of the week and the number 13 both have foreboding reputations said to date from ancient times. It seems their inevitable conjunction from one to three times a year (there will be three such occurrences in 2012, exactly 13 weeks apart) portends more misfortune than some credulous minds can bear. Legend has it: If 13 people sit down to dinner together, one will die within the year. The Turks so disliked the number 13 that it was practically expunged from their vocabulary (Brewer, 1894). Many cities do not have a 13th Street or a 13th Avenue. Many buildings don't have a 13th floor. If you have 13 letters in your name, you will have the devil's luck (Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, Jeffrey Dahmer, Theodore Bundy and Albert De Salvo all have 13 letters in their names). There are 13 witches in a coven.
The Chinese regarded the number as lucky, some commentators note, as did the Egyptians in the time of the pharaohs. To the ancient Egyptians, we're told, life was a quest for spiritual ascension which unfolded in stages — twelve in this life and a thirteenth beyond, thought to be the eternal afterlife. The number 13 therefore symbolized death, not in terms of dust and decay but as a glorious and desirable transformation. Though Egyptian civilization perished, the symbolism conferred on the number 13 by its priesthood survived, we may speculate, only to be corrupted by subsequent cultures who came to associate 13 with a fear of death instead of a reverence for the afterlife.
My latest post to Facebook seems to be quite popular. Over 500 hits ...
Money from the returned car safely in my account this morning - as is the invoice from Profound Decisions - so al looking good on the banking front.
Bookers is about ready to be sent on the web.
Must consider requirements for the Big Cheese as there will be little time for deliveries if we are not careful.
Borrowed a keyboard so may have a chance to do some recording later ...
Last few minutes of Friday 13th - and no disasters so far !!1
Bookers order is in
Confirmation from the Brewery that delivery will be fine for Wednesday
Good trip down to Bristol and we have a new Car - and "it is a Green One !! "
Home Made Pizza for dinner and a bottle of Blush...
Website for Nancy up and running ( still waiting on the email but getting there )
Loaded and tried Skype with Nancy - works well
Playing with new Video software - trying video montage .... seems to work ....
Meat Loaf on the speakers ... can't really fault the world ( except the flood warnings all over the country of course!!)