Samhain (link via PurseLipSquareJaw):
November 1 is the Celtic feast of Samhain. Samhain, Gaelic for “summer’s end,” was the most important of the ancient Celtic feasts.
The Celts honored the intertwining forces of existence: darkness and light, night and day, cold and heat, death and life. Celtic knotwork represents this intertwining. The Celts observed time as proceeding from darkness to light. The Celtic day began at dusk, the beginning of the dark and cold night, and ended the following dusk, the end of a day of light and warmth. The Celtic year began with An Geamhradh, the dark Celtic winter, and ended with Am Foghar, the Celtic harvest. Samhain marks the beginning of both An Geamhradh and the new Celtic year.
Samhain and the new Celtic year actually begin at dusk on October 31, the beginning of the Celtic day. Oidhche Shamhna, the Eve of Samhain, was the most important part of Samhain. Villagers gathered the best of the autumn harvest and slaughtered cattle for the feast. The focus of each village’s festivities was a great bonfire. Villagers cast the bones of the slaughtered cattle upon the flames. (Our word bonfire comes from these “bone fires.”) With the great bonfire roaring, the villagers extinguished all other fires. Each family then solemnly lit their hearth from the one great common flame, bonding all families of the village together.
The Celtic New Year starts at 5:00pm today on the West Coast of the U.S. with the sunset. My favorite time of year in SoCal starts about now and runs until mid-April with rain, cool weather, and the return of the northern birds (juncos, warblers, and the white crowned sparrows). Happy New Year.
Two more days until the 2004 Election. Put down your carefully crafted idea of what party you belong to for 10 – 15 minutes and go take the Political Compass test, as you might be surprised.
Which Presidential Candidate are you?
Though my policital beliefs are a mix, I thought I would be the Libertarian candidate, but quite amusingly I am:
Vlargh, here’s something good and scary to read for Halloween… This sounds like a good number of the web projects I work on…
If Architects Had To Work Like Web Designers (via Asterisk’s Quick Links)
1) I really wish US presidential elections were MUCH shorter, maybe a max of six months, as I reached my endpoint with this election cyle sometime before the summer conventions. Now I am at the point that I am very turned off by any ad from either side of any campaign or issue. How do I know this? Yesterday I found myself watching a political ad on a tv at Alex’s and the only thing I thought was, “Wow, Arnold has been so busy lately, he forgot to get his botox update shots.”
Sad, but true. What issue was Arnold stumping for? I don’t remember, I just know he looked surprisingly haggard and 60-something. I here thought it was against an LA County law for any movie star or Westside resident to look older than 40…
2) Tonight is the big Halloween bash at Alex’s and I have no heart for it. I do like to dress up, but Halloween is not my favorite event for dressing up. I prefer to dress up fun or fancy with current items in my closet for a special event, but dressing up in costume takes too much mental energy and requires the dreaded *shopping*. I would rather plan a fun bowling costume for Punk Rock Bowling, than a Halloween costume.
So, I borrowed my sister’s Lady Guinevere costume from last year, and my sister borrowed my Punk Rock Bowling outfit from two years ago. Stacey is going to loan me a stuffed frog and Lauren has loaned me her “Princess” cap. I shall be a princess with a frog who has steadfastly refused to change into a prince…
Update: I just tried on the borrowed costume from my sister, and it is so not going to work. ARGH! What do I do? It is huge! Labelled adult medium, but it is made of stretch velvet and is made for someone much taller and larger. Dang. Back to the drawing board at 5pm. Due to my shopping aversion, I will have to work with what is in my closet. Argh.
3) The victorian I live in is a duplex and people in the front moved out last weekend with no notice and are putting on a garage sale tomorrow as their last act. I called several friends who need a place to see if they are interested, as I would like to have people I know and like in front of me, rather than a random stranger(s). Matt and April came and checked it out today. I would love it if they moved in… ;o)
Tonight’s lunar eclipse as seen from Alex’s parking lot in Long Beach at 7:51pm (PDT) with my little Casio Exilim Z-40 (no filters, no tripod, no zoom lenses, just a little camera).
The moom was a very light dusky grey-biege with a very bright white-yellow cap of bright reflective light. Very beautiful.
May of 2003, I planted six tulip bulbs in my driveway side yard after receving them as a birthday gift. They have never bloomed. I admit that I didn’t refigerate them all summer and fall and then plant them in January as one is supposed to in SoCal.
Last week after our first round of rains, when green shoots came up near where I had planted the tulip bulbs, I got excited. Hey, it is not spring, it is the beginning of fall. But it is SoCal and bulbs can get confused here as the rains start before the cold starts. Then again, the confusion continues as it never really gets cold here.
On Friday, as I was packing up the car to go to my client meeting and then to Bishop/Mammoth, I noticed that the greenery was about to bloom. I came home on Sunday to Paper Whites in the early fall, not red tulips in the spring. Confused bulbs.
Scruffy is an highly sociable and extroverted little pup. He HATES being left alone. Due to my brother Joe and my schedules’, Scruffy gets left alone most days.
During Sept., we toyed with the idea of getting Scruffy his own dog. Some pup to play with, some little fellow or fellowess to be the Beta Dog to Scruffy’s Alpha. After of a week of thinking about the logistics of such a move, Joe kicked the real live dog idea to the can, so I went to Petco and got Scruffy his own white furry stuffed dog.
Scruffy decapitated and removed the squeaker and stuffing of his Beta dog within 48 hours. Now it is just another chew toy.