Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
The Lupercalia was an annual Roman festival held on February 15 to honour Faunus, god of fertility and forests. Justin Martyr identified Faunus as Lupercus, 'the one who wards off the wolf', but his identification is not supported by any earlier classical sources. The festival was celebrated near the cave of Lupercal on the Palatine (one of the seven Roman hills), to expiate and purify new life in the Spring. This festival's origins are older than the founding of Rome.
The religious ceremonies were directed by the Luperci, the "brothers of the wolf", priests of Faunus, dressed only in a goatskin. During Lupercalia, a dog and two male goats were sacrificed. Two patrician youths were anointed with the blood, which was wiped off with wool soaked in milk, after which they were expected to smile and laugh. The Luperci afterwards dressed themselves in the skins of the sacrificed goats, in imitation of Lupercus, and ran round the Palatine Hill with thongs cut from the skins in their hands. These were called Februa. Girls and young women would line up on their route to receive lashes from these whips. This was supposed to ensure fertility and ease the pains of childbirth. The name of the month of February is derived from the Latin februare, "to purify" (meant as one of the effects of fever, which has the same linguistic root).
The William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar begins during Lupercalia.Now that's a holiday I could get into!
Friday, February 03, 2006
Astroland Park. Coney Island, NY. New Years Day 1/1/05.
Originally uploaded by nadzent.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
One more day of alternate side of the street parking. Getting lucky and finding a spot near "the Fluffies", or by the park.
One more day to possibly receive a Fresh Direct delivery.
One more day of Disco Linda above our head.
One more day of the legless beggar in the wheelchair on my way home from work.
One more day of being a 10 minute walk away from one of the most beautiful museums in America.
One more day of being a 10 minute walk from 300 different cuisines, all of which can be had for less than $20 and eaten in, taken out, or delivered to your doorstep.
One more day of instant access to the $18 mani/pedi - Monday thru Wed only...
One more day of Gary, The Cracker, MLE, John and Zoe, PROSPECT PARK (no more runs in the park, I can hardly choke back the tears), 7th Avenue, 5th Avenue, Jones Beach, Coney Island, Court Street Bakery, Nino's Pizzeria, Mazolla's Bakery, 200 5th Avenue, Purity Diner, Brownstones - BROWNSTONES! - farmer's market, Christine, 5th Ave Cat Clinic, Park Slope Veterinary, Happy Dry Cleaners, WAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
I have to stop, I can't take it anymore. It's just too sad. How are we ever going to live in the suburbs? I mean, how do people do it day in and day out? Will we survive? Or will you be reading about our new Brownstone in Sunset Park in about 10 months?
I guess we'll just have to take a great big breath, wave adios but not good-bye, pack our Budget Rental and not look back. I am sure we can do it. There are just far too many great things about Brooklyn to list in any one post. The memories go on and on.
Thanks to our extended Brooklyn family. We are going to miss you guys, but we won't be far away. We will be back for concerts at the Balabans, Brunches with the Heaths and Dinner with the Rowes, drinks with Christine, etc. I promise.