Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Signs

Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL
34 42.54 N 081 05.58 W

According to the New York Times, the Earth's orbit wobbled enough to change the astrological signs.  I used to be a Scorpio, now I'm a Sagittarius.  Libby was a Sagittarius and now she's a Ophiuchus.  Neither of us ever heard the word Ophiuchus before. So, what does that mean?  Darned if we know.  Without looking, let me guess at what all the astrologers are doing --  Wave hands, it doesn't make any difference, wave hands again.  Am I right?

Right now we had another almost perfect moonrise.  The moon rise about 30 minutes before sunset.  That means tomorrow night it will miss again, setting about 30 minutes after sunset.

The post about homeless also gathered a few interesting comments.   Who gets to define what homeless means?  We all make our own definition.  The authorities make theirs.  The homeless must have their own.  Journalists, and police no doubt have their definitions too.  Here's the bottom line.  Some people need help and should be helped.  Some don't.  Some are public nuisances.  Who cares? Assigning labels to people isn't very helpful.

I like best what my friend Randy had to say about it: "I think, in a semi-conspiratorial way, that homeless is really defined by government as 'non-taxable'. No property taxes, no utility taxes, etc. If they cannot squeeze a nickle out of you because of your lifestyle, then your lifestyle must be made illegal and reasons made to force you to change it"

I also posted a copy of my homeless blog as a post on the SSCA forum.  (SSCA is the association for cruisers)  88 SSCA members read that post, but only one was brave enough to write a comment.  Could it be that they don't appreciate the comparison?

1 comment:

  1. ok, so I am no longer a Sagittarius either. But how the heck do you pronounce "Ophiuchus"?
    I just emailed you a photo of Ophiuchus. I think I'd rather be half horse....

    The constellation Ophiuchus represents a man wrestling a serpent, dividing the snake's body in two parts. It is the only sign of the zodiac linked to real men, sharing traits with Imhotep, a 27th century BCE Egyptian doctor, and biblical Joseph.
    Like Imhotep, Ophiuchus is considered a healer of men and a doctor of medicine or science. He seeks higher education and enlightenment. He is expected to achieve a high position in life.
    He is an interpreter of dreams and vivid premonitions. He is envied by his peers and favored by his father and authority figures.

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