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March 15th Holiday


Beware the Ides of March. For real, beware. If a soothsayer or seer ever tells you that, you better take him seriously. Julius Caesar did not. He did not heed the warning and even thumbed his nose at the seer on this day in 44 B.C. by telling him, “The Ides of March have come” and nothing had happened. The all-knowing seer responded only with, “Aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Yep, then Julius got stabbed 23 times by a group of conspirators in the Roman Senate:

Bummer. Maybe if he had just played it safe and stayed home that day he would have been cool. Probably not, but you never know. I decided to celebrate today’s holiday by watching a movie. Not one of the many Julius Caesar movies out there, a more modern one that perfectly fit the occasion. I rented The Ides of March, you know the one with George Clooney and Ryan Gosling:

Man candy, oh yeah. I have to point something out here. George Clooney – 1. Made the Caesar haircut a phenomenon by being one of the first to sport it back in his ER days. 2. He directs, produces and stars in a movie aptly titled, The Ides of March. Hmmmm…..is Clooney Caesar reincarnated? I think that is where the similarities stop, but I found that to be quite curious. So, I bet all of you are wondering what I thought of the movie? Maybe not, but I’m going to tell you anyway. It was pretty good actually. It started off a bit slow, but it was very thought-provoking and had a good plot line. Rich, amazingly, managed to stay awake for the entire movie. This is a big deal because he typically dozes off within about 8.3 seconds of laying down on the couch in the evening. So, that in itself can tell you that it was at least somewhat interesting. I rated it a 7 out of 10. It could have been higher, but I am not super keen on politics and that is entirely what this movie is about. Rich rated it an 8, not too shabby. We would both recommend it for your viewing pleasure!

Total Cost to Celebrate: $2.49

Clip of the Day:

Just in case you don’t know what movie I am referencing, here is the trailer:


P.S. – Told you. Man candy. Well, except for Paul Giamatti. Oh yeah, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman…not so much there.