Another Friday The 13th; Really A Month Too Early To Be Significant — Since It Was All To Do With The Dissolution Of The Knight’s Templar.
.by Anura Guruge
Despite all the other theories and beliefs, this ‘superstition‘ about Fridays the 13th being unlucky really appears to have its roots in Friday, October 13, 1307, when, with the blessing of the French Pope, Clement V (#196), the first of the Clement V popes, the French King, Philip IV, who was heavily in fiscal debt to the Templar’s (the original international bankers), had most of the Templars in France arrested.
It was a bad day for the Templars — and was really the first major financial crisis in world history.
Hence why people were afraid of Fridays the 13th. They didn’t want a repeat of what happened to the (far from) ‘poor’ Templars.
This fact tends to be forgotten.
But, I, like a few others, want to make sure that we don’t forget why Friday the 13th is significant.
Today, at sundown is the start of Yom Kippur. Given that many Jewish holidays start on a Friday I have to assume that over the centuries having a holiday start on a Friday the 13th is quite common place. To be fair the Jews were probably very glad to see the backs of the Templar — who loved nothing better than butchering Muslims and Jews (given that they were supposed to be celibate).
.by Anura Guruge
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As far as I can tell this was the first PSNH outage we have suffered since the brief outage on June 3, 2013 — in between two storms. So that is 101 days without an outage. I, for one, am glad and thankful.
That was quite a storm that we had. We had over 24 hours of lightning. Pretty impressive and kind of scary.
When we were leaving Cactus Jack’s on Wednesday night, after dinner, around 7:30 pm, we heard one of those grating National Weather Service (BBC-like) alerts that warned of a significant thunderstorm that would last till 10pm Thursday night. This was 7:30 pm Wednesday. That was over 24 hours. I commented that they must have got it wrong. I can’t ever recall a single continuous thunderstorm that lasted over 24 hours. Well, now I do.
Actually I just heard a peal of thunder as I type this; 11:10 am Friday. WOW!
I expected to lose power. I disconnected the two Internet lines and my computer a number of times yesterday. It was getting so bad that I did it last around 4pm on Thursday and everything was disconnected when we lost power at 10:57pm.
There had been no flickering of lights all day, or none that I noticed.
I had taken Devanee for Clearlakes Chorale practice and we didn’t get home till close to 10 pm. That is when I had my dinner. Much to my amazement the TV was still picking up the satellite without any problem! Strange. I decided to watch WMUR (Channel 9) at 11pm to see the weather map. It was 10:57 pm. I had the remote in my hand to punch in 9. BOOM. Total blackness. No power.
Didn’t phase me. Didn’t even think about rolling out the two generators. I still had to finish my nightly yogurt. Went and found a bunch of torches (flashlights as some refer to them) — many rechargeable (some from solar). Ate the yogurt reading the paper since I couldn’t watch TV. There was still water in the taps, plus we had some bottled water. So I was all set for taking my handful of pills, hydrogen peroxide rinsing and brushing my teeth. Read my book, in bed, with a torch. I was all set.
Alarm company called up to tell us that they knew that we had lost power.
Power came back within 2 hours, I think. I can’t be sure. I didn’t bother to look at the clock (battery powered).
So that was that. Wasn’t bad.