March is time to watch your back

Beware the Ides of March.


– Shakespeare


You have to be wary on the 15th of this month. If you’re a Ro­man Caesar, it can kill you. If you’re the rest of us, it can be annoying as you spend time looking for something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Many, I’m afraid, still follow the grade-school tradition of pinching those lacking some emerald display.

Still, our big parade will be Saturday, and everyone will toast Ireland and our shared Irish roots, as we have since Augusta’s earliest days.

For example, this week in 1799, The Chronicle published this notice: “The SONS of St. Patrick, and the other citizen subscribers to the Festival, are informed that dinner will be on the table THIS DAY at half past three o’clock, at Mr. McLaws’s.”

Through the years, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in Augusta as fervently as July Fourth and Christmas.

In 1823, The Chronicle reported that the St. Pa­trick’s celebration went late and “the party broke up with the utmost harmony, every man at a late, or rather, an early hour, retiring to his home.”

That’s why Irish eyes smile.


A GOOD DAY: Today’s a good day to talk to your financial planner.

Yes, according to the latest copy of AARP magazine (quit laughing) Fridays are the best days to talk to financial folks because planners often use Fridays to plan ahead for the following week, and they usually
have fewer meetings scheduled.

Here are other good days, according to the magazine:

Saturday: A good day to place a “personal” advertisement. Romance seekers tend to look for love toward the weekends.

Sunday: A good day to ask for a charitable donation. It’s called the “church effect,” and most of us are more generous on Sunday.

Monday: The best day
to buy sunglasses online. For some reason, that’s the day they often get marked down.

Tuesday: Take your pet to the vet. Monday’s weekend rush has subsided.

Wednesday: Get a tee time. Weekends are crowded. Mondays and Tuesdays often feature club tournaments. Wednesdays? Just you and the doctors.

Thursday: Speaking of doctors, this is the day to see one. Monday and Tuesday are full of weekend illness. Friday finds people who want to head off illness before the weekend. Wednesday, there’s golf (see above).


TODAY’S JOKE: The young woman was shopping in an upscale pet center and approached the clerk with her needs.

“I want a dog of which I can be proud,” she told the salesman. “Does that one have a good pedigree?”

“Miss,” said the clerk seriously. “If that dog could speak, she wouldn’t talk to either one of us.”