It’s the traditional end-of-summer holiday, Labor Day. People by the boatload (literally) will be heading out of town to the nearby lakes and rivers, or by the tent-or-camper full to the campgrounds. I don’t know, but I’d just venture a guess that there will be vast amounts of sudsy beverages consumed this weekend! Please, everyone, be safe! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE!
I thought it appropriate to share today’s picture as your get-away shot. This fellow knows that something is going on, but is a bit perplexed about what it may be by the look on his face! He’s happy to be out and about (as any dude that’s stylin’ it like he is!) would be. Now, however, he’s having second thoughts.
“Hey, dad! Where you takin’ me? Are we going to the vets again? Are you gonna stick me in the kennel there where there’s lots of yappin’ beasties?”
“No, son, we’re not taking you to the vet. Relax!”
“Relax? Relax???!!!! How am I supposed to relax? For all I know, you’re taking me to the mountains with you. Do you know what’s in the woods up there? I do! There are bears and coyotes! And those things are huge!!! You’re not expectin’ me to protect you up there, are you?”
“No, son, we’re not expecting you to protect us. All we ask is that you bark if a bear comes into the campground, that’s all.”
“Bark! Bark???? Do you know how dangerous that is? Look at me! I said, Look at me, you big oaf! As small as I am, I could hide from a bear under your socks!! But if I bark, that dang bear will know right where I am! And, I don’t know if you’ve noticed it or not, but I’m about bite-sized for a bear! Please, dad, I don’t wanna die!”
“Don’t worry, little boy. I’ll take care of you. You can sleep in my sleeping bag with me if it makes you feel any better.”
“Whew! Thanks, dad. You know, you’re the best dad EVER!”
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 30 BC, Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, took her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor (Caesar Augustus) of Rome.
Cleopatra, born in 69 B.C., was made Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, upon the death of her father, Ptolemy XII, in 51 B.C. Her brother was made King Ptolemy XIII at the same time, and the siblings ruled Egypt under the formal title of husband and wife. Cleopatra and Ptolemy were members of the Macedonian dynasty that governed Egypt since the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Although Cleopatra had no Egyptian blood, she alone in her ruling house learned Egyptian. To further her influence over the Egyptian people, she was also proclaimed the daughter of Re, the Egyptian sun god. Cleopatra soon fell into dispute with her brother, and civil war erupted in 48 B.C.
After years of tension and war involving Mark Antony, Julius Caesar and Octavian, Octavian declared war against Cleopatra, and therefore Antony, in 31 B.C. Octavian’s enemies rallied to Antony’s side, but Octavian’s brilliant military commanders gained early successes against his forces. On September 2, 31 B.C., their fleets clashed at Actium in Greece. After heavy fighting, Cleopatra broke from the engagement and set course for Egypt with 60 of her ships. Antony then broke through the enemy line and followed her. The disheartened fleet that remained surrendered to Octavian. One week later, Antony’s land forces surrendered.
Although they had suffered a decisive defeat, it was nearly a year before Octavian reached Alexandria and again defeated Antony. In the aftermath of the battle, Cleopatra took refuge in the mausoleum she had commissioned for herself. Antony, informed that Cleopatra was dead, stabbed himself with his sword. Before he died, another messenger arrived, saying Cleopatra still lived. Antony had himself carried to Cleopatra’s retreat, where he died after bidding her to make her peace with Octavian. When the triumphant Roman arrived, she attempted to seduce him, but he resisted her charms. Rather than fall under Octavian’s domination, Cleopatra committed suicide on August 30, 30 B.C., possibly by means of an asp, a poisonous Egyptian serpent and symbol of divine royalty.
Octavian then executed her son Caesarion, annexed Egypt into the Roman Empire, and used Cleopatra’s treasure to pay off his veterans. In 27 B.C., Octavian became Augustus, the first and arguably most successful of all Roman emperors. He ruled a peaceful, prosperous, and expanding Roman Empire until his death in 14 A.D. at the age of 75.
(Makes you wonder if Elizabeth Taylor knew her character was domed to die in the movie!)
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: some of the other names which were considered for the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs were: Scrappy, Doleful, Crabby, Wistful, Dumpy, Soulful, Tearful, Snappy, Helpful, Gaspy, Gloomy, Busy, Dirty, Awful, Dizzy, Shifty, and Biggy-Wiggy.