OK, so there is no such things as the IDES of 2020. However, with Covid 19, it is arguable that the entire year should qualify. BUT WE DO HAVE THE IDES OF MARCH. Most people don’t realize what that was. It was a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. The line itself is the soothsayer’s message to Julius Caesar, warning of Caesar’s death in 44 BC. The Ides of March didn’t signify anything special in itself. In Shakespeare’s day that was just the usual way of saying “March 15th”.

Since that time the idea stuck that the Ides of March is unlucky or a portent of doom-even if your name isn’t Caesar. The Latin root of “ides” means “to divide,” so ides basically just denotes the middle of the month.

For those who planned a vacation to the Coachella Valley anytime this year, everything was CANCELLED. The IW Tennis Tournament, Golf, Music Concerts, all make it appear that the Ides of 2020 were indeed real. For those that came to the Coachella Valley only to find more people on the road because there was no tournament AND then got rear ended….oh my!

For much of the country, March Madness refers to The College Basketball Finals, as well as NASCAR, Golf and St Patty’s. But for those of us that live here full time, Covid 19 caused the cancellation of every fun event. The increase of traffic of almost a half million visitors would not take place. However people are bored sitting at home with nothing to do but drink. Many would sneak out having consumed to much alcohol. Then you know what happens!

Most of us are sitting in front of TV’s at our home rather than bars and restaurants …and drinking all day because we are bored. Many foolishly drive unaware of how many beers and glasses of wine they consumed. However, when we drink at home we do not always pay attention to the amount of the pour. We all forgive an at fault, non-impaired, driver for an auto accident, because it is just that… an accident and not an intentional act…unless they were impaired. However, everyone would agree that the accident victim deserves to be fairly compensated for their pain and suffering. To get good results and fair compensation, follow these tips:

STOP and take pictures; get info; call Police; DON’T TALK to anyone without your lawyer’s permission…it’s evidence. It’s not what you say but what the other party THOUGHT THEY HEARD YOU SAY; Take DOWN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA; Get “local” legal and medical attention asap; Go to your lawyer’s body shop; Purchase high insurance limits, including UM; Do not sign anything…and then let your lawyer earn his or her money.

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