The Ides of March 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 around the CANCELLED IW Tennis Tournament it would appear that the Ides were indeed unlucky. For those that came here only to find more people on the road because there was no tournament AND then got rear ended….oh my!
This column comes out on Wednesday March 18…during The Ides of March…Madness. For the much of the country March Madness refers to The College Basketball Finals, as well as NASCAR, Golf and St Patty’s.
But those of us that live here full time, it also refers to The Cancelled Indian Wells BNP Tennis Tournament, and the increased traffic of almost a half million visitors who came here to attend Tennis in Indian Wells. Everyone drinks while watching these sports and of course on St Patty’s?
Somehow common sense should kick in for drivers to consider all the additional cars on the road. Of course that means more DUI’s and Accidents. In addition, is this a good time to repair our roads during the height of traffic …which often causes drivers to quickly change lanes? Wouldn’t it be prudent to hold off repairs until after the tournament?
People are sitting in front of their TV’s at home or bars and restaurants …and drinking all day. Many foolishly drive home unaware of how many beers and glasses of wine they consumed. However, when we drink outside of home we do not know how much alcohol the bartender poured.
We should 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 under the influence.
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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