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Friday, January 13, 2012

Dollar Bill

Another work week comes to an end, and the weekend begins.   And a long weekend it is as Monday is Martin Luther King day.   Technically , being a manager of a regional technical support team, I really don’t have a day off, as I can receive a call at any time, day, night, overnight, weekend, or holiday,  to help support the Editorial News and media systems.  Fortunately, I have some very talented people working for me, and the frequency of calls has diminished over the years.  Still, checking the status of changes, and checking the Blackberry is a basic addiction at this point.

Kyle is spending the night at Sachem East HS in what they call “Awakeathon”, where some 300 students will be staying awake and raising money for St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.  A worthy cause, and that is only the freshman and sophomore’s this week.    Next week will be Junior’s and Seniors, and collectively they will likely raise about $20,000.

Luke went to the eye Dr. last week and now has new glasses.    He is near sighted and has a astigmatism, but looks really cute in glasses.  Some people look great in glasses from the get go….

This day in history “On this day in 1128, Pope Honorius II grants a papal sanction to the military order known as the Knights Templar, declaring it to be an army of God.”
Led by the Frenchman Hughes de Payens, the Knights Templar organization was founded in 1118. Its self-imposed mission was to protect Christian pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land during the Crusades, the series of military expeditions aimed at defeating Muslims in Palestine. The Templars took their name from the location of their headquarters, at Jerusalem's Temple Mount. For a while, the Templars had only nine members, mostly due to their rigid rules. In addition to having noble birth, the knights were required to take strict vows of poverty, obedience and chastity. In 1127, new promotional efforts convinced many more noblemen to join the order, gradually increasing its size and influence.

If you're reading this, you're probably one of the thousands of people who have become aware of the Knights Templar sometime in the past five years. For all that was truth and fiction about Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code," there's no arguing the fact that it successfully raised the awareness of the ancient order and their transition into the twenty-first century

The group that draws the most attention by far is the Masonic branch of Knights Templar. While the connection to the historic Knights Templar is tentative at best, Freemasons offer membership to Christian Masons on the York Rite path who have been successfully initiated into the Royal Arch.
I just think "DaVinci Code", and “Angels and Demons” are cool movies.  There is something about conspiracy theories, and the Illimunati that make me want to believe even more in this ancient order.  The quest for the holy grail will never get old. 

Just look at a dollar bill and the images strike out Illuninati, and conspiracy.  It is one of the oddest, if not the most unique currency in the world.  I really like US Currency, the beauty and artwork is weird and different.  I have been told this week, that I can start saving extra money in my 401K this year.  It is called a catch up deduction.  Not only can I save $17,000 per year, according to the feds, I can put away an additional $5,000 because I will be turning 50 years old this year.  In a way, I hated that email, and hate even more the fact that there is no way in hell I can save even close to that amount of money each year towards retirement.

Photo of the day “Dollar Bill”

 P.S. The back of the bill is where is gets interesting.

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