ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our TENTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "B".
Saved by the bell...isn't that a funny expression when you think about it? There are so many phrases we use throughout each day-usually without regard to its meaning and its origin. "Saved by the bell" seems to have at least two origins that I can find. One is from the world of boxing slang in the latter half of the 19th century; when a boxer who is about to loose a round would be saved by the bell. The other 'origin' is from the17th century where it has been said that bells were placed in coffins in the event that the buried person would come to-they would ring the bell in hopes that someone would hear them and save them. In either case, the reference has to do with being saved by intervention. Which is how we use the phrase today.
We are at the start of Chinese New Year, or the lunar year. Actually, it begns at the end of the lunar celebration-celebration begins on Jan. 23rd and ends on Feb. 4th. According to Chinese Five Element Astrology Calendar, 2012 is the Year of Water Dragon . The color of Water in Five Elements system is related to Black. Therefore we can say 2012 is a Black Dragon, Water Dragon or Black Water Dragon year (from the website: http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2012ChineseHoroscope.htm).Check it out. Too much info for me to try to distill for you. Fascinating, though. The image is also from the website and is one of nine dragons that are on a very large/long scroll. Riveting stuff, I say.
"Jet is a product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of the carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of the carbon compression and fresh water.
Jet as a gemstone was fashionable during the reign of Queen Victoria, during which the Queen wore Whitby jet as part of her mourning dress. Jet was associated with mourning jewellery in the 19th century because of its sombre colour and modest appearance, and it has been traditionally fashioned into rosaries for monks."
Anyway, as I was saying, I had just read about black jet (or, you can just call it jet but one might think you're talking about the flying machines) and then the next day went up to Santa Fe and was showing my friend a second hand store that has the neatest things for sale (called, Double Take). Lo and behold! There in the jewelry case is black jet. And, in asking permission to photograph it I found myself giving way too much information about an on line meme I do involving weekly postings of the letters of the alphabet. It's hard to explain what we do here to those that do not read blogs or even go near a computer, isn't it? Sigh...but I thought it was such an odd coincidence to run in to what I thought was something obscure after just reading about it.
So, maybe now, when you head out, YOU might run in to some black jet and know what it is!
And, no baring blistering bunions were bravely used in this post, as you can see. Didn't mean to get your hopes up.