Today is March 15th – also known as the Ides of March. Does that phrase strike a chord with you?
It certainly struck one with Julius Caesar. On this day in the year 44 BC, he was stabbed to death at the Roman Senate; the knives of the conspirators struck him at least 23 times. His last words, according to William Shakespeare, were “Et tu, Brute?” as he discovered that his friend Marcus Brutus was also plunging a dagger into his body. The event was famously dramatized by Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar – including the warning of a soothsayer to Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March.”
A warning which Julius obviously didn’t take too seriously, with dire consequences. For one thing, it led to five civil wars in Rome over the next 14 years as the assassination conspirators plotted and counter plotted. For another, it totally ruined Caesar’s toga. (Sorry)
The Ides of March now are pretty much consigned to being just the two days before St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Not many people think of the day nor its significance to history – not when you’re two days away from a barrel full of green beer.
Are you thinking two days away on this Ides of March? If you’re thinking about doing excavation work anywhere in the state of Texas on St. Patrick’s Day, today is the day you need to call in your ticket request to Texas811.
A friendly agent will take information from you, ask you a few questions, pinpoint your proposed dig location, and then notify relevant utilities that have underground infrastructure in the area. Those utilities then have 48 hours to come out and mark the location of those underground lines, so you can dig safely.
Don’t be the guy who stabs a pressurized gas line, cuts a telecommunications line or punctures an electrical transmission line.
Don’t make the utility companies say “Et tu, Brute?” to you.
Call 811 before you dig and leave the drama to Shakespeare.
Finally, for those of you keeping up – I promised to update my weight loss program right here every week. I started at 219 pounds on January 4. Today’s weight is 212.6. Last week was 211.8. Back to the gym!
Until next week, safe digging!