Thursday, December 31, 2009

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a blue moon I get up at 5:30AM. Ha! How about pretty much everyday I get up at that time. Anyways...I am driving down Cesar Chavez this morning and literally almost run off the road, because I cannot stop staring at how beautiful the moon was this morning. For those of you who do not know, it happens only once in a blue moon, but a blue moon will shine tonight on New Year's Eve. I did a little research to learn more about this phenomenon when I got back home this morning.

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says. Go HERE to read more.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

If they say the moon is blue,
We must believe that it is true.

Saying the moon was blue was equivalent to saying the moon was made of green (or cream) cheese; it indicated an obvious absurdity. In the 19th century, the phrase until a blue moon developed, meaning "never." The phrase, once in a blue moon today has come to mean "every now and then" or "rarely"—whether it gained that meaning through association with the lunar event remains uncertain.

I challenge everyone to do something different this year. Embrace the phrase once in a blue moon and make 2010 the year of change. Do not just think about making those resolutions or achieving those goals. Do something that is rare; aka: once in a blue moon! Join a CrossFit Central class and/or Relentless Boot Camps. We start back up on Monday, January 4th.

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