Monday, October 1, 2012

No one provokes me with impunity

We had another person scheduled to look at the house today, but when we got home there was no business card. The last agent who showed the house left a card. Maybe they didn't come. It's frustrating to think that we did all that cleaning, lowered the A/C, turned on the waterfall in the pool, and left the house for 2 hours for no reason.

Anyway, I've been reading a bit about Scotland's history. It's very interesting as most are. Their country's motto is Nemo me impune lacessit (No one provokes me with impunity). Sounds pretty similar to Texas!

Aberdeen's motto is "Bon Accord" and their popular toast is "Happy to meet, sorry to part, happy to meet again". Some sources say that "Bon Accord" is interpreted as the toast, and other sources say they are two different things. I've read about the origins of "Bon Accord" from many websites, but I used the excerpt from Wikipedia because it was the best short summary:

Bon Accord is French literally for "Good Agreement". Legend tells that its use dates from the 14th century password used by Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Scottish Independence, when he and his men laid siege to Aberdeen Castle before destroying it in 1308 and massacring the English Garrison, retaking Aberdeen for the townspeople. The secret phrase to initiate the campaign was "Bon Accord".

Apparently Robert the Bruce's heart was buried at Melrose Abbey, south of Edinburgh. Might be an interesting place to see one day.


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