Saturday, April 27, 2013

X to the Third!

Also written as X3  where X = 10....

The point is, sometime in the wee hours of the morning I went over 1,000 readers/hits on my blog! Yay me! Yay for my little bloggity blog!

Yay for "X"! Such a strange, rare and powerful letter. X has the fewest entries of any letter in the dictionary, and yet it's the letter we use to denote the very smallest and the very largest of a given item.

In the U.S. Constitution, "X" is the Tenth Amendment - arguably the foundation of our nation, granting  power to the people:

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

One brief sentence which grants such unique, ingrained and empowered rights to the people of this nation. It gives us the right to choose, to determine and act as we, the people, see fit. Unwritten in this amendment is the fact that I, as a citizen of California; can choose to relocate to another state if I feel the laws and statutes there are more in keeping with my own beliefs. That's a lot to pack into 28 words...

X has stood for and identified so many people, places, things and thoughts, it strikes curiosity and denotes mystery in it's use. We've had "X-files," "X-men," "X-factor," and "Triple X." We use "X" to cross our hearts, to mark the unknown, to identify the variable we are searching for, and to mark the location of treasure or a destination on a map and to signify kisses, which my granddaughter sends with every note she writes.

"X" begins Xanadu, a song and a movie unfortunately more well known than the poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

(For the full text, go here)

And finally, XY marks one of my favorite albums by Coldplay, with the awesomely inspirational and amazing song "Fix You."  Happy Saturday and XXXXXXX to all!

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