Valdosta Daily Times

June 23, 2013

Beware the super moon this weekend

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — In the movie, Moonstruck, with Cher, Nicholas Cage and a host of other incredible actors, the grandfather character repeatedly urges his pack of canines to howl at the moon in Italian, saying, “la bella luna, “ or beautiful moon. The theme of how the full moon makes everyone act strangely is central to the plot of the film, and although some have tried to debunk the theory that the moon affects behavior, I have no doubt that it’s absolutely true.

Tonight is what is being termed a “super moon,” when the full moon is nearest to the earth in its orbit around the planet. It is said to be a perigee moon, but as it rises looking far larger than most full moons, this phenomenon has come to be known as a super moon.

And does a full moon make folks behave differently? I think anyone who works in a newsroom would agree, and most law enforcement officials and emergency workers unofficially will say the same. Perhaps it’s due to the unseen gravitational force which governs the earth’s tides, or perhaps it’s an unknown source of energy emitted, but people seem to be crazier, act stranger, are angrier, and are more reckless during the full moon cycle. And with this being a super moon, perhaps it will have an even stronger effect.

I’m obviously being a bit tongue in cheek, and I certainly don’t think we need worry about werewolves or other creatures of the night. And some are wondering as they read this why I’m including it in a business column. Well, primarily because how people act directly affects just about anyone’s business, and it certainly has affected the Times this week. Many employees have had a bad or somewhat off week, myself included, and I cannot recall the last time customers acted so oddly or so angrily in response to things that normally would receive little notice. We’ve seen it in the rants called in, we’ve heard it in the calls we’ve received and we’ve witnessed some disturbing behavior.

We all agree it’s got to be the moon making everyone act just a little off kilter. At least we hope so, because if it is, it gives us hope that things will calm down a bit this week.

Business Roundup

The new national trendy store, Buckle, will be opening its doors at the Valdosta Mall on July 11. There are a lot of young shoppers enthusiastic about the prospect of having one of the stores locally, rather than having to go out of town to shop there.

More good news, especially for the folks wanting a place to go eat and play games. The Mill at Remerton Square has the signage in place, and all permits are pulled with renovations on the interior going strong. They are looking towards an August opening.

Thanks to their newspaper ad this week, I can now also report that the RugRat Play Zone is now open. They feature wall to wall, glow in the dark fun with a variety of combat type games, inflatables and a party room.

There is a new Big Al’s restaurant/ bar going in on Highway 41 South soon, where the pizza place used to be.

I understand that Two Friends Cafe and Restaurant is getting ready to undergo a major renovation and will be closing for a short time in August. Great news for the eatery, located in Summit Pointe, as the dinner service has really been bringing in a lot of diners.

And no, I don’t have an opening date yet for Hooters but as soon as I do, I will certainly pass it on.

Otherwise, fairly quiet right now but hopefully things will pick up again soon. And yes, that’s all I have for this week, but if there’s something I missed, please let me know!

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