Monthly Topics - Jan 2018

Happy New Year

The staff of St. Tropez Ocean would like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Happy New Year

Here’s to a brand new year of good health, good fortune, and good times. Thanks for bringing in the New Year with us here at St. Tropez Ocean. We feel fortunate to have you all as our residents.

Bridge Across the Water
On New Year's Day, 1914, a fellow called Tony Janus started the world's first passenger-carrying airline when he flew from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tampa, just 19 miles across Tampa Bay. Since the plane, a flying boat, flew only 15 feet above the water, his only fare-paying passenger got a real bird's eye view of the bay! That passenger was prominent citizen of the area, George Gandy. Today there is a bridge named after him across Tampa Bay, which raises the inevitable question: did Mr. Gandy really enjoy his flight?

Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac consists of a 12-year cycle, each year of which is named after a different animal that imparts distinct characteristics to its year. Many Chinese believe that the year of a person’s birth is the primary factor in determining that person’s personality traits, physical and mental attributes and degree of success and happiness throughout his lifetime. To learn about your Animal sign, find the year of your birth amongst the 12 sings running around the border. If born before 1943 or after 1990, add or subtract 12 to find your year.
Luckiest of all signs, you are also talented and articulate. Affectionate, yet shy, you seek peace throughout your life. Marry a sheep or boar. Your opposite is the Cock.
You are eccentric and your life complex. You have a very passionate nature and abundant health. Marry a Monkey or Rat late in life. Avoid the Dog.
1953, 1965, 1977 1989
Wise and intense with a tendency towards physical beauty. Vain and high tempered. The Boar is your enemy. The Cock or Ox are your best signs.
1954, 1966, 1978, 1990
Popular and attractive to the opposite sex. You are often ostentatious and impatient. You need people. Marry a Tiger or a Dog early, but never a Rat.
1943, 1955, 1967, 1979
Elegant and creative, you are timid and prefer anonymity. You are most compatible with Boars and Rabbits but never the Ox.
1944, 1956, 1968, 1980
You are very intelligent and are able to influence people. An enthusiastic achiever, you are easily discouraged and confused. Avoid Tigers. Seek a Dragon or a Rat.
1945, 1957, 1969, 1981
A pioneer in spirit, you are devoted to work and quest after knowledge. You are selfish and eccentric. Rabbits are trouble. Snakes and Oxen are fine.
1946, 1958, 1970, 1982
Loyal and honest you work well with others. Generous yet stubborn and often selfish. Look to the Horse or tiger. Watch out for Dragons.
1947, 1959, 1971, 1983
Nobel and chivalrous. Your friends will be lifelong, yet you are prone to marital strife. Avoid other Boars. Marry a Rabbit or a Sheep.
1948, 1960, 1972, 1984
You are ambitious, yet honest. Prone to spend freely. Seldom make lasting friendships. Most compatible with Dragons and Monkeys. Least compatible with Horses.
1949, 1961, 1973, 1985
Bright, patient and inspiring to others. You can be happy by yourself, yet make an outstanding parent. Marry a Snake or Cock. The Sheep will bring trouble
1950, 1962, 1974, 1986
Tiger people are aggressive, courageous, candid and sensitive. Look to the horse and Dog for happiness. Beware of the Monkey.

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since the age of 17, Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister dedicated his entire adult life to fighting racism and segregation in the United States. Influenced by Gandhi’s example of nonviolent persuasion, he organized peaceful boycotts and demonstrations, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955. In 1963, King headed a massive civil rights campaign in Birmingham, Alabama. This crusade was followed by major drives for voter registration, desegregation, and better housing and education in the South. Honoring his hard work and fortitude in the civil rights movement, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. On April 4, 1968 he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Since 1986 the third Monday in January has been designated a legal holiday to honor this man of peace.