And as a bit of gift-giving tips for those of you who have both carpenters (amateur or otherwise) and kittens in the family, may I suggest: motorized measuring tape. Dad is particularly delighted by this because it should simplify his carpentry work, both in measuring and in calculating based on those measurements; plus, it's motorized. And the cat hasn't seen anything so exciting as a tape measure that moves by itself since, well, yesterday. She's a very interested kitten.
At the mall I noticed we'd overlooked something for Dad, too, namely, a calendar which he could enjoy and in some subtle way aggravate Mom. (Minor mutual aggravations are a key part of their successful marriage.) They were out of the oddball-obituary-of-the-day, natural-disaster-of-the-day, and such, although I think the miniature-paper-airplane-of-the-day calendar should be good.
I'd forgotten to mention what I received, beyond gafennec's gift of very sweet food. The most engaging thing is from my sister and her boyfriend; it's a metal plate ``Rocky and Bullwinkle For Hire'' poster, one ``purposely produced with flaws unique to each individual sign'', according to a sticker which threatens to cross that thin line separating the merely redundant from the obsequious cringing. The sticker also claims it's ``Great for Decorating!'', and I agree, although I'm particularly looking forward to what an A3-size sheet of metal in my luggage does for the Luggage Inspection and Nail Clipper Theft Unit at the airport.
I did watch the final broadcast-TV Monday Night Football, though more for the historical value since I love old graphic design and such. I was a bit put off by the interviews with old-timers pointing out how revolutionary the show was ... all right, before 1971 nobody had imagined the possibility of football outside high school Friday, college Saturday, professional Sunday; but what about the technical details of the production was different from a Sunday game? A pop culture milestone I'll grant, but revolutionary?
Trivia: In 1864 the (London) Metropolitan Railway Company carried nearly 12 million passengers on its four-mile length. Source: London: A History, Francis Sheppard.
Currently Reading: Entertainment for Angels: Electricity in the Enlightenment, Patricia Fara.