A basketful of Easter joy
I did not wake up for it, what with there being an urgent need for me to sleep in --- I was having a curious dream about riding a bus to somewhere in Philadelphia, possibly for a Cinematic Titanic show, along with spaceroo and some folks from the student newspaper I was on as an undergraduate, talking about stuff like why some pairs of seats face each other (we were working on some theory about police needing to somehow transport handcuffed people, which seemed so ridiculous to me that I couldn't begin to protest), and whether I might start rooming with a guy I'm pretty sure was news editor but whose name I could not place even in my dream --- but Sunday was, by the schedule, my niece's first full Easter.
If the pictures my brother posted from his Blackberry to Flicker are any guide, she's very happy with it all, and she was drawn naturally to eating the ears off her chocolate bunny first. I'm of the save-the-best-for-last school. I'll have to see about influencing her. She also got to have what might be her first White Castle milkshake, or at least sips from it. It's possible she's had others --- one of the criteria for house-buying on my brother's part was a White Castle nearby, and it's actually within walking range if the temperature is nice --- but I haven't seen photographic proof of that.
I have seen photographic proof that she's having a lot of fun with the toy phones she's been given over the past year, including a new ... uh ... this Chinese figure who looks a lot like Dora The Explorer ... phone. She's often taken to holding one to her ear while typing the buttons on the other, stunningly like her father. It's adorable.
Trivia: The lone rule from Alexander Cartwright's ``original'' rules of baseball which has not altered is that the bases are 90 feet apart. Source: The Rules of Baseball: An Anecdotal Look at the Rules of Baseball and How They Came To Be, David Nemec. (Please note that calling Alexander Cartwright's rules the original rules of baseball, or even attributing them to Alexander Cartwright, is oversimplifying a complex phenomenon to the point of being wrong, and I do it only because you know what I mean without endnotes like this.)
Currently Reading: Isaac's Storm: A Man, A Time, And The Deadliest Hurricane In History, Erik Larson.