April 12th, 2016

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And you'll find that you're in the rotogravure

Besides eggs and letterboxing the weekend with bunny_hugger's parents was a good chance to spend time just hanging out with them. We made another attempt at our Mice and Mystics game and once more failed at the chapter we're on. That time we failed rapidly and due, I'd say, to a bad random-chance encounter card that left our party with an overwhelming disadvantage. We made another try and while we got farther, and had better luck with the encounters, we still failed. We're going to go back and try again but we're still working out just how to play this game effectively.

This was the first time bunny_hugger's parents had seen our pet rabbit since New Year's. They could see that he's gotten worse since then. Mostly, he keeps losing traction as his right foot buckles under him. But they also saw how he was still energetic and interested, particularly as he hopped out to shuffle into the kitchen. He was disappointed, apparently, that he couldn't sprawl in front of the sliding glass door. They've moved the refrigerator there temporarily while they stripped the old, vintage-grocers-shelves wallpaper from that corner and repainted the area. But he was able to get out and surprise us a couple times by coming over, sniffing around cardboard boxes, and heading back before we might catch him.

We also watched It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown, on a DVD bought at the Video To Go closeout sale. If you haven't watched It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown in a while you might have forgotten some of the details of it. In fact, nearly all the details. It's surprisingly slipshod. The joke about the department store having Christmas displays up in April is still nice and punchy, and Woodstock's bachelor-pad nest looks great. But ... like ... why is Marcie suddenly the stupid one in the matter of boiling eggs? Why is Linus going on about the Easter Beagle in a blurry photocopy of the Great Pumpkin storyline so obvious that Sally finally gets around to asking him about it? Is Charlie Brown even in this special at all? (Not really.) It's obvious why minor affairs like It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown or You're In The Super Bowl, Charlie Brown might be inherently misguided cartoons. But this?

Trivia: The original Waldorf Hotel opened the 14th of March, 1893, a depression year. One Sunday the hotel had forty guests and 970 employees. Source: The Epic of New York City: A Narrative History, Edward Robb Ellis.

Currently Reading: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach.

PS: A Leap Day 2016 Mathematics A To Z: Surjective Map, taking another request!