June 18th, 2020

krazy koati

Sleigh bells ring; are you listening

I have, at long last, begun My All 2020 Mathematics A to Z: Michael Atiyah is the first topic! And in a sequence for which I hoped to reduce my writing burdens I started out with something 1800 words long. Good grief. I'm sure next week's will be better.


How did we see in November 2018? With a new tradition, for one: the visit to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland for bunny_hugger's birthday. Her parents chose not to come with us, disappointing, but it did mean we felt free to just hang out all day and get a lunch at the snack bar instead of a real restaurant meal.

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Angelic statues set up on some of the storefront windows. From the placement I guess these are hidden behind the long row of cash registers? I'm not positive; the geography of the place is still something I'm learning.


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And here's .. not quite the entrance, but an important piece of the western facade. I'm certain if you want a serious nativity scene like this they can set you up.


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Waiting room for Bronner's, set up with a TV for people who didn't want to go tromping around looking at all the Christmas stuff in the world. We were there on a Monday, as it was bunny_hugger's birthday, so that's why there wasn't a Lions game on and there weren't a bunch of husbands watching the Lions play.


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A typical shelf of decorations at just the right angle to make the ornaments look like a rendering error.


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I rather like this ornament's idea of Christmas coming in a spray can.


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They've got some Father Christmas stuff, and some Santas representing traditions outside the Western-slash-Rankin/Bass canon.


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Shiny Christmas raccoon invites you to let them use your stocking!


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Mice! They have so many Christmas mice for you, too.


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Yeah so if you need a guinea pig Christmas ornament they've got you covere. Also if you want to profess your love of your guinea pig, and put their name on the bulb.


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They're not short on otters if you want them hanging from trees. No ``I love my otter [ name ]'' bulbs, though.


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Arctic hare is totally not judging your choice of tree decoration!


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So they have a string of marshmallow-themed ornaments, including this mershmallow and I don't understand it or much of anything anymore sorry.


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This Eiffel Tower figure stands in the midst of their ornaments themed to countries of the world.


Trivia: (United States) federal legislation in 1838 required the inspection of steamboat boilers by independent agents, but it gave no inspection criteria for boilers to meet. Source: Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering, Henry Petroski.

Currently Reading: Of All Things, Robert Benchley.