January 1st, 2021

krazy koati

All you need is love, love

Happy new year, dear bunny_hugger. Here's hoping that 2021 is more the sort of year we'd imagine.

And with that, I take my first look for the new year at my humor blog's last week of the old and unlamented:

That done, let's close out the November 2019 visit to Bronner's. Plus a little extra bit that isn't big enough to stand on its own.

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Ah yes ... the two genders.


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Bronner's is stuffed enough with things that you forget sometimes the value in looking up, too.


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They have a display of currency from around the world. Singapore hasn't printed a one-dollar note since 1999, and I believe this one is from the 1967-76 ``Orchid Series'' notes.


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Some pre-Euro bills, too. Why, I can't think of the last time I even saw a Belguim note. (Seems to be the 1995-2001 issue.)


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A last look inside Bronner's, with the illuminated reindeer and a chair for you to play Santa. ... Plausibly they have Santa regularly, when he's on break from eating at the cafe, but this wasn't one of them.


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Bronner's sells those great illuminations and of course shows them off, too.


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Another Santa statue outside and welcoming you to the place.


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A rocking-horse reindeer figure with a setup that you'd think wouldn't make sense, but the animation does work. People are funny about motion.


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Afterwards we went to Cheese Haus, so we could get some nice samples and buy some Haus for ourselves. Here's their mouse sculpture outside.


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Cheese Haus recently moved to a new and larger location. Here's what it looks like now that there's the room for people to move in more than a one-way path.


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And now let's leap into a pinball league night. bunny_hugger runs a small yet hotly contested side tournament each week, with cheap Michaels-craft-project medals to give the two winners. This was one of those weeks when she didn't have time to make a medal and it fell to me instead --- it's literally just printing out a sheet of paper and coloring it --- but I like what I did with the colored markers here.


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A ridiculously close score on Iron Maiden. Also a strikingly low one, considering that this was league Finals night; Iron Maiden is a game where beating 100 million is pretty routine.


Trivia: The thirteenth month in the Ancient Egyptian calendar, added when necessary, was Thoth. Source: Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.

Currently Reading: The Best of Archie Comics, 80th Anniversary Edition, Volume 1. Editor not at all clear from the front matter.