austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Yes, we're going to a party party

Among other things this week was bunny_hugger's parents' birthdays. They're pretty organized, having birthdays one after the other. My family organized things the other way, one birthday per month for a six-month stretch (including a string of September 26, October 27, and November 28). Her parents came up to visit us on one of the non-class days, so that we could spend some time together and go out to dinner. They professed not to want presents, though bunny_hugger got a few little things --- flowers, digestive cookies --- and I gave cards, and they professed to be happy about that. (They also brought a last Christmas present --- a Prince Valiant book I'd had on my wishlist proved to be unattainable by Amazon, so they went to a substitute item, as if they needed to be more generous than they've already been.)

And we went to dinner, at an Italian restaurant which claims to be the oldest restaurant in Lansing. This is an interesting claim since the Kewpie Restaurant also claims to be the oldest restaurant in Lansing. The menus at the Italian place make the more modest claim that it's the oldest restaurant still owned by the same family in Lansing; I haven't been back to the Kewpie Restaurant to see just how they might qualify theirs.

Trivia: The 1904 purchase of the French Company's holdings in Panama, for the Canal, prompted the United States Treasury to issue a warrant for $40,000,000 to ``J.Pierpont Morgan & Company, New York City, Special Dispensing Agent''. This was the largest treasury warrant yet issued by the United States government; the previous record-holder having been the $7,200,000 paid to Russia for Alaska in 1867. Source: The Path Between The Seas: The Creation Of The Panama Canal: 1870 - 1914, David McCullough.

Currently Reading: Michigan: A History Of The Great Lakes State, Bruce A Rubenstein, Lawrence E Ziewacz.


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