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Monday, March 15, 2010
Dessert First, with Romance
This weekend there was Pi. And Pie. And Pie. And an opportunity to help an American soldier in Afghanistan win the heart of a Russian women with literary taste.
Long-time readers already know that I sometimes disappear into my work (as opposed to my blogging) and fail to come up for air for a week or two or three at a time. That's how it's been lately, which is not to say there's been nothing to blog about. We need to talk soon about Republican candidates in Utah's Second Congressional District (potential opponents for Congressman Jim Matheson), as well as some developments in the current US Senate race. Perhaps we should also ponder together the utter absurdity we're seeing in the US House of Representatives, including a now-frustrated attempt to declare a bill passed without an actual vote on the actual bill, and Speaker Pelosi's argument that one of the reasons to pass the health care bill is to find out what's in it. I also need to introduce you to an interesting, not altogether political development in American Fork. All of that is important, and most or all of it is coming soon.
But the governing principle of this particular blog post is: dessert first. I like veggies well enough, too, not to mention the flesh of beasts, but let's talk about the fun stuff first, okay?
First of all, yesterday was Pi Day, March 14 (3/14). There was chicken pot pie and lemon meringue pie at my house yesterday, garnished with ample geeky talk of circles and irrational constants. Now I'm thinking, maybe we need "e" Day, which would be nestled comfortably between Groundhog Day and Valentine's Day, on February 7.
Next, I received an e-mail message yesterday from a friend in Michigan. He was sending me his new phone number, along with an explanation that he and his wife have surrendered their cell phones.
Several questions come to mind, but I won't sport with your patience by listing them.
Finally, I received a message on Facebook Saturday from someone I never met, and of whom I never heard. He introduced himself as a soldier; apparently he is currently in Afghanistan. He says he's from West Jordan, Utah. He's trying to win the heart of a Russian girl, and he just needs to use my bank account temporarily to transfer some funds . . . No, wait, that's the Nigerian who e-mailed me for the 278th time on Friday. This soldier seems legit, and he's not asking for money.
Where do I fit in? Well, someone he knows told him I might be able to help. You see, according to our soldier, this Valentina (I imagine a classic Russian beauty) told him she'll go out with him if he can tell her about her favorite author, Chingiz Aitmatov. Can I help with some information?
Ahem. My thoughts include these:
What would you do?
I sent him a few paragraphs about Chingiz Aitmatov. I told him I'm fond of one of Aitmatov's novels, И дольше века длится день [The Day Lasts Longer than a Hundred Years], and that Aitmatov's Jamilia has been called the world's most beautiful love story. (If the Russian there doesn't work for you, switch your character encoding to UTF-8.)
You may wonder, did all this cost me any money? Yes. I just ordered Jamilia in an English translation from Amazon, for $3.95 plus shipping. It's for me, not our soldier.
In the meantime, I've started rereading The Day Lasts Longer than a Hundred Years. It's a gem.
That's dessert, such as it is. The rest of the meal is forthcoming.
Carla Carpenter Elliott comments (3/16/2010 via Facebook):
"And what type of food would one celebrate e Day with?"
David Rodeback comments (3/19/2010):
Roast bEEf, pEas and other veggiEs, some sort of chEEse, your choice of dEssert, probably including ice crEam.
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