We *may* have spent part of the day yesterday (when the ice giant Ymir visited Albany and bedecked the land with a frosty dollop, leaving us trapped inside, huddling together for warmth) unwrapping Christmas presents early. We did this because (a) it doesn’t make much sense to drag everything down with us to Rhode Island, where we’ll be spending “calendrical Christmas,” just to have to port it back with us; (b) Pru had already partially unwrapped most of the presents, anyway; and (c) I have very poor impulse control. Photos of our premature Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/Saturnalia can be found here.
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Halloween has come and gone, and Dwyeropolis is still laden-down with sweet, sweet candy. We may have slightly overestimated the number of trick-or-treaters who would brighten (or darken?) our lintel. And by “slightly”, I mean “by an order of magnitude”. So, the bleak loneliness of my existence has been laid bare. But on the plus side, more candy corn for me! I suppose that what you’re actually interested in is pictures of the Pru-bear in her Halloween costume, rather than my Werner Herzog-esque whining about the endless dissappointments that life brings our way. And so, without da further a-do: (more…)
In an hour or so, we’re off for Albany, to check out our new apartment and store some stuff (old baby clothes, etc) that we won’t need for the next few weeks. If y’all are very, very good, there may be some pictures in it for you. In the meantime, a very happy Venezuelan Independence Day to you all!
As today is Father’s Day, I will provide an interesting piece of patriarchal trivia: Did you know that Ronald Reagan was the last U.S. president to not be named after either his father or his grandfather?
George H. W. Bush was named after his maternal grandfather, George Herbert Walker.
William Jefferson Clinton was named after his birth father, William Jefferson Blythe, Jr.
George W. Bush, though not a junior, was clearly named after his father, George H. W. Bush.
(Reagan is also the last president whose father doesn’t have his own Wikipedia page. Coincidence?)
Interestingly, this trend will almost certainly continue through 2008, since both major-party candidates (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. and John Sidney McCain III) and the leading minor-party candidate (Robert Laurence Barr, Jr.) are all named after their fathers. If you’re interested in breaking the trend, note that neither Ralph Nader or Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin are juniors. (I wasn’t able to determine whether they’re named after their respective grandfathers.)
Since all you really come here for are cute baby pix, I have included a picture of Pru decked out in her Flag Day best after the break.