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Sunday, December 16th, 2007

Time Event
Hindsight wisdom
I wanted to see if the gushingly described engaged couple in my 1992 magazine were still married, but there was nothing under the uncommon maiden name, and the married name was too common.

I was able to check TV Guide's predicted "best battles" of the 2000 Sydney Olympics: out of the 5 listed, 2 finished 1 and 2, 2 more finished 1 and 3, and the last finished 1 and 27. But further research showed the 27th place athlete had to drop out of the heptathlon after 5 events due to injury. So pretty good.

Either someone said this recently or I read it: Chinese teacups have no handles because if the cup is too hot to touch, the tea is too hot to drink. Makes a lot of sense in this era of hot-cup lawsuits.
The weather outside is frightful
Yesterday was allegedly the biggest day of the year for holiday parties. This must be true, since I was invited to two, and I never go anywhere. I could only fit one in, and this was the getting-to-be-annual event at J&J's directly across town. L had an even easier commute of 2 (with 10-second walk outside) or 3 (all indoors) elevators.

As always the hosts were gracious and I had lots of vegetables (and a little cheese) to fill up on before the pizza (and salad) arrived. It was unusual varieties of thin crust - I tried four-cheese white, mushroom, and salamino which was NOT made of ponies. There was also caffeine-free diet Coke and fruit so I could drink and have dessert. The others had cookies - both home-baked and messengered from Zabars thanks to J from Miami who couldn't be there.

I brought board games but we didn't have a chance to play. We did M's "add letters to NORMA" puzzle given definitions of the original and expanded word/phrase, where I saw "Paper Moon" (NORMA + POPE) and talked about how I was just reading about it in a book about '70s movies I'll report on when I finish. Except I confused it with "The Last Picture Show."

There was also a game to guess two related movies linked in a row, like TRCAFAFRISC (TRAFFIC + CARS), which was easy to wrongly assume was "Traffic" and "Crash." As this was handed out, I got into a discussion with B of contact lenses and bifocal vision as they relate to puzzles, so missed solving most of these.

Another game had names of comedians with blobs instead of letters, that differed depending on how the letter looked. Some jumped out (George Carlin has a distinctive shape), while Eddie Murphy took a lot longer. There was no hysteria approaching last year's Ugandan national anthem, which had to be explained and demonstrated (click-gulp-click) to those who weren't there.

N had a 6 a.m. limo for a flight this morning and kept trying to leave for his long trip home, only to stay about 2 hours more than he anticipated. That's known as a "Jewish goodbye." Hope he got out in today's bad weather.

As the calendar heads toward the actual holidays, events dry up as people travel and do things with family. I always feel pleasantly removed from all the hoopla. Today was a good day to hole up.

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