Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine

November 20, 2001

I have a lot less hair than I did for my last entry. I probably lost five pounds.

Received word today that I have a newly-arrived first cousin, once removed. I should explain just a touch-my family is very small in my generation: on my mother's side, there are my two cousins (sisters, one older than I, one younger) and I. On my father's side, there's just me. Anyway, my elder cousin got married last year. My younger cousin has a steady boyfriend.

Anyway, M told me that I have a new first cousin once removed tonight (actually, as of 11/4), and I responded with some small bit of joy for my elder cousin and her husband.

Except-you guessed it!-it wasn't her. The slight eccentricity in Earth's orbit that astronomers and geologists are noticing right now is being caused by the rotation of my grandparents in their graves.

Interesting, M and I had similar but diametrically opposed thoughts on the subject: she said "this is what happens when you don't take your kids to church" (I should point out now that of the three of us in my generation, I am, by a long sea mile, the one who was raised with the highest concentration of religiosity). On the other hand, my thought was "Wow. Apparently she was just Catholic enough…."

Another point is that my uncle, my cousins' father, is a deer hunter and probably could, if he so desired, force my cousin and her boyfriend into a literal shotgun marriage.

I hope none of this sounds (too much) like I'm casting aspersions or value judgments at anyone involved. It's not my intent.

In any case, welcome to the world, Dawn Tangia (please note that "Tangia" is her middle name, not her surname). We are richer for your presence.

An addendum to last night's bit on 100,000 factorial: I mentioned that it's 456,574 digits long. In single-spaced 12-point Times New Roman, that's over 110 pages.

Today's Link Of The Day is The Annotated Dennis Miller. It's kind of odd-I love football, I like, Dennis Miller, but he doesn't do a hell of a lot for me in the Monday Night Football booth. I don't think he's terrible (as so many do) but…he's hit-or-miss, let's put it that way. The Annotated Dennis Miller appears on ESPN's website every week after the Monday Night game. It attempts to explain some of Dennis's more obscure, esoteric references (and they manage to have some fun along the way). http://msn.espn.go.com/abcsports/mnf/s/annotatedmiller/index.html

11/21/2001 4:05 AM

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