Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
January 2021
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Know time; like the present

I arrived home today to find a curious container hanging from my doorbell.

I had been expecting something this afternoon, as a couple of text messages from my friend Maybelline (the one who made a screenprint of icons capturing my silly little “Dramatis Persona” quote) had suggested that she was hatching plans … but I had no idea what she was incubating.

I opened the container, and inside was a Christmas card, with a nice message … and a set of latitude and longitude values.

I grinned, plugged the coordinates into my GPSr and went for a short drive that ended up at a peaceful little park in Kensington. A little following of the arrow, some careful rummaging under a bush, and a tell-tale camouflaged Sistema container was revealed. I opened the cache to find a gift-wrapped package, and then, by the simple expedient of tearing off the paper, my curiosity was assuaged … and I just about fell about laughing with delight.

Inside was a clock, as shown at right, with the hours marked by various appropriate mathematical expressions (purists who can’t eliminate the negative solution to the quadratic are being churlish).

Brilliant. Maybelline, you are amazing.

I may well be pushed for space in the new office when we finally move, but there will be room for this.

4 comments to Know time; like the present

  • Maybelline

    Again, I’m very pleased that you found it – before it was muggled – and that you like it!

    I always like the idea of a gift being about the giving. I love finding that ‘something’ that screams to me of the intended victim. And imagining the recipients reaction…

    This certainly ticked all those boxes! Initally with just the clock idea. But when I came up with the cache component, I think it earnt its place in the ‘slightly mad activities’ category!!! haha

    I only wish I’d been able to be a fly-on-the-gps for this one!

    A very happy christmas to you Helen!
    From your ever-so-slightly mad friend,

  • looking from over the pond

    Quick get the police….Some one graffitied and defaced your clock.


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