Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This is a good example of my favorite rule of statutory construction, expressio unis est exclusio alterius. Roughly translated, it means that the expression of one thing, or class of things, in a statute excludes the things not listed.
The sign here says no bicycles, rollerblades, skates, skateboards or scooters, but it fails to forbid unicycles. Unicycles must therefore be allowed inasmuch as the statute's drafters could have easily included unicycles if they had chosen to forbid them as well.
Well played, unicycle dude, well played.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Benton's bacon and some eggs for breakfast.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
This seal was quite playful.
Friday, March 27, 2015
busted toilet on one of its aircraft carriers. Rather than dump it overboard, they bombed some commies in Viet Nam with it. Above is a photograph showing the unusual payload under the wing of a Douglas A-1 Skyraider.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Gilgamesh -- A New English Translation by Stephen Mitchell from our local library. I was somewhat familiar with the story, but had never actually read, or in this case heard, the whole thing before. It was written about 1700 BC, but only discovered in modern times in 1853. It is accompanied by an essay about the story by Mr. Mitchell. It is definitely not kid friendly.
Sarah is anxious about the triceratops lurking behind her.
Ledo Pizza, a local favorite. Pictured from left to right are my cousins David, George, Andrew and Andrea, George's daughter.
Aunt Joan and Sherry take a spin through a photo album. We had a great evening, and are looking forward to seeing our kinfolk again this summer at our next family reunion in West Jefferson, North Carolina.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Pirate Fluxx, a card game that requires one to talk like a pirate at various points during the game. Arrrgh!
After dinner discussion ensues in the Albamonte dining hall.
Andrew and Sarah consult the computer.
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Wright Brothers Airplane
Sarah tried on a lot of hats in various gift stores during our visit.
As a kid I was fascinated by the Apollo space program, and probably a little worried about what I later knew as the Cold War. I remember asking my parents why the Russians hated us, and wondering if they were normal people that loved their families like we do. Perhaps that is why I was particularly interested in the Apollo-Soyuz space mission. The astronauts and cosmonauts docked their respective vehicles in space, a feat never accomplished before. It was a hopeful moment in history.
Andrew, Sherry and Sarah pose in front of a lunar lander.