On the bus
Tonight, I rode the bus home from the University. On the opposite side of the aisle sat a mother with her six-year-old daughter, who – judging by her brand new satchel – was in first grade. The mother looked a bit tired, and she just sat there and looked out of the window while the daughter was browsing through her satchel. She came up with a Pokémon comic book and begged her mom to read it for her. Judging by their accent, they were Americans.
|Daughter:||“Mom, read it to me!”|
|Mother:||“No. I don’t want to read on the bus. I get a headache.”|
|Daughter:||“Aw, Mom, read it!”|
|Mother:||“No. It’s all in German anyway.”|
|Daughter:||“Mom, read it!”|
|Mother:||“Just look at the pictures.”|
The daughter looked at the pictures for a while, than handed it to her mother and asked what was going on in the story.
||“There’s this blue thing, and then there’s a purple thing, and there’s some stuff happening.”|
She hands it back to her daughter, who continues to look at the picture in the book.
Next to them sat an older lady, at least 80 years old. She asked someone if they could please close the little window in the bus because she was cold. The mother closed the other window so the poor woman didn’t have to freeze any more. The daughter however, who was wearing just a t-shirt, was not freezing.
|Daughter:||“Mom, open the window!”|
|Daugher:||“Mom, open it!”|
|Mother:||“Because Germans’d rather stink.”|
At this point, I could hardly keep a straight face.
|Mother:||“No, they’d rather stink than have fresh air.”|
|Mother:||“They’d rather stink.”|
|Daughter:||“Open the window, you butt!!”|
The mother opened the window.
The man sitting opposite me raised his eyebrows and grinned, shaking his head, and I grinned back.
When mother and daughter got off at the next stop, the man said to me: “I bet she had a hard day!”
Craig has lots of interesting and usefull stuff, as always. How come I totally missed his flipping yesterday? I just went there and found two new days. Hmmm…
Thanks for the link to the Cornell University Library Math Book Collection:
“The Cornell University Math Collection consists of 571 books that were scanned from originals held by the Cornell University Library. All books disbound and all pages scanned.”
I’ll check it out!
And I love Sherlock Holmes. Must have a look at Sherlock Holmes on the web tonight, when I have more time…
Look at today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day! It features the solar coronal loops from the CNN article from yesterday.
And once more, I have to thank Daniel for pointing it out to me. By the way, he’s a expert in this field; he’s working on his PhD in Astronomy at the Max-Planch-Institut in Heidelberg.