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A) WordPress got kind of fancy, no? Or at least the editing page underwent a slight metamorphasis. This shall be explored greatly, Friends.

B) I watched Magnolia last night in quite wonderful company. And aside from forgetting that the movie was 3+ hours long, its roots have carried through making today a most interesting one to live through. I’m not expecting frogs or anything, though I believe in the next few days we are expecting an 82% chance of rain. Exodus?

C) Matt found this website today and for any and all ex, current, future baristas, it sounds like it could potentially be an excellent idea.

D) Spaceweather.com informs us of two very important events, Cadets:

When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look west.  Weather permitting you’ll see a slender equinox crescent Moon hanging above the rosy glow of sunset.  Framed by the cobalt blue of early evening, the Moon reveals its “da Vinci glow” or Earthshine, a pale impression of the full Moon inside the vivid crescent–a beautiful sight.

Consider it an appetizer for Tuesday. On April 8th, the still-slender crescent passes almost directly in front of the Pleiades star cluster.  Also known as the Seven Sisters, the dipper-shaped Pleiades are visible to the naked eye even from urban areas and they look wonderful through binoculars.  Tuesday evening’s delicate conjunction of Luna and the Seven Sisters should not be missed.

Eyes to the skies, Kiddos.

E) I seem to posess an insatiable craving for Matar Paneer.

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I’m big on packing my own lunch for work. It’s cheaper, easier and I almost always get what I want. Granted, it gets boring (crackers, apple, PB&J) it always has a way of leaving me satisfied.

 The Museum Center has a typical museum food court going on. The one corporate sponsor (Pizza Hut) and then the sandwiches, fried foods, burgers and salads which many of my co-workers partake in on a daily basis. Hence a major reason that I won’t touch the stuff, some of it just looks downright nasty. But last week, at a staff lunch, my boss had a salad that looked amazing. Now, there are few things in life that I love more than a good salad. Crasins? Apples? Feta? MIXED GREENS?!?! I’m all about it, so imagine my surprise at the mixed greens, crasins, feta, apple and grilled chicken salad I saw in the dining area today. It had to be mine. So I bought my salad and out of lack of a balsamic vinaigrette (my favorite dressing), I went for the raspberry vinaigrette which I had never had before.

And I will never.

Have.

Again.

The dressing tasted like vomit. Totally sickening and awful. And it didn’t help that it covered what tasted like rancid feta cheese, wilted lettuce, weird dried apple things and crasins that you couldn’t taste because they were covered in raspberry vomitgrette dressing.

And that wasn’t chicken.

And now I don’t feel so well.

In other museum news, today I was in the Trading Post and a little loquacious young lady came in and was telling me ALL about her rock collection. And I guess I kept saying “Cool” a lot because she paused her story, looked at me and said “You say ‘cool’ a lot.”

So I guess it’s time to retire “cool” from my vocabulary. Kosher? 

Here at the museum we have a great little area called Nature’s Trading Post. It’s a really cool area where kids can bring in things they find out in nature (leaves, rocks, fossils, etc.) and the more they can tell us about the item, the more points they get. They can use these points to “trade” for things at the store like fossils and minerals. It’s a huge hit. It’s also one area of our museum where visitors can touch 99.9% of what they see. That being said, there are a significant amount of items in the Trading Post that are not for sale and are property of the museum.

This morning I was in Nature’s Trading Post and a young boy probably around four asked me what something was. I told him that it was a piece of fossilized coral. He then asked if he could have it and I said, “No, I’m sorry, that’s the museum’s piece.” He then proceeded to sneak to the other side of the room and put the piece of fossilized coral in his pocket Half angry, but mostly in shock, I sat there and watched the kid walk out of Nature’s Trading Post with the coral in his pocket. I mean, really, I didn’t know what I could do and by the time I thought of what I should have done, it was far too late. I couldn’t believe what I had just seen.

Well, well, well! Karma’s a B, my little thieving and conspiring little friend!

Our little Sticky Fingers McGee left behind his Transformer/Alien/Robot toy. And I don’t know if this was a showing of good faith that he was trading that for the fossil, but in any event, it has absolutely no scientific value and therefore receives a point value of zero. You win nothing. Good day, sir!  

And so long as we have illegal trading practices being carried out by such individuals, Alien Prime is officially a POW at my desk and I DO NOT negotiate with NTP Terrorists.

The Hall of Justice:  

The Cincinnati Museum Center, where I work:

While my Halloween at work has become unexpectedly very busy, I wanted to stop in and make sure that you’re all having the most excellent of excellent Halloweens!

For some Halloween fun, might I suggest:

Also! I’ve posted my D.C. and Scranton photos on my Flickr page! Captions coming soon! Check ’em out!

There’s a little boy in my class named Clayton who is three years old.

Today, after I told Clayton that I had a brother with the same name, he looked me in the eye and informed me that he was going to smash my brother with a hammer.