January 4th, 2013

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Poem for Friday, Frederick Animals, The Devil's Arithmetic

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Thursday was mostly a work and chore day -- folding laundry, watching this week's Deep Space Nine review episode, taking Daniel out to get bagels which of course we gleefully ate for lunch when we got back. I had a brief scare when the low-pressure tire light came on driving back from Bagel City, but then it went off again and there was no hissing so we're assuming that there's just pressure differential between the new tire and the old tire that the car can detect. At least, that's what the Toyota people told us was probably going on, as long as the tire pressure was reading normally for all four tires.

I watched The Devil's Arithmetic with Adam while folding laundry, a movie I've only seen once before and that was many years ago. I usually really dislike Holocaust movies but this one has two actresses I like, Louise Fletcher and Kirsten Dunst, and it doesn't get histrionic trying to illustrate every single horror perpetrated by the Nazis -- it's made for teenagers and focuses on the destruction of a single shtetl in Poland with which the main character, an out-of-time apathetic American Jewish teenager, has a personal connection. I did not notice this the last time I watched it, but the Nazi movement is never once referred to as being German in origin; instead we are told repeatedly that the Poles will not help the Jews.

We had a Mexican version of Shepherd's pie for dinner along with Tostitos, though we did not realize until later that this was in honor of the Tostito Bowl, which we only half-watched since it got turned off in favor of Elementary for an hour (good episode, it did start with a murder but the bulk of the story was not about admiring an elusive killer). Now we have the game back on and are hoping Oregon holds their lead. Here are photos of animals we saw during the Frederick Museums by Candlelight tour a couple of weeks ago:

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