Palindrome dates!

“It’s 3/13/13” my wonderful new office mate said today.

“Hey!  That’s an anagram date!  ….is that right?  Is anagram the term for things that are the same forwards as backwards?”  I replied.

Nope. Actually it’s called a palindrome and only if we ignore the 0, which we will for excitement’s sake. Palindrome, Jackie, palindrome. 3-13-13 which is  31-31-3 which is something to remark about.  So here we are.  Remarking.

Things I like, by Jackie Perry: palindrome dates.  What can be more wonderful than something as uniform as a palindrome?  No matter how you look at it, it’s always comfortingly the same. Constant and reassuring. It’s the visual version of your grandmother’s egg salad, your mom’s chili or your uncle’s Christmas tree.

I Palindrome I

The timing of this particular palindrome date could not be better!  Right before Pi Day.  What a wonderful world indeed!  Tonight I made a strawberry pi in my new pi plate which I will share with my coworkers tomorrow.  Or at least those quick enough to snag a piece.

Bye, bye Miss (Strawberry) Pie.

Bye, bye Miss (Strawberry) Pie.

Merry early Pi Day!


OK, OK, I know I’m a little late to this party.  One might argue: fashionably late?  Wikipedia tells me Skype made it’s debut in 2003.  For those of you who aren’t good with the numbers, that’s 10 years ago.  Hey, I’ve never claimed to be hip to, or welcoming of, technology.

I’m kind of ashamed to admit that.  My birth certificate indicates that I’m 30 but perhaps I act more like I’m 86.

Little old lady from Pasadena.

Truthfully, I suppose I’ve just been lucky in that I’ve not really needed an account until now.  A good friend of mine moved to St Louis and I wanted to see her family’s faces while we spoke.  So, Skype and I became good friends.  

Just last week, I created an account and announced my triumph on Facebook, as is required.  I took this photo to showcase my good looks.


Yesterday I participated in my very first Skype call!  Yes that’s right!  One step closer to modernity.  Soon you’ll see me with a smart phone, I’m sure.  I think that’s how this sort of evolution works.  

The message popped up saying that Silviya was calling and I hit the answer button with excitement.  And I’m talking real excitement; none of that mamsy pamsy soft clicking, no sir!  I’m talking about a loud smack of my finger on the left mouse button! Immediately I saw her smiling face and heard her say, “Do you have a video camera or do we just get to see this lovely photo?”

Thanks, Skype, for that learning-on-the-fly experience!  Thank goodness my husband was here to instruct me on how to activate the camera.

All in a day’s work for this engineer. …. no really, my degrees actually say that I am an engineer.

Happy 2013, ya’ll.