March 10 Day 367: An Afternoon in the Sun

Mostly I leave the house for three reasons:

  1. To go for walks or make Math Around Town recordings;
  2. To pick up take-out food; or
  3. To shop for house and food supplies.

There are some days when I barely leave the second floor, let alone actually go outside. Today was different as I attended to long overdue errands. It was 52 degrees. The sky was blue. And the sunshine was warm on my face. I was away from the house for more than three hours.

  • I went to a Licensing Office to get a new title for our Subaru. We paid off the car loan back in September, so it was long overdue.
  • I went to the Verizon store and finally upgraded my iPhone. I’ve been thinking about it for awhile. Now I am the proud owner of an iPhone 12 with its fancy camera. I can’t wait to try it out on the next walk. My husband is jealous. (My old iPhone is a 6S and had very little trade-in value. So I kept it to serve as an alternate webcam/document camera/ video streaming device.)
  • I tried to have the Impala serviced since the CHANGE OIL SOON warning was on. After checking the oil and the mileage, the kind mechanic just reset the warning indicator. Apparently I still have another 6000 miles to go (even though it has been 18 months since the previous service.) I suppose that means we drove this car only 167 miles/month on average including last summer when our college aged son was driving it to his Amazon warehouse job near the airport.
  • I decided to look on campus for Pi-s from last year’s aborted Pi Day celebration. Facebook reminded me that at least three Pi-s remained unclaimed a year ago today. At the conclusion of the other errands, I made a quick trip to UWT and I can confirm that the copper Pi and the silver Pi are gone. I hope they found good homes. I could not get into the classroom building where the green one was hidden. I am still holding out hope that it remains.

It was not quite the unreal experience of June 15 Day 99: Surreal Shopping. I was still wearing a mask and having to wait outside stores until an assistant was ready for me. It felt more normal and less pandemic dystopia—but still strange.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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