Hamburgers and Philosophy

With Claire off at a camp, I had Molly to myself tonight. We stopped by Wataburger at her special request and took it for a picnic on the way home.

At the Whataburger, Molly launched two riddles at me.

The first was “Are there more wheels or doors?” I asked, “Do you mean, like, in the whole world?”. “Yep!” she said.

Looking out at the parking lot and street, I initially said, “It’s got to be wheels.” But Molly pointed out that while every car has four wheels, it has four doors too. And the office building across the streets easily had hundreds of doors. And cabinets. Also, something about legos. 🤷🏻‍♂️

I was convinced. Doors it is!

At the park, Molly asked if water is wet.

Again, my initial instinct was wrong. 😆. “Of course it’s wet. It’s water.” After some discussion and demonstrations on the picnic table and sidewalk, we decided that water is not wet because “wet” describes a liquid sticking to a solid. Since water is already a liquid, it cannot be wet.

We googled it and found that “Liquid water is not itself wet, but can make other solid materials wet.” 🤯

Finally, I attempted to “get” Molly with the Dichotomy Paradox, which basically says that in theory, you can never walk from one point to another because no matter how far you go, you always still have halfway to go. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Real-world experiments showed that this is obviously false in the real world but true in math. Hmm. 🤔

Anyways, it was fun goofing around talking philosophical 💩 with Molly on this beautiful spring evening.

Swimming on SoCo

Today was our first real swim since before the goddamn pandemic hit.

We’re easing our way back to “normal”, in this case meaning a more fun summer than last. ☀️ I jumped on a pool pass at the Austin Motel (“So Close, Yet So Far Out”). This hotel pool turns out to be less crowded and more fun than neighborhood social club the High Road, which we tried the summer before last.

One thing I love about Molly is that she’s not trying to be an adult yet. She made a “sea raft” out of swim noodles, held together with goggles. We played with our pool toys, Sammie the Seamonster and Ollie Octopus.

And we took lots of underwater photos, using my iPhone as a bit of a pool toy itself. I guess it could use a cleaning anyways. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Cosmic Walk

Hey, I got a decent pic of both girls today. ☺️

We strolled up to Cosmic Coffee (and Beer Garden). We’re trying to get out for regular walks to prepare for our trip to Ireland later this year. “We’re going to be waling all around Dublin, so let’s get our legs ready,” I told them. Luckily, they were pretty enthusiastic about walking. Bonus: the Texas heat will make walking around Ireland seem like a literal cake walk.

Also, Molly wanted to try out iced tea since she had enjoyed some stevia-based tea at home. But she was not terribly impressed with unsweet green hibiscus tea, describing it as “bitter”. 🤷🏻‍♂️

1000 Tickets!

Molly totally earned 1000 tickets on the game Pirate’s Hook at Pinballz Arcade today.  Molly and I work as a team.  She times the fishing pole while I reel in the fish as quickly as possibly.   We’ve can usually came away with 20-30 tickets in a solid round.

But today Molly hit the jackpot and got the golden crab for 1000 tickets.  I couldn’t believe it!

 

We earned a total of 1400 tickets for the day.  Molly, with her usual patience, chose a bag of Haribo Happy Cola gummies at a cost 300 tickets for today.  She decided to save the remaining 1100 tickets for a lava lamp next time we come, probably in a few months.

Claire missed the action because she was hanging out at Susie’s today, recovering from our Dads’ Spring Break trip.

OMG Slime!

Claire’s ongoing slime-creation project has finally yielded the perfect slime, thanks primarily to Sta Flo liquid starch, which works so much better than Borax.  This slime is gooey and stretchy and never wears out or sticks.  Plus it’s sparkly and just the right color.

Now that we have lots of slime, Claire and I just sit and play with it for long stretches.  We roll it out into perfect sheets using a ruler to get the edges straight, then roll the sheet up into a perfect slime cannoli, and then – and this is the topper – we cut the slime cannoli right down the middle with scissors.  Somehow the inside has a little different color and is extra gooey.

The ultimate relaxation for Claire and me is to just mess with the slime while watching Last Week Tonight.  John Oliver just kills us.  Claire is really into Last Week Tonight, or any other political/comedy combination such as Saturday Night Live.  So political comedy combined with slime is just the ultimate luxury.  Pure heaven.

Molly likes slime alright and can tolerate political comedy, but her obsession is still Rayman Legends on the PlayStation 4.  Molly is getting incredibly good at this game.  Molly plays Rayman while Claire and I do slime and TV.  We could spend all day like this.  Luckily, we usually only spend Sunday evenings this way as a way to wind down the weekend.  We all get so relaxed and zoned in that don’t want to disrupt our leisure activities.  We become slime / TV zombies and then scurry off to bed, a little upset that the day is ending.

Making Slime (and Tacos!)

Claire has been trying for a few weeks to make the perfect homemade slime.  We’ve used Borax, Elmer’s glue, sprinkle glue, acrylic paint, and anything else you can think of that is slimy.  Today Claire filmed a time-lapse video of her slime experiment while I cooked dinner and Molly played Rayman Legends on the PlayStation 4 in the background.  At the very end of the video, you can see a taco appear in front of Claire, which was the sign for the slime experiment to end and for dinner to begin!

In the video, I used the song Pink Slime by La Luz.  I found the song from the NPR Music’s Austin 100 playlist for SXSW 2015.

Galveston Time Lapse

The girls had lots of fun on the beach in Galveston while waiting for Pleasure Pier to open.  There was no shortage of hermit crabs to scare, and the gulf waters were warm enough to wade in, even right after Christmas!

And thanks to Gordon Colcotte’s song for being almost custom made for this video.