Yesterday we de-festooned the conifer in the living room, and it's going out to the curb tonight. So endeth the holiday season.
Last night I watched Buckaroo Banzai for the first time in about 25-odd years. There are still catch phrases I use from that movie (eg "Why me, John Bigboote?"). I really enjoyed watching that movie again, even though many of Mrs. Fungus' questions about it were best answered with, "Because it was the 1980s."
Then we happened across "Einstein and Eddington", a made-for-TV movie about Sir Arthur Eddington's astronomical demonstration of the validity of General Relativity, and I have to say that I liked that quite a bit. Bonus points for Dr. Who (David Tennant) playing Arthur Eddington and Gollum (Andy Serkis) playing Einstein.
Not sure how well-grounded the story was in the facts, though. All the science was right but the personal stories, such as Eddington being gay for his best friend and Einstein porking his second-wife-to-be in a storage room at the university--those are what I wonder about.
Well, it could be worse.
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In my stocking on Christmas morning there was a Hershey bar. It proudly proclaims itself to be "XL", meaning "extra large", and indeed it is probably the largest size Hershey bar you can find in a typical retail setting.
It's 4.4 ounces, a quarter pound of chocolate.
When I was a lad, the big Hershey bar was a pound of chocolate. Now it's this.
You can still get one pound Hershey bars, of course, though they are not regularly available. (You can get a five pound bar for $45, too.) You can also get a 1 lb Hershey's Kiss (which is the size the giant kiss was originally available in) but--again--not at retail.
A pound of chocolate in one wrapper is a bit much, so the 8 ounce bars made more sense to me--but this 4.4 ounce BS is ridiculous.
There's no inflation, but the prices are higher and packages are smaller. Yeah.