Go Ask Daddy About Animal Sorts, Colossal Numerals and Bling on the Ballfield


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My girls go through stages.

GAD GRAPHICDon’t we all? Their stages, born of dreams, spurred the next stage, and the next. Lots of what they transition through gets its fuel from imagination. We should, at any age, allow imagination to lead the way sometimes.

Elise hunkered down between the couch and ottoman when she was a kid. “Daddy,” she called out. “Guess who I am?”

No idea, dear. Who are you?

“I’m Saddam Hussein, hiding in a hole for 100 years!”

Oh boy. (This was just after U.S. forces captured embattled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.)

(As a tween, one of my girls raised suspicion from her mom and me for strange, covert behavior. We feared the worst … cigarettes, seedy online activity. Turns out she was pretending to be a spy.)

And yet another transitioned from the I’m a Dinosaur stage to the I’m a Mermaid stage. I’m not saying who. Does anyone else get this kind of thing at home?

1. What category would a mermaid be?

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It’s a valid question and one vital to dining for, say, a Pescatarian killer whale.

Is a mermaid fish, or mammal? Mermaids clearly have hair, like a mammal. A mermaid’s ability to breathe air indicates evolutionary progress, perhaps from fish to mammal? I’m certain fish don’t have the mammary glands so often depicted in mermaid renditions.

In the name of taxonomy, perhaps mermaids deserve their own classification, such as a platypus, echidnas and gluten-free tacos.

2. When’s the next meteor shower?

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We just missed one!

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower shows Jan. 3-4. You might see as many as 40 meteors an hour, pretty good bang for the buck. The meteors come from dust particles form 2003 EH1, an extinct comet. There’s other cool stuff coming in the next few months, too.

MARCH 8: JUPITER AT OPPOSTION | The biggest planet makes its closest approach to earth! This means it’ll shine  bright in the sky. Binocular-toters could even see four of Jupiter’s moons.

MARCH 9: TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE | The good news: The moon will totally block the sun, making for some gorgeous celestialness. The bad news: We’ll have to go to Indonesia to do it.

APRIL 22-23: LYRIDS METEOR SHOWER | This is it! A full moon will drown out the faintest meteors, but the biggest and brightest could be spectacular. I’ll bring the hot cocoa, you bring the blanket.

[See the astronomy calendar I used here]

3. What’s after billion?

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A billion and one!

The illion family goes on to 303 zeros! That one’s called a centillion, which comes into use when counting the number of years since the Cincinnati Bengals have won in the playoffs. Trillion (12 zeros) comes after billion. Next: Quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion and poopillion.

I made that last one up. But here’s a list of the real ones.

4. If you go low when you’re driving, do you just pull over for a snack?

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I often pull over for a snack even if I’m not low.

By low you mean my glucose levels, which can dip as far as the 50s if I don’t eat (it happens!) and take my diabetic meds (it happens!).

My blood sugar should be around 80-120, usually. It’s not good when I go low. I could pass out. I have snacks stashed everywhere. My work bag, my console, sometimes my pockets.

It’s not that I don’t want to share. I don’t want to snack on these snacks unless I need to snack on them. This Pez Yoda has been a lifesaver. Well, not a lifesaver, but it has saved my bacon (bacon doesn’t help glucose levels, but it does promote happiness.)

Yoda has given me just the boost more than once to keep on truckin’ (and get to a Jack in the Box. I mean, healthy protein snack.)

5. Can baseball players wear necklaces?

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Do they ever.

Baseball players wear necklaces like middle school boys wear cologne. It’s a sign of flash that they seem to care about more than anyone else. (Maybe other players do?) Maybe it’s a way to attract a mate.

I wonder which carries more heft – 24 karats or a .350 batting average?

I couple of years ago, players wore Phiten Necklaces, laced with titanium. They’re braided and not gold, but are said to improve performance. There’s little evidence they work, but since when is that a prerequisite?

I had a copper bracelet back in the day that golfers wore. I was convinced my brainpower and physical performance would register on the order of, I don’t know, Captain America?

I wore it a couple of weeks. Then lost it. I swear. So faulty.

Next time they make a miracle accessory, I hope they remember to add memory power to it.

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42 thoughts on “Go Ask Daddy About Animal Sorts, Colossal Numerals and Bling on the Ballfield

  1. Just the fact that baseball is being asked here, gives me hope for spring training being around the corner as crazy as that may sound. But still, got a bit wistful for it. Nevertheless, another great round of questions and answers this week and now wishing you a great weekend.

    1. Not crazy at all. What’s crazy is turning to Marie yesterday and saying, “The Rockies are going to be good this year,” and knowing immediately that I’d just told her the biggest lie of my life. I needed the new band of questions and a new start this Friday.

  2. I want to go to Indonesia!

    Mermaids are magic. No other category needed.

    If I had to guess, I’d say Marie was the one pretending to be a detective. So was my brother. He was also a policeman and a pilote.

    1. I’d go, for the meteors, Tamara. Mermaids and Rockies wins seem to be in short order in this universe.

      If both are magic, should also Kesha be included? Our detective was, in fact, Elise. she’s the topic for Monday’s post, too. Funny story with that, but you’ll see.

      What did your brother end up doing as a grownup?

      1. He’s a trained “civil designer”, making the blueprints for construction projects according to the architect’s draft. However, when he was 21 he left Switzerland and moved to Israel. INSERT LONG STORY INVOLVING TWO YEARS AT THE ARMY. Today he creates, builds and maintains furniture and toys for daycare, kindergarten and school at the local kibbutz he lives in. More importantly he’s a Dad to three kids between 9 and 15. Wow, almost like you! 🙂

        The cutest thing he did as a 4yo policeman was arresting the rain – for being annoying!!!

        Can’t wait to read about Elise on Monday 🙂 But first, have a great weekend, E!

  3. Mermaids usually have well depicted mammaries. Mermen wear no pants, yet have no uh… dangly bits. Thanks for bringing up baseball season! April is only 3 months away! I’m not with snow yet, but am looking forward to Opening Day.

    1. I hadn’t noticed, Eric. On the mermaid or the merman! Baseball feels like a million years away.

      I’d dreamed of going to spring training this year. Blue Jays, where you are?

      1. Doh – I remember now. You can take the boy out of Maryland, but you can’t take the Maryland out of the boy (or at least the Orioles fan in him.)

  4. So, Forrest Gump being a “go-zillionaire” isn’t really a thing?? Maybe he was actually a “poopillionaire!” 😉 And, mermaid categories – things that make you go Hmmmmmm . . .

    1. Forrest’s fortunes aren’t on the list, Lisa, but when you’re Forrest Gump, do you really need that?

      Most of us parents are pooptillionaires and might not realize it. There’s just no limit or boundary to a kid’s questions.

  5. Mermaids are like unicorns and magical!

    I give my kids new pezz dispensers every Christmas. Everyone got their favorite Starwars person.

    I love baseball , did you know?I know nothing about it but it’s my favorite sport if I had to choose one.

    1. I’m okay with magical. Pez dispensers are magic, if you ask me. Who’s your favorite Star Wars character?

      I didn’t know you love baseball. The Rockies? They’re the kind of favorite team one chooses if one must choose a favorite team.

      1. There’s nothing like taking a half day of work to go to the ballpark. yes, it’s calming. Unless you expect the Rockies to play meaningful baseball past July 4.

      2. Kevin Costner’s Asheville Tourists jersey from the movie Bull Durham (classic, by the way) hangs in the team’s stadium to this day. (I love the one with Costner and Kelly Preston (sigh) – For the Love of the Game. I associate hugely with that movie.

      3. That’s very cool! For the Love of the Game is my favorite and I could watch it over and over and never grow tired. Draft Day made me like football just a tiny bit more.😉

  6. So how many would 304 zeros be? Maybe that is the true poopillion?

    I have seen various depictions of mermaids, some with scales and gills, others more humanoid. Maybe they are amphibians, starting off with gills and then evolving to breathe out of water.

    1. I considered that, Rhonda. It’s not like numbers close for business after that, right? I found the gamut of mermaids in my search, including the original (and ditched) risque Starbucks logo. Seen that?

      Mermaids might rule the world after we humans choke each other out.

  7. Speaking of baseball, last November, seven-year-old Ethan Hall sang a memorable version of the Australian national anthem before the Australian Baseball League match between the Adelaide Bite and Brisbane Bandits at Cooper’s Stadium in the City of Churches (Adelaide).
    Unfortunately, right at the start of his big performance Ethan develops a chronic case of hiccups.
    Not to be deterred, he continued to sing right to the very end and received a rousing reception from spectators and players alike at the finish.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I had a different set going last week when I stalled. I tried to go back into that one, but there wasn’t any fuel. So I gathered five new ones … it was like jumper cables.

  8. Going to Indonesia is bad news?? Nah.
    Really? Bacon doesn’t help glucose levels? But it doesn’t hurt them right? Pairing with proteins!!

    1. It’s only bad news because it’s far away and the kids don’t have passports and probably they don’t have many Five Guys locations. Bacon doesn’t raise my blood sugar quickly but it makes me smile. Except for the bacon that was in my breakfast burritos the other day at work because it was too salty.

  9. My kids are obsessed with Minecraft videos right now. My son goes into his room, and shuts the door and puts on his headphones — which caused us a bit of concern because he is 11 and with a Wifi connection. With his door shut. hhhmmmm…. what’s he looking at in there?!!! Cat videos.
    because of course. He loves Simon’s Cat videos.
    All I know about mermaids, is that historically there were a lot less helpful than Ariel was to Prince Eric. No idea about singing crabs as BFFs.

      1. oh yes. Traditionally folklore told tales of mermaids luring seamen to their certain watery fate with their great beauty and melodious voices. But that wouldn’t make a good Disney flick. 🙂

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