Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A drive that normally takes me 15 minutes took about an hour and 45 minutes and had me zig-zagging across town, as every route I took was impassable. Where there was an underpass yesterday, there was a lake today. Once on the highway (the highest ground, I reasoned), I saw dozens of cars pulled to the side of the road with their flashers blinking. I didn't think that many cars could have stalled, but then realized what had happened when I tried to get off at my normal exit -- there was an ocean of water that was coming up the ramp onto the highway. People could not get off the highway!
I was able to find a dry route a few miles down the freeway. Armed with my coffee, my Houston map, and my U-turn skills, I navigated my way to school. The staff who had made it were turning away kids, as there were no teachers! After a "delayed opening," two students (out of 400) showed up. I left after a couple hours. I hope that because I got extra credit for going in today, I won't have to go in tomorrow.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Giddy with extra time in his schedule, Garrett recently researched in depth the 1937 disappearance of Amelia Earhart. One theory postulates that she and her companion landed on a deserted island (or, more specifically, atoll) in the South Pacific. The island is home to an amazing and disturbing species called the coconut crab.
It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world! They climb coconut trees to eat coconuts! Imagine poor Amelia, straggling onto an island, only to find monster crabs sipping pina coladas.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The title was "The Cruciverbalist," and the long answers were:
- BRAINSTORM THEME IDEAS
- DEVELOP BEST ENTRIES
- CONSTRUCT SUITABLE GRID
- RESEARCH AND WRITE CLUES
- SEND PUZZLE TO EDITOR
- SEE BYLINE IN NEWSPAPER