Temperatures soared into the mid-fifties on Thursday, so even though it was damp and dreary Anne and I knew that this was the day.Â If Anne was going to make her annual cycling mileage goal of one-thousand miles, it was going to be that day.Â We launched from the house and headed to the Park.Â We did a turn around the bike path, including the new section, which is now open.Â The dual-path system may be finished, but it is not done yet.Â Men were still working on landscaping, plus the old pathway has not yet been reopened, so much for a November completion date.Â After once around, we exited stage east on Clayton Avenue and headed over to Tower Grove Park.Â On the way back home, we stopped off at the Gardens and had a late lunch at the restaurant there.Â Afterwards, we visited the Christmas exhibit, *Gardenland Express*, picture trains, lots of poinsettias, small children and grandparents too.Â I didnâ€™t last long there.Â We sailed home with a strong tailwind and got 23 miles.

Wednesday night we met friends from my work for dinner at Pi.Â Pi is that pizzeria that Mr. Obama liked so much that he chose this Saint Louis rendition of Chicago style pizza for his inaugural ball.Â I can still hear the echoing wails from that little town in northern Illinois.Â Two colleagues and their spouses, Don & Erin and Dan & Mary joined Anne and I there.Â So what do three engineers discuss at a place called Pi?Â What else but quiz each other on how many digits of the number Pi can be recited from memory?Â I topped out at seven, which only gives me about aÂ 32-bit precision.Â Later, I saw a waitress with 20+ digits on the front of her t-shirt.Â Baby, where were you when I needed you!

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Only 2-1/2 months till Pi Day! Does that pizzeria get overbooked on 3/14?

We talked about Pi Day and Mole Day too. Mole Day is 10/23 and is based on Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23). To answer your question, don’t know. What really drives business at Pi is the Pagent, a boutique concert hall just across the street.

That would be the Pageant, dear.

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3.14159. that’s as far as I go. and I remember that mainly because I went to a rather geeky college the first time around and that was part of some cheer.

One of my favorite math posters, (in one of my favorite math teacher’s room) shows pi and i. Pi says, “C’mon, get real!” and i says, “C’mon, get rational!”. This teacher also has a large case labelled “Weapons of math instruction”, containing the fancy graphing calculators.

I love geek humor.