Met with my family for dinner at a “steak and potatoes” joint called Haab’s tonight. It’s stuck in the 1950s, it serves rumaki as an appetizer, the happy hour (discounted drinks and apps, including rumaki) can’t be beat except by the exceptional service of the wait staff.
I sat by my 18 year old niece Anabel. She was valedictorian of her high school class, and won a full scholarship based on her athletic AND academic mojo. So I struck up a conversation with her about…chemistry! I’ve been trying to brush up on the names of chemical elements and their symbols because of my “trivial pursuits.”
She took enough AP high school chemistry (and did well enough in it) to earn college credit. She’s in her first year of college now.
I shared a recent chemistry tournament question with her that wanted the names of the two easternmost U.S. capital cities that can be spelled entirely with symbols for elements.
I think we would have teamed up well with my knowledge of capital names – combined with her chemistry knowledge (but really who knows what would happen in a high stakes tournament setting).
I learned tonight that both of us like the names of the elements Oganesson and Darmstadtium. And I told her Rhodium is where Rhoda Morganstern was derived. She was way too young to get the Mary Tyler Moore reference, but it made her mother chuckle!
I’m very proud to have such a smart (and goofy) young woman as a relation! We are both such…dorks! The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
I am going to continue with my quest to make the Periodic Table my bitch! As Thorium is my witness ( is that element named for Thor?)