Pi(e) Day 2008

Pi(e) Day 2008

We were lucky this year that Pi Day fell on the first day of my spring break. We were unlucky that Micah picked up a bug at work and we didn’t get to celebrate with our friends as planned. But we did make pie, which is, of course, what Pi Day is for. Yes, there is a mathematical element to the celebration as well. You know, something about March 14th’s numerical representation bearing a resemblance to the number of the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter or something like that. But really, who cares about that? It’s just an excuse to make pie. Nonetheless, we did factor a math activity into the festivities. We began the day by standing pennies on end so we could knock them over and see how many landed heads up. It was for my math-for-journalism-people class. Pennies, by the way, are not flat coins. They are much more likely to land heads up. We got 44 heads from the 50 coins.Despite suffering from a fever and chills, Micah did have to go into work so he could submit his time card and get paid. That is kind of important. So we made a trip into Manhattan. While we were there, we picked up some apples from the green market for our pie and in the process of getting the apples we were seduced by the Peeler Man. As you can see from the video, he is quite a character. We debated whether or not we were going to fall for his spiel, and in the end decided that the entertainment combined with the peeler was worth $5. We used our newly acquired kitchen utensil to peel our apples and we are satisfied with our purchase.

And then we ate pie. It was tasty. As always.

5 thoughts on “Pi(e) Day 2008

  1. We sure missed you guys last night, and hope that Micah’s doing better. Looks like your pie was amazing! You got a really cool picture with all of those pennies, looks like fun!

  2. BTW, I saw the peeler guy a couple of months ago here in Brooklyn, but I was in a hurry and couldn’t stay to watch. Hopefully next time I’ll get to watch him peel away! ;0)

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