For her birthday, my niece asked her uncles if they would take her and her friends to a trampoline park. This was accomplished, and the day generated some observations:

  1. Trampoline parks are great for burning off the seemingly boundless energy of children.

  2. It’s amazing how much I can write in a noisy place with constant interruptions of one or more children coming back to the table to rest.

  3. It is adorable to listen to three ten-year-old girls discuss the chicken dance. Particularly if you should clap or peck at the end because “pecking is more realistic.”

4. The black hole that is my nephew’s stomach drives him to rather insane lengths in order to satisfy it. I’m almost tempted to get him a bandolier of snack bars to get him through the day.
All in all, a great time was had by all.

5. It is still weird when I run into colleagues from work in non-work settings.