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Monday, April 11, 2016

The tangent line


We went out for supper tonight. When we left I announced I have come to dislike chain restaurants as much as I dislike tuna-noodle casserole, and we were going to try out a little restaurant called Nosh.  And, if it were closed, being Monday, we would go to Yours Truly, a local to NE Ohio chain.

I could hear eyes rolling, and agreed Yours Truly is an “old people’s restaurant,” but not as old people as Denny’s, a childhood favorite of Laura’s, or her especial three year old favorite, Bob Ebans. And as it happened, Nosh is closed on Monday and we went to Yours Truly.

We walked in the door and my shoulders twitched to the music. Something Kris Kristofferson. Emily and Laura exchanged meaningful looks. While we waited for our supper, I delighted in telling them the title and artist of each song and some history.

Their eyes rolled a bit, but they are polite young ladies, especially when Grandma is treating. Sometimes they connected. “This is ‘The House of the Rising Sun,’ I said of that song, and they listened politely to a few bars, until they recognized it from a movie. “But it was a lot faster then,” they said. “Just wait, it gets faster,” the old lady said.

And so it went, as we munched on through a good supper. “Oh, wait, what is this song,” one said. “Big wheel keep on rolling,” replied the other. They traded possible titles of a song they both knew they knew, and then looked across the table. “Proud Mary,” announced the old lady on the other side. “Yes, that’s it!” the music lovers announced, and I was amused that our lives actually touch in some places.

We drifted into other topics, and the two of them were deep in discussing a problem that has Laura very concerned. Who will help her with math homework next year, when Emily is gone? “Don’t worry,” advises Emily; “you’ll be just fine. We have computers to talk to each other.”

Laura worries; she must take geometry, algebra, pre-calc at minimum. Supper over, waiting for the bill and the card to make its trip to the front and back, Laura began rearranging things on the table. She pushed two glasses together. “The tangent line,” announced Emily. “What????” from Laura. “You already know a tangent line,” Emily retorted. Both dissolved in laughter, and Laura admitted she did. 


Red faces from laughing hard.


Laura's tangent line.

28 comments:

  1. So sweet Joanne. Kahn Academy online. Everything from grammar school work to rocket science and displayed/discussed by Kahn himself. Laura's new, best tutor.

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    1. Kahn is a great resource! We signed up long ago, but haven't used it much in Emily's four years of high school.

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  2. Sounds like a fun place, or just a fun Grandma. I feel the same about what I call Highway Restaurants, but some are a pretty good deal.

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  3. A tangent line? I'm lost. It's geometry related?
    Isn't it nice when the younger set can discuss the old music?

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    1. A tangent is a common point of contact. I remember it from geometry and mentally defined it as where the teeter totter board sat on the barrel.

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    2. Big smiles. How I love that your dinners out are full of laughter (and learning).

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  4. So true that there are so many different ways to stay in touch these days and even get help with those math classes Laura might be taking. They sure looked like they were having a nice time being together with you :)

    betty

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  5. Even with an age gap you had a good girls' night. Fun.

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  6. They have really grown up! My granddaughters listen to Nana music. Although I like a lot of the new stuff too. Their parents don't appreciate that I introduced them to Beyonce...who I think is a feminist role model. Perhaps it's the dancing that turned their parents off?

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  7. That music would be right up my alley. Harley is really going to miss Darian next year too. But she says she won't. I like the tangent line!!

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  8. Your relationship with your girls sounds wonderful. Lucky people. Love the glimpse into your lives!

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  9. Wow I would love to go to a restaurant that played 60's and 70's music, I could sing along., maybe not so good I would like it but maybe no one else.
    Merle...........

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  10. Confession: I had to refresh my memory of what a tangent line is. That was 45 years ago! And I haven't used it once since then, except as a literary term (going off on a tangent), but don't tell Laura that.

    Sounds like a good evening.

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  11. Sounds like the atmosphere in this restaurant was really nice, despite being retro. The girls look so happy! Lovely picture of them red faced from laughing.

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  12. Hari OM
    Nothing beats a belly laugh - and bellies full coupled with laughter? Priceless... YAM xx

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  13. It is never the place, it is always the people we are with that make a successful night out. Generations apart, but music has a way of finding just the right note for all.

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  14. Not your garden-variety teenager to be 1)appreciating Grandma's store of knowledge or 2)discussing geometry when out to dine.
    You have some special girls there.

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  15. Sounds like a super night out....with maths!

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  16. my twin granddaughters and a friend were here and we went to the next little town over to our favorite resale shop. on the way, listening to the radio, a song came on that they all knew and sang along with, me included. you realize, right, that that song is from my generation, I asked them. yes they knew, liked it anyway. have the girls get a SKYPE account. free video calling. it's fun.

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    1. Skype - excellent idea for the girls - and you, too, Joanne.

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  17. We prefer nonchain restaurants too, though as an old f^^^^ I like Denny's for breakfast. Fun to connect over music. Did you know there's a phone app called Sound Hound and if you hear a song you can't remember the title or artist, let Sound Hound listen and usually it can tell you.
    Skype is great, we use it with out daughter in Japan.

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  18. Nice dinner, groovy music, and cute grandkids. What more can one ask for?

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  19. Isn't that good to listen to music that makes you all happy? (By the way: when modern bands re-play old songs, they sing actually much quicker. I often do not like that).

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  20. Fun remembering old songs which are old memories.
    good picture of tangent line where the glasses touch. Now the slope of tangent line is the derivative of the line at that point. Oh she probably will get that in pre-calc.

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  21. Now, THAT is what a dinner out should be. No phones, no texting. Just bonding time.

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  22. Now, THAT is what a dinner out should be. No phones, no texting. Just bonding time.

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