Higgs Boson Birthday

April 30, 2014

That’s a stretch, but how often does a non-physicist get to say that?

The birthday in question was Jim’s, his 61st. It was a Wednesday, so we had to keep it pretty low key, which, actually, is the way he prefers it, so it all worked out.  Basically, good birthdays are about having some nice family time, and in Jim’s case, family time and pecan pie. Those are the essentials; anything else is a bonus.

Got lucky this year. It’s hard to come up with a better weeknight family activity than seeing a movie at the Varsity… but not just any movie–a documentary about particle physics.


Hard to be more perfect. A physics documentary is totally up Jim’s alley, but this stuff has long been Peter’s obsession, so for an activity that everyone likes, it was an easy choice. I even got watery eyed–moved and fascinated by the beauty of science. They told a very compelling story.

Then, it was warm and pleasant enough to eat outside, which we did at El Toro Bravo and had such a good dinner while we talked about the movie (and Peter impressed us with his curiosity, questions and grasp of so much of it).

Returned home and ate some of this and opened a couple presents:


Thing to note: the letterJ spelled out in pecans.

And for presents: game one in the Giant’s home stand against the Cardinals (not until July) and Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance.


One Response to “Higgs Boson Birthday”

  1. Sounds like the perfect birthday for Jim. The pie looks amazing!!

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