It's Pi day!
If you can think back to your days in high school math, you might remember Pi (Greek letter “π”) as the symbol representing a constant. The ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - which is approximately3.14159.
It's possible, not by me - but it's possible - to compute Pi to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. People who know what they are talking about (I think) say Pi is an irrational and transcendental number, and will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.
Me, I like to think of a Chocolate Pie, sliced into an infinite number of pieces spiraling around a dining room table with enough pieces to create a delicious pattern of interlocking triangles.
I think it is no coincidence that the Greek symbol can be used to calculate the circumference of an actual pie. My dad, a verifiable "Math Guy," perhaps enjoyed Raisin Cream Pie because of its mathematical characteristics.
My mom prefers Banana Cream on her dessert plate.
For me, the best version of Pi comes in a version of a warm strawberry - rhubarb slice covered with a slightly melting dollop of ice cream.
There's something about the tart and sweet flavors that create a transcendental combination on the palate.
The nearby Hubbard Avenue Diner and Bakery celebrates the day with slices for the appropriate price of $3.14, and an opportunity to win pie for a year.
Up north, we lived less than fifteen minutes from the world famous, Norske Nook. The original place in Osseo,Wisconsin. The founder was once featured on David Letterman to show off one of their impressive Meringue pies that soared into the air like the St. Louis Arch.
It's the kind of place that as you finished off one of their excellent breakfasts, the waitress would ask you what kind of pie you wanted to follow the morning meal.
That, to me, sounds like the perfect way - a constant, you will - to celebrate - not just on Pi Day, but every day!
Enjoy a piece of Pi! Oh, the flick - Life of Pi - isn't bad either - maybe you could rent it today for $3.14.