This week my wife and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. pretty low-key celebration. 37 is a year with no traditional gift. I did find online some odd ways to celebrate.

Since 37 Celsius is the value of the normal body temperature, it was suggested that we heat things up with a nice hot spa together.

37 is also the atomic number of Rubidium, an element often found in fireworks, so we should have tried to spark some fireworks.

William Shakespeare was thought to have written 37 plays, so it was suggested that we might find a local performance of one of his plays. In our more youthful days, it was a summer tradition to wait in line at Central Park in New York City for the free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park. Twelfth Night might be fun. Troilus and Cressida isn’t much of a love story.

3 and 7 are the first two digits of the dialing code for Monaco. A trip there would be a pretty good anniversary gift.

There are two other unrelated anniversaries.

Our wedding anniversary is also the day that marks the start of the World Wide Web which was 10,000 days old on July 28. We beat the Web which is only celebrating 27.8 years. By the way, the Web is not the Internet. The World Wide Web (the WWW you see in URLs) is the space where documents and other web resources are identified by URLs, interlinked by hypertext links, and can be accessed via the Internet. Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW in 1989 and wrote the code for the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland.


And last, but not least, this particular space on the Web, Weekends in Paradelle, celebrates eight years today, July 30. Those first posts in 2008 were about my intentions and the origin of the paradelle. It has been nice escaping here on the weekends, and I’m happy that over 300,000 visitors have followed me for a visit.