# A Surprise Package – The Best Kind Of Package.

When I arrived home today and opened up my mailbox – something I normally do daily so as not to miss out on any wicked awesome deals from Burger King, McDonalds, Taco Bell, Pizza Hutt, or insert any other fast food that I wouldn’t ever eat – I was welcomed by a yellow’ish express post styled envelope. The very same envelope you see in the picture to the left. Exciting!

What the what? I thought. Who has sent me a fantastic yellow package, and what mysteries might be contained within?

At first I was perplexed, but then I noticed the writing and knew who had sent it. His writing hasn’t really changed since the day I met him, way back in the extra old time-y days of grade 6. Once that came to me, it also brought to light a text message conversation we had the week prior. For your reading entertainment, I have painstakingly recreated that text message conversation below:

Anywho, I had no idea what might be inside and I have to say I was pretty excited about the prospects. Of course, nothing I could ever have imagined would come close to the awesomeness that I was about to unwrap. And, being the nerd that I am I had to document the entire thing.

Note: the documentation may also have been a procrastination method, as I’ve been spending my days and nights putting together a grant application. Apparently I feel that someone should give me about \$300,000 in order to do Statistical things with numbers and data-type stuffs. I digress.

The Opening

As you can see, the gift was a set of dice that have amazingly awesome and completely relevant mathematical constants on them. Specifically, they are adorned with 0, 1, $i, e, \phi$, and $\pi$. So. Freaking. Cool. And so me. So me times a billion. And now I want to play Yahtzee with them. Or perhaps develop some game of my own. And who wouldn’t want to play a game that involved wicked-awesome dice like these? No one, that’s who.

But, I can’t forget the card. You see, the card that came with the gift is awesome on a level I can’t even begin to describe. It’s an infographic with fine print that reads “this is dan”. Simple. Elegant. And bang on. Attached to me are a number of branches that end in a word that describes me or something that I love. I have to say that the card really is my favourite part of the gift. The infographic includes so many things that really do describe me or things I love perfectly. And I love, love, love that my heart is on the branch that leads to math. I also love, love, love that the card is an infographic, as I am a huge fan of infographics.

Clearly, after 25+ years of knowing me, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that one Mr. Rob was able to find a gift and generate an infographic that was so accurate and so perfect for me. So to you Mr. Rob, a huge thank you. Your gift made my heart grow three sizes today and that’s not an easy accomplishment. Without getting too mushy, I’ll simply write

I love you too, you big stupid jerk.

Oh, and I’m not the only one that thinks the dice are awesome. Elliot loves them too. Perhaps a little too much. I’ll have to remember to put them away so he doesn’t accidentally ingest one.

In completely unrelated news – Jasper Tey – I have a challenge for you. Take this video, and JasperFX it – If you dare.

1. Robert says:

You are most welcome and I’m glad that you liked your ‘surprise package’. I only ask that you not include me in any mathematically derived game you come up with.

PS: It was a toss-up between the dice and a chocolate microscope. I’m wondering now though, if I made the right decision.