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The Modern Butlers’ Journal, February 2020, Message from the Chairman

Steven FerryMessage from the Chairman

by Steven Ferry

So we come to another leap year, one that you could celebrate perhaps with the Leap Year cocktail Mr. Vargas covers in his column this month.

Anyone into the significance of numbers might be impressed with 20:20 pm on the 20th of February, 2020. Such moments do not come around very often and I will be sure to enjoy that Leap Year drink at that particular time, at my own birthday bash. Would that I were celebrating my 20th, but alas, that particular moment has passed 🙂

On the subject of fascination with numbers and to end on a more humorous note, I leave you with a Far Side cartoon from Gary Larson, who understood the value of housekeepers.

It is of note that Mr. Einstein was known for keeping his desk cluttered, so one might assume he had no housekeeper. Or that he would not let her near his study. Or that he might have come by the theory of relativity through Mileva Einstein-Maric, his first wife and a fellow mathematics and physics student, as they theorized over dinner about the relative merits of keeping desks uncluttered, or not. Etc.

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