# Big Week

This last week has been a big week. I guess I’ll start at today and work backwards.

Today, we closed on purchasing a home in Seattle and get the keys in a few hours. Yep, it’s sold!

One requirement we had when searching for a house was that it had to be house which we could name. Well this house certainly has a uniqueness that makes qualifies it. The street address for the home is 2459. 2459? Yep 2459. “Why that’s a prime number!” you say. Why, yes, yes it is a prime number. Not only is it a prime number, but it is a Sophie Germain prime number. A prime number is called a Sophie Germain prime if twice the prime plus one is also prime. Not only is the number a Sophie Germain prime number, but it is also a safe prime number. A prime number is called safe if half one minus the number is also prime. (Safe primes are useful for the discrete logarithm problem because they have subgroups of large order.) Pretty cool, no? (1229, 2459, 4919, 9839 form a Cunningham chain of the first kind)

Here is a picture of the home:

Yep, that front yard needs a lot of work! But the bones are good. We’re not sure on the name of the house yet, but given all the numerology above and the character of the house, I’m thinking maybe “Villa Sophia.”

So buying a home means that on Thursday we acquired a substantial debt. Welcome to the American dream!

But wait, who is this “we” of which I speak? Hmm.

Well last Friday, I got engaged! That there is a woman out there crazy enough to say “yes” when I said “Will you marry me?” surely astounds all readers of this blog. And that this crazy woman is wonderful, wise, creative, brilliant, and beautiful makes me feel like I’m the luckiest guy around.

Yep, it’s been a big week 🙂

(As regards my engagement, my apologies to Pontiff Benedict VIII)

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### 33 Responses to Big Week

1. Rod says:

Congrats! Looking forward to a (virtual) introduction to the S.O.

Sophia is an auspicious name, as far as I’m concerned — it’s my oldest daughter’s name :-).

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2. Steve says:

Congratulations Dave!

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3. NL says:

i don’t get it.

congrats!

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4. Dave Bacon says:

Benedict VIII made it illegal for priestâ€™s children to inherit property which was a big step in the direction of forbidding the clergy from marrying.
Thanks!

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5. NL says:

That’s obscure. And I’m a preacher’s kid!

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6. Michael Nielsen says:

Congratulations, Dave!

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7. Suz says:

Congrats!

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8. Hi Dave,

I when I started reading this post I thought I should congratulate you on the new house, but then I got to the bit about the engagement (which makes the new house pale in comparison). Congratulations to both of you on the engagement, and on the new house as well.

Now I can understand what you meant when you said you were busy!

Congrats again,

Joe

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9. For some reason if I write comments longer than two lines I start thinking I’m writing an email (hence the ‘Hi’ and the sig). Oops.

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10. Jake says:

Wow! That *was* a big week! Congrats on all counts, I’m very excited for you. 🙂

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11. Mory says:

Wooo hoo!!!! Congrats. I think that your toe is what really sealed the deal.

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12. Tamara says:

Congratulations! 🙂

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14. PK says:

Let me join the choir: congratulations, Dave! The house is beautiful, as I’m sure is your fiancee.

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15. Aaron says:

Wow, congrats.

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16. Ian Durham says:

Congrats on all accounts!! Here is an odd coincidence: about 10-15 minutes ago I just finished reading Borges’ Death and the Compass also involving a “mathematically” placed Villa (I am sure you will not meet the same end, however). 🙂

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17. Boris Blinov says:

A Big Week indeed! Congratulations – to you both!

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18. ben toner says:

Congratulations, Dave: that’s awesome news!

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19. Congratulations, Elder Clown! I’m honored and amazed that, even in this crucial week of your life, you still found time to post snarky comments on my blog.

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20. Jim says:

Congratulations! I’m very happy for you, Dave!

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21. humphrey says:

Congratulations on both counts! And with your recent change in position at UW, we have a great example of “Good Luck comes in Threes”.

-h
Pontiff Fan

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22. Atri Rudra says:

congrats: great news indeed 🙂

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23. Ro says:

Congrats!!! The house looks great, and your fiancee is a lucky woman as well. I hope she likes skiing!!

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24. Congratulations! Wonderful news, indeed. And the house seems great, too.

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25. Jon says:

Congratulations! All the best to you, your fiance and your new home.

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26. Dave Bacon says:

Thanks everyone!

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27. thumble says:

congraulations on your engagement and subsequent purchase (that’s the right order, yeah?)

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28. Felicity Splatt says:

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29. Connie Chang says:

hey dave, from a former classmate of yours from tech, i just wanted to delurk long enough to say congrats! i’m really happy for you; what wonderful news!

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30. Lisa says:

I am the lucky one. You are an amazing, smart, funny, handsome man and I am overjoyed to be your future wife.

BTW – In regards to Mory’s comment – it wasn’t just the toe.

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31. Saheli says:

Whoa, when you said “big week” I was thinking, conferences, papers, maybe a neat hiking trip. ..heh.

Congratulations and congratulations again!

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32. sh says:

A few years back, your mom and I schemed to get the two of you together. I love being right! Congrats and remind your “wife to be” to listen to her little sis!

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33. An says:

YAY! Congratulations!!!!!!

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