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)