We (I) made it through the first day of school intact, and with a class full of students who had no idea how cheery their teacher would be (three weeks of marriage will do that) and how much she’d be into the terribly and deliciously evil Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

In other news, we are proud to announce new additions to the aquarium family: a small school of bloodfin tetras. All four of the little tetras are swimming around happily on this, the third day into their new living arrangements. They’ve livened up the tank, and Mifflin especially seems happy to have new friends.

The new tetras are, largest to smallest:  Gail, Admiral Ackbar, Don Draper, and Rupert Giles.

Here’s Gail.

Gail and her reflection

Gail is the largest of the new tetras (though smaller than Dunder), and the fastest fish in the aquarium.  She is named in honor of Gail, CJ Cregg’s goldfish (a present from Danny), who appears, in an always episode-theme-decorated bowl, on The West Wing. Someday we hope to find Gail her very own press secretary podium.

And now, here’s:

Admiral Ackbar

Admiral Ackbar’s name, we hope, requires no explanation. Ack is the second-largest bloodfin, and he tends to run with the smaller of the tetras, like a big brother. Someday he’ll lead them against a *gasp* fully armed and operational Death Star!

Don Draper is the main character on Mad Men, which is a pretty awesome show, even though it’s more than a little hard to watch. Our Don is a smaller than Ack and Gail — but he’s crafty and harder to catch swimming in place; he likes to hide out among the plants.

Rupert Giles — Giles — is Buffy’s Watcher, mentor, father-figure, and all-around good guy on — you guessed it — Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And Mr. O is quite the anglophile, so we will, naturally, be expecting Giles to grow into the accent of his namesake.

Here are the four together — they’re fast, so it’s hard to catch them all at once:

School in session

And finally, here’s a shout-out to our pals, Dunder and Mifflin.  They made it!

Hi guys!

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2 Responses to Schools

  1. Mr. O's mother-in-law says:

    Swim away, Admiral Akbar — it’s a trap!

  2. Mrs. O says:

    “Many Bothans died to bring us this information.”

    Mr. O thinks I should be Mon Mothma for Halloween this year.

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