Consider:

class BigGuy
   def initialize
      @favorites = ["a","b","c"]
   end

   class << self
     def display_favs
      class_eval "p @favorites"
     end
   end
end

class LittleGuy < BigGuy
     display_favs
end

Why does this display "nil"?  I expected the initialize of BigGuy to
occur prior to invoking display_favs.  Any other construction I should
be using to get my desire behavior of the constructor of the base class
getting called prior to singleton methods called from the child class?