Life is a numbers game
I recently turned the big “seven-oh” — 70 years of age! I can hardly believe I have been on this planet for seven decades. For some reason, reaching a high number of years like that made me think that our lives are full of numbers — some good, some bad and almost all relevant in some way.
Of course, this short article can’t address all the numbers we use or celebrate, but a few come to mind. I suppose we don’t really think too much about numbers when we are little kids, but they start to become meaningful by the time we begin school.
I remember vividly the number 1960, for that was when I graduated from eighth (another number) grade and headed for high school. To celebrate this event, I remember carving “1960” in my desk; I hope the statute of limitations have run out on this nefarious deed.
Of course, the number 1964 was my next big “goal,” as that would signal my departure from high school and my matriculation into college, thereby making 1968 the next goal in my life — graduation from Colorado State University and a commission in the U.S. Air Force.
During high school, of course, turning 16 was glorious: I was now legal to drive! Another number, 18, competed with my driver’s license date, however — that was the year I was “legal” to drink “near beer” in Colorado (though I had been sneaking it for years — don’t tell the cops).
Twenty-one is a major milestone in anyone’s life — and isn’t it interesting that we have to spell out a number at the beginning of a sentence, but I can say, “I turned 21” and be correct if the number is in the sentence? Go figure.
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Editor’s note: Bob Russell graduated from HHS in 1964 and is a retired fighter pilot and cockpit designer. Retired in Arkansas, he blames his love-hate relationship with math on folks like Mr. Beck, his high school math teacher. Beck tricked Bob into thinking math was “fun,” and it is true that math drives everything we do in life, but only sometimes is it fun. Bob appreciates the Enterprise for allowing him to send in mind-boggling articles like this occasionally.
Holyoke Enterprise April 28, 2016