Numbers I Love!!

 People who know me might  be aware of this detail:  I LOVE COOL NUMBERS.  And I like to share this love with people around me.  I am an avid odometer watcher.  I get a little antsy when a cool number is about to appear.  My phone is usually close by so I can capture the cool number at the right time – no matter what speed I might be going.  Before I had a digital speedometer I would actually have to speed up or slow down so that the speedometer needle wasn’t right over the top of the odometer number.  My kids don’t have any idea that this is a weird thing.  They don’t know any different.  They have become number lovers too and often ask me if a certain sequence is a cool number or not.  I tell them that they get to define their own "cool"   To me, cool is a pattern or symmetry.  So on an odometer 100101 might be cool because of the simplicity, but 101101 is even cooler.  They’re learning.  But this number-love has become a slight obsession.  Numbers that aren’t in a pattern can also be amazingly cool.  You have to start looking at thing differently.  0 and 8 are very good digits on an odometer because they are perfectly symmetrical.  1 is okay – but it leans a bit to the right, making the number spacing off just slightly.  Don’t laugh.  I don’t try to be this way.  It’s the voices in my head.  They make me do it.  Before I switched to blackberry, I used to MMS cool numbers to my friends.  They weren’t quite sure WHAT the picture they were getting was (at least not the first 3 times).

Anyway – all this to tell you that today is an amazingly good day.  Almost as good as July 7, 1977.  But the thing that today has that July 7, 1977 didn’t have is that the clock can play cool number games too.  See, it’s August 8, 2008.  If you write that in school, you’d write 08-08-08.  WOW!!!  (btw – WOW is cool too – perfectly symmetrical, which is hard for words to be).  And the clock plays too because it can be 8:08 on 08-08-08.  It’s really hard to be grumpy on very cool days like today.  

The only downer is that I wasn’t able to get through to my daughter at the Lake House to share the moment with her.  But I know she’s aware of the day.  And the time.  Because she’s my daughter and shares this crazy obsession.

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8 Responses to “Numbers I Love!!”

  1. Louise Says:

    Why are these posts just coming to my reader today? (Corn pictures and numbers???) It must be YOU!

    Prince Charming was in a meeting at 08:08 on 08-08-08. No one remembered to mention it until the time was past. You would not have forgotten.

  2. Louise Says:

    p.s. My favorite dates are “square root days.” The next one will be 03-03-09. I like them not for the same reasons at all, but because they are “clever” and get rarer and rarer and the century progresses. The first one I was aware of was 9-9-81. Actually, come to think of it, it was the first one in my life. I just missed the one before that.

  3. reluctantfarmchik Says:

    Louise- I knew I could count on you to understand the numbers thing. Square root dates are really cool. But they don’t happen often enough. The car thing is good because I can drive to make the next one happen :-)

    Excellent that P.C. was able to recognize a good number when it hit him. Even in retrospect.

  4. Milena Says:

    Just like Louise said. Your posts are only now showing up on my reader too. I thought you hadn’t been posting the last few days that I’ve been out of town only to discover that you had! Anyway, did you hear about the baby that was born at 8:08 on August 8th? Is that a lucky omen? Sounds like she should be a child of yours too. ;-)
    Never paid much attention to this kind of thing. Now you will probably hook me into it just by having done this post.

  5. Amy Says:

    Hmmm…. time to tweak your meds, dear?

  6. Deirdre Says:

    Milena – that baby is indeed a very lucky child. I think it should come live with me. I need a baby.
    And number watching is a bit addictive. I actually thought about posting about it because I know it’s a slippery slope. Once you’re aware of it in the slightest you totally get sucked in. Of course, only the most talented and intelligent people will fully appreciate the good numbers. The rest of the people are aware, but only wish they could “get it”.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Deirdre Says:

    Amy – meds are only what are given to people who can’t handle their reality. Numbers are a wonderful thing and I certainly wouldn’t want anything to get in the way of my enjoyment of them. You should know these things.

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