It’s a Numbers Game

Did you ever notice that numbers are in just about everything?  Calendars, checkbooks, weights and measures, passwords, keyboards, books, rulers, cell phones, e-readers, and of course, calculators, just to name a few.  Do you remember when we had to learn our addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, and fractions without the use of a calculator? I remember memorizing and being quizzed on the multiplication tables.  Wow!  The good old days.  Now everyone uses a calculator.  Namaste’

 

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  1. Interesting to be reading this as I sit here at SFO Airport waiting for a flight. I just ordered a Sour Dough Bowl of Soup & drink. My total came to $9.18 and I gave the Cashier $10.00.
    Her cash register was not working properly and it took 3 people to figure out my change of .82 cents. Perhaps old school was best.
    Thanks and you are number 1 with me.

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  2. As a Land Surveyor we used slide rules and Natural Logs to do our calcs… and then the “Coffee Grinder” we called it… a funny mechanical calculator… a hand cranked calculator.. How many years back is that now..??? I remember the first electronic calculators… I had to take a loan to pay for it, and all it could do was + – / and * , none of the scientific stuff I needed to do my work…

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  3. That’s a fun picture. I remember memorizing the “times” table. I never did learn past the tens.

    I’m smiling at Patti’s comment above. Young cashiers don’t have a clue how to make change. (They can’t write or spell either, but that comment is for a different post.)

    When I was a young cashier, we counted change up to the next dollar. Do you remember? I explained that to a cashier once and she looked at me as if I was from Mars. Admittedly, now I use a calculator all the time.

    Thanks for the picture. It was fun to comment.

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  4. I don’t speak math. It has always been my downfall. They let me slide through high school with Ds in basic math.

    When I was 33 I decided to finally learn it. I took a class at a community college in bone head math. The class was full of kids who were taking the class for and easy credit.

    After the first class I walked up to the instructor and told him that obviously I was not his basic student and that I wanted once and for all to grasp the concept of math and if it was alright to speak with him after classes about the parts that I did not understand. He just looked at me and said “Read your book.” and walked away.

    I should have turned him in to the school, but I didn’t. I never went back.

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