Tuesday, October 16, 2018

When I get to 99

How many things should I know today?  Is it five, six, seven, ten or 200?  The search list stops inserting a number after 10, so 200 things I should know today will retrieve 10 things. Of course some of the things retrieved relate to dates in the past July, September 2018 or even May.

As I moved up the numbers, I got to 26 and here are some of the 26 things you need to know about:
  • trucking 
  • foods to learn to cook
  • things to do on your birthday in Vancouver
  • old investing books taught me
  • swimming across the English Channel
  • and so on. 
I continued my retrieval game, and thought there was a strong preference for 26, but find there are 27, 28 and 29 things.  

We find a humorous moment at 29: Here's the picture for 29 things we do wrong every day. 

As we get into 30 things, we move into habits. And every year has # of things to do before you reach the age of #.  # should be the same number in the equation.

What would be retrieved with "66" - yes! it would be 66 things to do on Route 66!

Is 99 a special number? It certainly is.  Look at the quote it retrieves in proliferation.  I consider this a moment of pure cynicism.  Who would count 99 things they've done for something?  And so many presentations of the this pessimistic view.  Here it is:
"You can do 99 things for someone and all they'll remember is the one thing you didn't do"

And our pictures today show the autumn colours of Sumac, one of our native plants.  

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