Thursday, August 30, 2018
Flagstaff, AZ 1899
I love numbers, if I knew what to do with them I coulda been an engineer. Funny that. My girl loves games. When Sudoku became a biggie she was right there. She isn’t a numbers person, even hates to add up her score in dominoes. I declare if she was a teenager now she would play all the ‘video games’ and win.
I loved math in school. When Algebra came along in the 8th grade, I loved it. Mrs. Brevard in Valdese Jr High could teach some Algebra. She was a slender woman and seemed to always wear bright red lipstick. She had jet black hair that pronounced her lite skin. Algebra was a game to me. I was wondering today if I could still find a ‘square-root’ without a calculator.
Both our sons are good in math, with Jack Jr having a little more interest and depth. Sherry and I were disappointed when they followed my footsteps and dropped out of school. My dad did not graduate, he only finished the third grade before becoming a full time farmhand, and he had no choice. When I saw my dad successful I figured, why bother. I never realized the nights and summers he studied to catch up. I was shamed because I think my boys said the same about me but I don’t know.
The carpenters college, a framing square. Note the many numbers, representing hundreds of formulas.
When you see an old carpenter ‘reading a framing square’ he is using formulas to cut rafters and steps, never realizing he is doing something the average college grad could not do.
(Knowing how to use this tool, you could frame a skyscraper and build stairs all the way to the top!)
Sorry about the numbers they just popped in my mind. Save that formula, you never know when you might be asked to pour a footing for a skyscraper!