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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Writer's Life 12/21 - Numbers

According to an article in today's NY Post, the Aston Martin DB4 in the above picture was left in the woods in Massachusetts for more than 40 years. It may sell for nearly half a million dollars at auction in January. Rolled out in 1958, a favorite of 007, it was one of the first cars that could go from zero to 100 mph in less than 30 seconds. Only about 1200 were manufactured, which explains its value. I checked several articles and none lists who the current owner is, only that it was left near the original owner's home. Maybe the British secret service will buy it and turn it over to Q for repairs.

From the Weird But True column in today's Post, in my own words: An Ohio math teacher gave his class a unique problem: "Tony can send five texts and three nudes in 19 minutes. He could also send three texts and one nude in nine minutes. How long would it take him to send one text and one nude?" Not surprisingly in these sensitive times, he was reprimanded by superiors for this bit of creative thinking. The answer is five minutes, two for the text, three for the nude. It was included in the blurb. I would never have figured it out.

Gene stopped by the floating book shop and I immediately noted  the red spots on his face. I assumed he'd had an allergic reaction. Turns out his doctor recommended a test for skin cancer. A cream was spread and the spots represent benign growth, which will be removed with another cream. Any that remain will be frozen and scraped off. Those will likely return. The others won't. Modern medicine never ceases to fascinate.

I got pissed this morning when my microwave conked out. It then occurred to me that it has been in service since 1988, when I moved into my co-op. It lasted almost 30 years. Kudos, Magic Chef.

My thanks to the gentleman who purchased a pictorial on Spam, the canned meat, not what's in email accounts, my only sale of the day, and to Cabbie, who donated four paperbacks. Unfortunately, I didn't have any on hand he hadn't read. I managed to put two hours in despite the absence of sunshine. Fortunately, it wasn't windy. My bank statement contained good news on the literary front - royalty payment four four sales at Amazon, only a few bucks but appreciated. I've also had an oddity regarding my rock n roll epic, Rising Star. The ranking of the Kindle version rose, so I assumed a sale, but when I checked it out on my dashboard it seems that it moved because someone read the entire book online. Authors are paid for pages read. I just hope it wasn't someone gaming the system, clicking through without actually reading. I don't need any bad karma.
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1 comment:

  1. Good post. I couldn't do the math either! We take our machines for granted as if they're eternal, don't we? Also thanks for the reference to the Dyker Lights in Brooklyn in another post. Merry Christmas!