Comments: April Randomness

Have a safe trip. If you can, attend mass at the church on Jackson Square. The young folks will always remember it.

When I was growing up, there were no calculators, or they were not allowed. I learned math on a pad with a pencil. Also, I had no multiple choice questions. I had to solve the problems on paper. I did have an eraser on the end of my pencil, though. How the times have changed.

I hate to say this, but a lot of our young folks don't know multiplication tables, but you know this. I was always fond of base conversions. Fascinated, I should say. Look, I'm no where in your league, but I can solve a problem without a calculator. I once had a couple of weeks to plot an imaginary space ship trajectory. I nailed it...on paper...no calculator. I will never forget my professor saying, "well done". I had my original "paperwork" until they were destroyed in a house fire. Oh well, wish I still had all those pages, I was proud of em.

I still have the slide rule my father gave to me, it's in my safe. Nice one. He knew math...Harvard boy he was. I was pretty proficient with a slide rule at a young age.

My take on it is...there are some people who enjoy math, and there are some who don't. Some hit the challenge head on, and some don't. Math is for some, and not others.

I think it's how our brains are wired from birth, but I could be wrong.

Not that it matters, just my opinion. Have a safe trip.

Posted by Yabu at April 16, 2012 12:28 AM

I think it's a brain wiring thing. The kid knows his multiplication tables. He just can't figure out how to manipulate numbers. It doesn't make sense to him...

I think we're going to the St. Louis Cathedral.

Posted by Bou at April 16, 2012 05:38 AM

Cafe Du Monde. One of my favorite places. Ever. I dream of it.

Have a few for me. Just send me the bill for the calories. :-)

And have fun. If any of those guys with the red pom poms meet the 6' minimum, pass along my info. ;-)

Posted by Tammi at April 16, 2012 07:47 AM

Don't feel so bad.

My niece doesn't get math either ...

BOTH her parents are Accountants ...

They don't get either that she doesn't do math all that well.

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 16, 2012 10:07 AM

well, the kid is right-brained as all get out. Maybe he'll "get" geometry....

Posted by caltechgirl at April 16, 2012 12:39 PM

Cheese danishes. You just had to blog about cheese danishes. Now I want to eat every single solitary one in the whole wide world. In one sitting.

Posted by diamond dave at April 16, 2012 04:25 PM

Cafe du Monde is right across the road from the Cathedral...and it is so much fun to people-watch just in that area! And the French Market is right there, too. And I keep saying I'll get my palm read one day, right there in front of the Cathedral. I'm missing NO right now...wonder if I can talk my husband into taking a road trip...

Posted by Mrs. Who at April 16, 2012 08:58 PM

I've never met a doughnut I didn't like. I break out in a cold sweat when anything resembles a math word problem. "d" was pretty much the standard answer during the math part of any test.

Posted by tina at April 16, 2012 10:15 PM

The flag sounds so awesome!

I don't 'get' math, either. They put me in a remedial math class so I could graduate high school.

Posted by pam at April 17, 2012 05:33 PM

I had fresh out of the oven beignets when I was in Chicago last time. OMG better than any doughnut I've ever had. Wow. Hopefully by tomorrow morning I will have forgotten this post because right now I'd run out and buy up a dozen doughnuts after reading this.

I'm so sorry about all the math trouble you're having with Bones. It's not funny at all when you have to live through it. You're doing your best. Hang in there.

Posted by Teresa at April 17, 2012 09:59 PM