By the Numbers
Some significant numbers recorded already in 2007:
9 - total height, in inches, of Shack.
12 - average depth of snow in Lake Chelan, Washington, where we spent December 24 - 28. It was quite a sight, let me tell you.
4 - average adult weight, in pounds, of the tiny little dog -- a miniature Yorkie -- some mom I don't know brought to school today. Its name was "Stanley."
6 - the total number of police vehicles seen in Glen Park today. 4 this morning, parking at odd angles in front of the BART station. The Jawa and I saw them while driving to school. 2 more this afternoon, in front of the high-end grocery store, which destroys my earlier theory about the gang-bangers on Arlington Street never shopping at Canyon Market. Two guys in handcuffs.
8 - number of seconds that passed before the Jawa commented, "Did someone get shot?" And speaking of which...
3 - total shooting incidents in Glen Park since October. Only two made the papers, but since we saw the cops digging shell casings out of the telephone poles in front of La Corneta, I'll call that one a fact as well.
499,000 - asking price of the 600 square-foot, one bedroom fixer for sale on our block. According to the sign out front, its sale is "pending."
7 - loads of laundry I have completed since yesterday morning. Sure, I'm tired, but it's a good kind of tired; the kind of tired you get when you know you've accomplished something of true substance.
7 - estimated total weight, in pounds, gained by me during the time period of December 23 - January 2. One for each load of laundry.
470 - cost, in U.S. dollars, of the perscription sunglasses waiting for me at the glasses store on 24th Street. For some reason, I had to spend an outrageous amount of money on something medically-related before December 31, so I obliged. Ironic that it's sunglasses, isn't it?
20/300 - my vision. Better make sure I've got the right sunglasses before leaving the house, don't you think?
50 - cost, in U.S. dollars, of the AT-AT walker the Shaman had proposed to trade to the Jawa in exchange for a number of other Star Wars miniatures. The trade was vetoed by the Hammer.
80 - number of holiday cards sent by us in 2006.
27 - number of holiday cards received by us as of January 3, 2007.
59 - temperature, in degrees farenheit, of our home this morning at 7 a.m.
70 - temperature, in degrees farenheit, of the maximum thermostat setting I will allow in my home.
72 - temperature, in degrees farenheit, that the Jawa and Sandra Bullock push the thermostat to when they think I'm not looking.
37 - total number of minutes required to read one issue of Entertainment Weekly, which arrives each Friday in our home.
65 - percent, in words, of each issue of The New Yorker that I actually read, which takes far longer than reading Entertainment Weekly cover-to-cover.
0 - number of times S. Bullock has shown interest in anything having to do with any issue of The New Yorker or the contents within.
480 - amount of credit card purchase those dirtbags who found my wallet attempted to spend at Stater Brothers the next day. Funny thing is, they had my Safeway club card in there; if they'd gone to Safeway they could have gotten much better deals.
100 - percent change in the condition of the Diamond Heights Safeway between yesterday and today. And still, no fruit trays.
77 - average age of Safeway patron, be it January 2 or January 3.
52 - height, in inches, you must be to ride something the Jawa was referring to as "class B" rides at Legoland. He mentioned this after asking how tall he was, expressing great relief at my answer of 54 inches.
10,000 - estimated number of Legos presently owned by my child.
26 - why do we still have all of these boxes when the Legos that came in them are no longer in them?
433 - ditto the instruction manuals.
1/8 - length, in inches, of the Lego he would like me to find. It is gray.
50 - number of Legos Shack would consume each day, given half the chance.
60 - degree slope of our backyard. We would someday like to put a deck up there, but presently, ours is the only backyard I've ever seen that you can actually fall off of.
5 - number of times I had to tell the Jawa to do his spelling before he actually responded.
10 - number of Star Wars miniatures you can receive in trade for 5 figures, if you are a savvy trader and one of the figures you trade is Jango Fett.
1 - person in the world who thinks "Jango Fett" should be spelled with a silent "D." That would be me, by the way.