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    I’m Odd About Numbers

    We are in the 11th month of the calendar year as you all know. We are also on the 11th day of the 11th month. This somehow seemed poetic to me as I was dating this column. As you all know, I’m totally into numbers. I especially am drawn to odd numbers. And the number 11 is one of my favorites. That’s because two other of my favorite numbers, 4 and 7, equal 11 (the number 4 is the exception to my always liking odd numbers).

    Speaking of numbers, the question came up, asHerman was beginning to build the new house, what our 911 address would be. It turns out, that the houses on either side of us have odd numbers. This would have been fine with me to have an odd number, (as I already told you how I like odd numbers) but the problem was, no whole odd number had been left between the 151 and 153 on either side. A suggestion was made that we be given 151 ½ or 151A! But that wasn’t flying with me at all.

    So, one day this summer as I was sitting in the lake with my aide Robin, we noticed a very slow moving police car cruising along our street. He was, in fact, making obvious stops along the street and taking notes. I really had no idea what was going on. We later found out it was a deputy from the 911 department looking for an error in the number sequence of our street. The thing is, we were told that even numbers would have to be on the other side of the street. When Herman inquired as to why the even numbers had to be on the other side of the street he was told, that was just the way it had been done. Always.

    Let’s talk about logistics. The other side of the street is a beach on West Caroga Lake where no one is ever going to be allowed to build. When Herman brought this to their attention at 911, they had to send their investigator to check out all the addresses. Herman got the call the next day. And yes, we didn’t have to have ½ or the letter A after our number. It’s a really good thing they sent an investigator to clarify this point when we knew it all along. My advice to all you guys: have nothing to do with building a new house, because it's SO nerve racking. Of course there is something to the fact that Herman’s house is the only even number on the odd numbered side of the street…

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"