Im 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, Im totally into numbers. I especially
am drawn to odd numbers. And the number 11 is one of my favorites.
Thats because two other of my favorite numbers, 4 and
7, equal 11 (the number 4 is the exception to my always liking
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 wasnt
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.
Lets 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 didnt have to have ½ or the
letter A after our number. Its 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 Hermans 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"