Last week I had a bunch of letters (with set of pictures making them heavier) and a few small packages that I needed to mail out. We have a mailroom at work, but they don’t accept cash. We have to put the money on our employee ID cards and pay that way. Around the expensive holiday season, I didn’t want to put any more money on my card than I had to, so I stopped by the mailroom to get an estimate first.
The mailroom guy weighed one of the letters and told me about how much each one would be. He started looking for the calculator to multiply it by how many letters I had. I jokingly said I would figure out how much it would be before he could find the calculator.
Wouldn’t you know that by the time he got the calculator and got the numbers punched in, I had an answer for him (that was correct within pennies).
I guess there has to be some sort of fringe benefit for being forced to do quick addition and multiplication (but certainly no subtraction or division!*) at every meal! Keeps those math skills fresh!
*Subtraction and division would imply that I skip food or eat smaller portions! 🙂