Photo: Gilles Chiroleu, Flickr Creative Commons
Three decades. I've got another two and a half until I can retire. You'd think my department head would have realized that I've been teaching for six years now instead of just two. Dammit woman, I've managed to live an entire second lifetime since I was in ninth grade and was your student instead of a colleague. I didn't just cease to exist for the eight years I spent living elsewhere before I came back to this craphole town four years ago. Of course, you freely admit that you have very little grasp of the concepts that numbers embody. I'm cool with that. I'm pretty good at math myself, as long as you ignore things like addition, subtraction, and multiplication. I'd put division in that list too, but everyone sucks at division. Sucking at division doesn't make you special, unless you're a zero.
Of course none of this really even matters. I don't believe in number magic, but it's good to pretend.