Last week, Laura Mays told us she wasn't going to give us numbers anymore. And then she looked at me, the retired high school math teacher. I couldn't have been happier, agreeing with her that numbers can be so distracting from the work that needs to be done. Just like outside the wood shop, when I pay too much attention to statistics, especially in public education, or even my age, weight, etc., I end up spinning my wheels....going down paths where I really don't need to go.
Case in point: I cut mortises and tenons following a given formula. I spent a ton of time measuring and laying out my cuts. First the mortises, then the tenons. The tenons fit snugly and I was a happy woodworker. Then I stepped back and took a look at my work. Ugh! The tenons are too skinny!! I had my head down the whole time working with that formula and I didn't realize I had miscalculated. Yes, even this former math teacher.
Skinny to the left and hefty, solid one to the right. Hmmm....which one would I want my chair to have?
The other day, Laura dug out her old Latin phrase book and came up with the following:
Apta Ad Rem----relevant to reality. It fits perfectly, I think.