Saturday, December 01, 2012


What's in a number, anyway?

A lot, actually.

36 is the atomic number for krypton, so that must mean 36 is as strong as balls. Or repellent for Clark Kent.

It's also the ASCII code for the "$" symbol. I'm hoping that means 36 is rich - in wealth, experience, and value.

There are 36 inches in a yard, and when you roll a pair of dice, you can expect one of 36 different outcomes, including "Snake Eyes."

36 is a powerful number where religion is concerned. In the Jewish faith, God's light shone for 36 hours on the first day of creation. The Torah has 36 references of loving, respecting and protecting strangers. And the modern day celebration of Hanukkah involves burning 36 candles in the menorah over the holiday's eight-day period.

Symbolism all over the place with that one.

And for all of us academics, 36 is a perfect score on the ACT.

Who knows what this new year holds, but I'm hoping for a little bit of wealth, a lot of luck, new love with strangers and plenty of growth - academic or otherwise.

And, heck. I'd be happy with Clark Kent, too.

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