Friday, January 28, 2011

Calculus: it's easier than you think

Tomorrow morning my husband is taking our two oldest girls with him on an impromptu business trip to Toronto.  This post isn't about how great of a dad he is, although I am gonna go ahead throw that in there, real quick-like.  What it really got me thinking about is how being in the middle of everywhere is a lot different from being in the middle of nowhere, and that fact is one of the many reasons we chose this location.  Hold on while I find out the average list price for homes in our town..... (cue Jeopardy theme music)

BLAM!

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Now by doing some elementary calculus I have been able to discern that $27K is less than (this is the little symbol you'll want to use: < ) $156K and a whole lot less than (as signified by this symbol: <<<<<<!!!!!) $399,851.  Bet you didn't know I was such a math whiz, did you?  So I says to myself, way back when before we bought a house off the internet, I says "this house seems like a pretty good deal".

Then, of course, I got out my trusty map (okay, that's a lie...I looked at Google maps online) and would you believe it....the house is exactly halfway between Chicago & Detroit, less than 2 hours from South Bend, IN (helllooooooo, Notre Dame!) or Ann Arbor (hola, Univeristy of Michigan!), and just one hour from Lansing (bonjour, Michigan State!) or Grand Rapids (konichiwa....um...whatever-school-you-might-have!).  And Kalamazoo is right over there, and Battle Creek is right over there....but we'd get to be in the country, on a dirt road.  With dogs!  And chickens!  But with wireless high-speed internet access!   And no mortgage.

Dude, hold the phone- I just decided to draw a circle around our house, the radius of which is the distance that Tommy will be driving tomorrow to get to Toronto.  Do you know what is inside that circle?!?!?  Everything.  Okay, not everything, but lemme just say that it includes....wait, I'll show you!

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Don't lie, you know you're impressed by my amazing graphic design skills.

So basically what you're telling me is that we could drive to any of these places for a weekend trip?  What is that, like, 7 states or something?  Pittsburgh?  Cleveland?  Louisville?  Indianapolis?  Milwaukee?  Chicago?  Detroit?  St. Louis almost made it in there even!    Man, America is cool.

6 comments :

  1. You're right! Although a quick jaunt to Normal might be more necessary at this time...

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  2. I'm so impressed with your math skills. I suck at math. *lol* The radius drawing is an added bonus.

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  3. Well done! An A+ in math from me for SURE!!! Sounds like you are in the perfect spot and I am now jelous, we are too far north and everthing is like 787 hours away, ok so Minneapolis is ONLY like 3.5 hours but thats it!

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  4. I am a math WIZARD, aren't I? It's amazing, really...

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  5. And don't forget Cincinnati! I'm excited to have made it into the circle. We are actually taking our first vacation to Michigan in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to check out your state.

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