Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eight ounces would be ... how much?

The other day I went to the deli counter to get eight oz. of Asian broccoli salad for Mom. The nice lass behind the counter soon handed me a small container holding just about one broccoli floret. Then the conversation went like this:
Me: I asked for eight ounces.
Her: This is eight ounces -- actually it's nine. See? (Shows me label on container.)
Me (looking at label, which reads "0.09 oz."): No, this is point-oh-nine ounces, not quite one-tenth of an ounce. Eight ounces is the same as a half pound.
Her: (quizzical look)
Me: There are 16 ounces in a pound. Eight ounces is the same as a half pound.
Her: Oh, yeah, I knew that. I thought it didn't seem like you wanted very much.
Truth is stranger and scarier than fiction.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

E-mail summary: May 2011

May e-mails
Work: 975 (44.3 per day for the 22 business days in the month)
Personal: 107 (3.5 per day for the 31 calendar days in the month)
Other (ads, etc.): 849 (27.4 per day for the 31 calendar days in the month)