Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Calculating

Sorry, I haven't felt like I have had much to blog about recently, but when I did finally think of something, I had to round up all the items to take photos.

This post deserves a little introduction. I am, as an adult, coming to truly appreciate who my father was. If you don't know, he died when I was thirteen. I find myself figuring things out, finding reasons why he did things, finding answers to questions that I can no longer ask. I enjoy the "Ah-HA" moments when they do come. It's like sharing a moment with him even though he isn't here with me.

I had one of these moments the other day. I don't remember what I was doing, but I suddenly realized why my dad gave me this:

for my fourth birthday. Incidentally, it still has the original batteries. I realized that he gave me a calculator so that I would stop stealing his:
and running the batteries down. I loved to punch the buttons and watch the numbers change. I couldn't get enough. Even now I love to just play. That may be the reason that I still have this:
and this:
and that B.A.R. kept this:
We both want an HP 48G, but they are really expensive. In my search to find a good photo of one, I learned that the newest model is a HP 50. Now I want that instead. I wish I had all different calculators that my dad had over the years, but I don't and it makes me sad. I know now that he was a calculating man (pun totally intended). Mostly he was calculating how to keep his batteries from being used up by someone who didn't even know how to multiply!

5 comments:

Ian and Kristin said...

That is so funny! I think I have about that many calculators too! Don't ask me why because I don't use any of them!

Jenny said...
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Jenny said...

This is a very sweet post.
I still have my TI-85 graphing calculator around here somewhere. And I use my TI-30x that I got in junior high all the time. I think it still has it's original batteries, too, which doesn't really make sense considering that I use it a lot.

Julie Sherwood said...

I have an hp48G - I got in in college when I got "calculator envy" cuz my boyfriend had an hp48GX. I couldn't afford the GX, but I still have my 48G and I use it all the time - I think it has its original batteries in it too!

John and Kathy said...

OK, my dorkness is coming out. I have a TI 82(got it for free 2 weeks ago), a TI 83(bought it for $10 2 months ago), a TI 84 plus(to replace my TI 83 plus that burned out after many years of service), and a TI 89 Titanium(just to get me through 2 college courses 4 years ago).

None of them have the original batteries but all of them work.

I'm a geek.