See the resemblance? Actually, this gal is much cooler than I am. See her rockin' the pilcrow on her right thigh?
On the same day, coincidentally, I got a different package, for a slim booklet I'd ordered. It was carefully packed in an express letter envelope, wrapped in neatly scored and folded corrugated cardboard. Underneath all the layers, was this:
It's a very slight booklet for $35, I'll admit, but that cardboard backing, whoa. It's a little larger than US letter size, and it's about the highest quality cardboard I've ever seen in my life. (I assure you I've seen some top-notch cardboard in my day.) That, my friends, is some thirty-dollar cardboard.
LAST WEEK, WE HAD our benefits fair at work -- the various vendors had tables set up around the cafeteria with swag or other gimmicks, like the fitness people who would do a body fat test for you on the spot.
The 401(k) table had a "guess how much money is in the jar" game -- winner gets the jar. When I got there, there were two developers eyeing the jar just as much, if not more so, than the money it contained.
It looked like this:
and if you asked them to open the lid, it looked like this:
As it turned out, I guessed it exactly. When people heard, they wanted to know two things:
- How I figured it out, and
- When I was going to buy them lunch.
The answer to the second question is left as an exercise for the reader.
While I was explaining my reasoning to Fritz, Harry, the new guy who sits near me, wandered over. Harry had guessed incredibly close, through a very similar methodology. The only difference was that he had picked 15 x 15 = 225, and not added any salt to the result. We both agreed that the tricky part was that a crumpled dollar bill was not a good unit of volume.
Fritz had guessed far too low which, by his own admission, is something he does far too often when estimating the amount of work something is going to take. That prompted Peter in the next cube to mention that a friend of his from school was the third best estimator in Rhode Island. Apparently there are competitions for such things, in which you have to make all manner of estimates and they find out who's best.
"Wow. They really measure this kind of thing?"
"Nah, I think the judges just look at the contestants and point: 'You look like you're the best, you look about second best, and I think ... you're ... third.'"
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