Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Alternate Versions of Math
DH: Honey, I'm thinking that in about 3 years or so, I might get a new car and you can have the CRV.
Me: What makes you think I want your cast-off car, or that I'm looking to replace my Civic? I love my Civic.
DH: Well, the CRV has lots more bells and whistles on it than your car and it'll be paid off, so we'll still only have one car payment. Besides, I've driven your car in the winter, it sucks.
Me: Let's see, my Civic has 80,000 miles on it, I average about 12,000 miles a year, so in three years it'll have 120,000 miles on it. I may be in the market for a new car by then.
DH: How do you figure you'll have 120,000 miles on it? If you put 12,000 miles on it every year for 3 years, you'll have 116,000 miles on it.
Me: It's called rounding. It's what you do to make a point.
DH: Okay, but why would you round up? If you're looking to sell it, you don't want to round up.
Me: I'm not looking to sell it, I'm trying to figure out if I'll be in the market for a new car by then. The more miles I say it'll have, the more likely I am to be in the market for a new car.
DH: You damn marketers and your rounding.
Me: You accountants and your accuracy.
From the backseat: If you wait 7 more years I'll take the CRV!
DH and Me: No, you can have the Civic then.
From the back seat: Oh come on...