|Re: I must be going crazy|
Message #2 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 26 June 2003, 5:28 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by bill platt
Bill posted: "With all this talk about the 15-C and its superiority, I took a flyer and in a moment of indiscretion put in a bid on one---and I won!"
Congratulations ! You *did* the right thing, and
at the prices they're commanding on eBay, it just shows all the more that you've really got what it takes :-) (i.e.:
money and a forgiving wife ...)
"now what do I tell my wife---ANOTHER CALCULATOR !!!!!"
Nonononono .. that's not the right attitude. Try
instead something like "Hey hon, guess what ? I've just
made a smart investment that will get us both a tycoon-like retirement". Trust me, that's not a deceptive statement, the numbers of HP-15Cs can only decrease in time (dogs love to chew on them, you know) and yours will be worth a fortune 20 years from now.
"boyoboy do i need a swiss bank account:-)"
Indeed. IRS clerks won't be very happy in 2023, when they
discover you sold that antique for a million bucks and told
them nothing. A swiss account would be the right thing.
"But you see, it is all about mental challenges----the fact that I am from Philadelphia, and that the inspiring mathematition Mitchell Feigenbaum is also from there makes me feel like "I can do that too!"
That's a half-hearted attempt to rationalize after the fact.
Face the truth: you did it because you felt like it, period.
"But really, I think it is Valentin's quiz posts---I just had to go get a 15-C so that I too can try them!
Me !? Gee, I knew from the start I would play scapegoat in this sad affair of yours ! So much for trying to enthuse people to love the 15C as much as I do ... sigh ...
Well, considering the fact that you've displayed bravery well above and beyond the call of duty in compromising your economic status (and your marriage) just to get a 15C, and considering that you seem to be fond of famous numeric constants, this is the best I can do for you:
Best regards and welcome to the 15C club.