Fifty-Five

Classic

Today’s the day.

A birth day: fifty-five years ago, today.

Born in 1955, I’m turning 55, within the tenth month, of this year 2010.

As a Numbers Guy, a Certified Public Accountant, I wonder if it was by design, or simply the hand of fate, that fifty-five is so rich in meaning.

Fifty-five has the interesting property that it is the 10th Fibonacci number and the sum of the numbers 1 to 10.  It is a heptagonal number, a centered nonagonal number, and a triangular number (the sum of the numbers 1 to 10) and a square pyramidal number (the sum of the squares of the integers 1 to 5). It is also a Fibonacci number (the largest Fibonacci number to also be a triangular number) and a Kaprekar number.

The common theme in the above: squares and triangles.

A couple observations are worthy of being dovetailed into this world of numbers and shapes.

Builders use a Square to keep their designs, and creations, uniform and true. From the foundations to the last piece of trim, square is the focus of precision. Thus, originates the professional tagline of Building Bright Financial Futures.

At the beginning of this building career and while attending a continuing education seminar, the presenter made a comment that there were a few of us in the room with arms folded across our chest thinking, “I can do that. In fact, I can do that better!” To this day, I’m impressed with his powers of observation and insight.

Then he went on and asked the room to draw a Triangle at the top of a page, a Square under that, a Rectangle under that, a Circle under that, and, finally, a Wavy-line at the bottom of the page. We were asked to place a checkmark by the image representative of our persona. I placed mine at the apex of the Triangle.

Desirous of the Truth; Passionate about Pinnacles: Yes, that is the sum of who I am.

To continue the great sport of 1955, Fifty-five, and Twenty-ten, I see that:

1955 can be massaged into 1 + 9 = 10; and, 5 + 5 = 10

Numerically, Fifty-five is 55; and, can transfigure into 5 + 5 = 10

Twenty-ten is this year of 2010; formed from the two tens of 1955 and the one ten of 55

Can it get any better than that?!

Beyond the numbers, 1955 was a year of Classics. From Chevys, to Fords, Corvettes to T-Birds, that year is one of distinction.

Classic

adj.

1.

a. Belonging to the highest rank or class.

b. Serving as the established model or standard.

c. Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.

2.

a. Adhering or conforming to established standards and principles.

b. Of a well-known type; typical.

3. Of or characteristic of the literature, art, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome; classical.

4.

a. Formal, refined, and restrained in style.

b. Simple and harmonious; elegant.

5. Having historical or literary associations.

n.

1. An artist, author, or work generally considered to be of the highest rank or excellence, especially one of enduring significance.

2. A work recognized as definitive in its field.

3.

a. A literary work of ancient Greece or Rome.

b. classics The languages and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Used with the.

c. One that is of the highest rank or class: The car was a classic of automotive design.

4. A typical or traditional example.

5. Informal A superior or unusual example of its kind.

6. A traditional event, especially a major sporting event that is held annually.

Whether a Square, a Triangle, or a Classic, I know for a fact that I’m one of a kind.

Just like You!

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