Thursday, April 15, 2010


Scene: I am at work at 7:00am. My boss is on the way into the office for a meeting. He has called to dictate some notes for me to type up for his meeting.

Jen: Okay, I think I've got all of it. Is that it?

Boss: Well, I want to put some figures in there.

Jen: Okay....

Boss: Put the revenue percentages in there.

Jen: Which are....

Boss: Um.... go ahead and do..... if revenue increases from $120,000 to $140,000, what percentage of increase is that?

Jen: ........... seriously?

Boss: Yes.... what is the percentage of increase from 120,000 to 140,000?

Jen: Okay, yeah, I don't know how to do that and I never claimed that I could.

Boss: (laughing) You had to have learned that in school. And you were there more recently than me.

Jen: Yes I did but I failed college algebra 4 times and I specifically chose a job that required no math. You knew when you hired me that I was mathematically challenged. You can't hold this against me.

Boss: Okay. Good point.


  1. 120(x% growth) = 140.

    140/120 = 1.167 - So, it's 16.7% growth. :)

    And you are funny. And the fact that you think you are bad at math is a self-fulfilling prophecy! You are smart smart smart and always have been. So there.

  2. Oh, I can SO relate! I failed college Algebra 5 times! HA! That, my friend, is why I taught 2nd grade. NO Algebra required!!! :)

  3. I just came back to read this again because it made me laugh so hard the first time. hahaha it's so you to tell him that! :) btw I failed college algebra the first time too. smarts right here!

  4. ha ha ha ha ha ha!! That would so be me!!! Not a freaking clue!

  5. People, we may sing, but we can't do math. That's why we have people like Shannon in the world! Awesome.