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February 22, 2022

Happy Twosday. This posted this morning at 2:20am on the 22nd day of the 2nd month of year 2022. Written in the European date format, or actually every place outside the USA date format, we get 22 02 2022. Stick them all together and you have a palindrome. A word or sequence that is the same backwards as forwards.

We have a weird fascination with numbers. I remember December 31, 1999. As the calendar rolled over to 01 01 2000, it seemed important. The start of a new century. A new millennium. Except it wasn’t. Because our calendar goes from 1 BC to 1 AD, the new century, new millennium started 2000 years later on January 1, 2001. (If it’s still confusing, think about children. The first year they are not 1 year old. They are 0 years old.)

I have a car that has 297550 miles on it. I’m counting down the days until it hits 300000. It’s just a number. But, I’ll celebrate it in 2450 miles when it comes up zeros.

Today, the calendar comes up all twos. And there will be gallons of electronic ink spent writing about it.

And tomorrow the date will be 23 02 2022 and the symmetry will be bone.

But, for today, we can enjoy the meaningless arrangement of some numbers on our phones.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren. Order Miscellany II, an anthology including his latest short story, “The Mercy System” here

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