I Went to the Woods: Inside the Numbers

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By Jeff Lund

Numbers are weird.

The math department down the hall likes to talk about the objectivity and precision of numbers, but in typical English department fashion, I think “Yeah, but what about how they feel”

How numbers feel is completely subjective and personal but provides important meaning to numbers outside of a simple measurement.

Two is a number of miles. An exact, precise distance. But life doesn’t exist in precise distances with no context. Two miles on a freeway can be a blink. Two miles from camp is a story.

Last weekend my buddy Ryan and I ambled down an old logging road being slowly

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