### As Easy As 1.2.3?

**This phrase has haunted throughout my young life as I have set about to overcome the cruel and unforgiving world of numbers...yes I find certain aspects of the numerical world to be quite appealing such as doubling my assets or perhaps adding to my savings account, but it pains me when I find myself concentrating upon numbers with letters next to them and wondering why on earth some fool allowed this tricky equation to come into existance. I am perhaps one of the few who still believe in the good ole a-d-d. No, not ADD, but add I mean honestly why do we torment ourselves with these greater degrees of intellect? I am not entirely against subtraction, multiplication, or division. I, in fact, actually liked my times tables and continue to like multiplication. But why subtract or divide when you can simply add and multiply? Two dollars plus two dollars equals four dollars...so simple and yet so grand when mutiplied by six lovely digits...Alas this is all a prelude to the sad and lonely unmelodious sound of pencil scratching upon paper...I must adjourn til a happier time when I have less numerical burden....to the mattresses!!!**