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3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751…… and on and on and on…

Today is a day that brings back memories… it’s National Pi Day, celebrating the wonderful mathematical constant term… the “the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter“…. the one that goes on and on… the one we can’t live without..

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“Pi (π)”….  “3.14”… celebrated on March 14 (Month: 3, Day: 14)… And according to many news articles, today (in 2015) is also even more exciting, as it the date will signify even more of the mathematical number… 3.14.15, so because of this, it’s going to observed world-wide at the time “9.26 am”… bringing it to 3.14.15 9.26 etc…. the start of the digits of the constant, Pi; “3.1415926…”

You can read more about that here and here.
And you can read about the History of Pi here, hereand here.

But the memories of this day are more than that for me… Enter Mr. A.

When I entered my current job, Mr. A was away on business… working on one of the many projects that we were dealing with. I met him in between one of these business trips… everyone welcoming him back or requesting updates. He worked closer with so many other persons in the office, but to me, he was helpful and pleasant, sometimes sarcastic, but things would always work out… there was the good vibe…

It was an ongoing conversation as to what new gadget he had just hear of, or just obtained… where, AND WHEN, he was next travelling, be it for a vacation, or back to work and how many (travel) miles he had gained/saved… or the plans for his retirement… the conversations of music, Oh! that Cuban Jazz music… sigh.. and then the countdown for his anticipated retirement… that everyone would also help countdown with him…

His office white board had two (2) main notes on it:
a) how many months, weeks, days were left… (sometimes even the hours were written there); left for his retirement…
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b) Pi, the number written out, in rows and rows…. 3.141592653589793238… and not copied from a book… written out by memory (we tested him many times, so I can safely say it’s so…). Rows upon rows of numbers…

He would try to get us to all memorize this ongoing number.. be it one extra number from what we previously knew… or even ten at a time… one number extra to add to the 3.1415…

He even organised competitions between the department graduate trainees as to who could remember most decimal points of Pi… or who could recite more numbers in the shorter amount of time. He made it fun. He made it a learning experience… he made it a game.

And I remember being so proud, about being able to repeat the 10 decimal points to him… 🙂 lol… because it WAS a game. Because he made it fun. And even though it was only 10 numbers, he encouraged and congratulated that milestone… and then stated: “Okay! the next ten now!“…

3.1415926535…

It may be weird to have such a memory… but to me it is a good memory… And every time I think of Pi (π), I think of him…

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Mr. A passed away exactly two (2) months before his Official Retirement date… three years ago last October… And although he is still greatly missed, he is always remembered, especially by me, for his love and knowledge of Pi.

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