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October 20, 2008

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Oh, Edna's plight makes my petty little problems seem like tiny little cocktail weenies!

149 books... besides being the prime that jill mentioned, 149 is also interesting when you look at the digits individually :
1 = 1 squared
4 = 2 squared
9 = 3 squared
to get things squared away, i would consider one more number (since squares have four sides and you only have 3 digits above, you need another to complete the square) :
16 = 4 squared
however, i think that waiting until you've written 14,916 books before deciding what to do might be excessive. instead, what if you went through the anguish for 16 more books? if after 16 books the situation hasn't changed, then tell him that you gave him 16 more chances and that he blew it. This will hopefully confuse him and cause him to reevaluate the situation. Just my 4 cents anyways.

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