Here I was, posting along, knowing that I was approaching a milestone... and I miscounted. This was supposed to be the 100th post on this blog.
100th posts are a time for reflection and nostalgia, for look how far I've come, and look how long I've been doing this, and such. But then I just blew right past post #100, to arrive here at post number #101. So, no reflection. Instead I give you a parable (entirely true!) in which you may find some enlightenment.
Kirpe and the Hundred Beans
In fourth grade, we were tasked with bringing 100 of something to class. It could be anything: thumbtacks, beads, grains of rice, pennies, scraps of paper. We simply had to bring in exactly 100, and the items should be small enough to fit in a sandwich bag.
I don't remember what we eventually did with our 100 somethings, but it was probably related to 4th grade level math in some way.
My classmate, Kirpe, was "that kid" in many ways. Some of the funniest moments of 4th grade involved Kirpe. For the assignment, Kirpe brought 100 black beans to class. Just before we were going to use our 100 somethings, our teacher told us to count and make sure we had exactly 100. Kirpe counted his beans, and discovered that he had 101. One too many!
Kirpe did not want to be caught with the wrong number of somethings! He couldn't believe he had miscounted at home and was now suffering the consequences. Kirpe quickly swallowed one of his beans - he didn't do something rational like simply putting one of the beans in his pocket - he swallowed it.
Then, just to be sure, Kirpe counted his beans again. He now had... 99. He counted again. Still 99. It seems that the only time Kirpe had erroneously counted his beans had been the time he had discovered he had 101 of them.
The moral of this story is: double check, before you do something drastic. Romeo would agree. Not that missing the 100th blog post is anything to worry about, but it's good advice nonetheless.