Thursday, February 3, 2005

Partial Fractions

It was 14 years ago today.

A first year engineering student was unprepared for the rigors of college life. He'd managed to squeak through Math 21A, but 21B was not going well. The topic of partial fractions was beyond the country boy's understanding.

In desperation, he wandered the halls of his dorm with a calculus book on his head, moaning.

Suddenly, a ray of light broke through the clouds. A door opened. A tutor emerged.

She was studying animal science, but had a strong background in calculus from high school. She was taking calculus for dummies to meet her degree requirements, but she could solve problems like a real science major.

She invited him in. She helped him do his homework. She tickled him.

A hiccup or two later, they are living in a hotel room with two children and two cats.

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