Friday, February 13, 2009

10936 and 25:44

I am the happy owner of some cotton curtains from IKEA all the way from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Here's the long-awaited package:


I love them. They have all the right colors for my kitchen. Colors and butterflies and various species of flora. But something else caught my eye - the number 10936 is all over the pattern:


What is THAT all about? Of course I Googled it, because I'll be staring at this mystery number for hours each day (while dish-doing and spying on my neighbors). According to my research, electricity was transmitted from Hoover Dam to Los Angeles for the first time on October 9, 1936. Neat. But not all warm and fuzzy enough to entrance me in the kitchen. Furthermore, 10936 is an item number for the vehicle suction cup mount for a Garmin GPS, and a listing number for a promising piece of real estate in Philly, in case you're interested. I'm disappointed. I need to assign some significance here.


Which brings me to 25:44. That was Kevin's first-effort 5K time. His race is in two weeks, so he tried the distance this morning. While he ran three miles, I snoozed in bed. When he returned, he came through the door and nonchalantly announced "25:44 --- how's that?" Well, pretty good, mister speedy pants! Some of us aspire to running a 25:44 5K IN OUR DREAMS!!! Oh, well, we can't all be phenomenal.

10 comments:

Muddlin' Mother said...

Oh we were only about 10 minutes slower, .. back in the day,.. : )

Laura said...

The number thing is weird, I wonder what it's supposed to mean......go Kevin!

littlecbsmom said...

How about...10,936 is how much my friend Suzie is going to weigh after moving to Oregon and not getting out to exercise for even 25 minutes and 44 seconds?

Blah Blah Blayla said...

yay.. you got them!!! :)

Blah Blah Blayla said...

if i google 'significance of 10936' your blog is now the 3rd on the list so from now on if someone else gets these curtains, is perplexed by the number's significance and googles it they can find you... and be comforted... one can only hope.

Rachel said...

The number thing is totally bugging me now....

Jeff Hergan said...

We have the same curtains. I didn't notice the number until after a year or so. (What? Don't judge.) And like you, I googled it. I still have no idea what the significance of the number is. But I'm comforted by the fact that I'm not the only one wondering.

Ben Friton said...

Thank you for writing this. We just searched for exactly what you are taking about. It is now an identified human gene- gene 10936 is the "G-protein receptor." Yeah so there's that...

Ben Friton said...

Just adding to the knowledge here :D

Ben Friton said...

(PS the curtains we are looking at are from Beijing IKEA, and in a window in Maryland USA