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    The Price for Loving Math

    I do not understand people at all. I am 51 years old. I come from a broken marriage and a scattered family. I graduated from two CUNY colleges over 20 years ago. I also graduated from a Bible College. The highest math course I ever completed is precalculus. I took that course in the Spring 1993 semester and got an A minus.

    My love for math does not come without a price. People in my circle of contact say that I am very strange. They believe that studying math at the age of 51 with no goal in mind is useless. They expect me to be "normal" and hang out and drink beer and waste valuable time gossiping at the local bar or street corner.

    My friends and family say the following:

    1. To study math at 51 leads to nothing.

    2. They say I am never going to be a math teacher or tutor. What's the point? I disagree. I may qualify to be a math tutor for the middle school grades in the near future.

    3. They say to I should focus on making more money and thus fixing my finances and living circumstances.

    4. Women classify me as a fat, mathnerd with no hair. They say that math makes me undesirable.

    Here is what I say:

    1. I am not addicted to math. I just love to learn.

    2. Hanging out at the local club gossiping is a total waste of time.

    3. Math helps me feel better about myself.

    4. I am not trying to become a math teacher but if a tutoring opportunity comes up, why not? I can always use the extra cash doing something that I like.

    5. I could care less what women have to say to me or about me. I have never been popular with females regardless of my passion for math.

    Questions for you:

    1. What is wrong with having a passion for numbers?

    2. Why do people classify me as odd for liking math at 51?

    3. What should I replace math with? Beer? Women? Hanging out in the street corners wasting my life away? Bird watching?

    4. Can you, the reader, relate to this situation?

    People just love to be mean, in my opinion. I will also say that people who hate "mathnerds" are simply jealous because they cannot solve math problems beyond the elementary school years. Most people cannot add or subtract anyway but they love to criticize someone trying to understand precalculus outside of a classroom environment. Honestly, what do you say?
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    How many times do you have to be told that this site isn't your blog.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by romsek View Post
    How many times do you have to be told that this site isn't your blog.
    I just wanted to know what you think of my story.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by mathdad1965 View Post
    I just wanted to know what you think of my story.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by romsek View Post
    How many times do you have to be told that this site isn't your blog.
    So, delete this post.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    I see no reason to get judgmental about any of these three options:

    Math, yes; beer, yes.

    Math, yes; beer, no.

    Math, no; beer, yes.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffM View Post
    I see no reason to get judgmental about any of these three options:

    Math, yes; beer, yes.

    Math, yes; beer, no.

    Math, no; beer, yes.
    The major criticism stems from my age and studying math. They love to say that I am trying to relive my past. What? Relive my past? What? I just love math as much, if not more, than playing guitar. I also get criticized for spending "too much" time with my guitar. I live alone. What's their problem?
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by mathdad1965 View Post
    The major criticism stems from my age and studying math. They love to say that I am trying to relive my past. What? Relive my past? What? I just love math as much, if not more, than playing guitar. I also get criticized for spending "too much" time with my guitar. I live alone. What's their problem?
    If people are really criticizing you for these things then you need to find different people to spend time with.

    I really can't imagine criticizing anyone for any hobby that is reasonably adult and doesn't hurt anyone or thing.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    I would guess that such people are scared of being different and probably also fear that they don't have the intelligence to learn something new.

    Of course, sitting at home all the time (studying maths or not) doesn't make for the healthiest of social lives, so that may be a valid concern of people who care about you.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Perhaps you could contact this person;
    seems to have problems similar to yours:

    My Numerical Agony
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by Archie View Post
    I would guess that such people are scared of being different and probably also fear that they don't have the intelligence to learn something new.

    Of course, sitting at home all the time (studying maths or not) doesn't make for the healthiest of social lives, so that may be a valid concern of people who care about you.
    True but I do not sit at home all the time doing math. I do go out and socialize from time to time.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by romsek View Post
    If people are really criticizing you for these things then you need to find different people to spend time with.

    I really can't imagine criticizing anyone for any hobby that is reasonably adult and doesn't hurt anyone or thing.
    True but not too many people in my ghetto area enjoy math.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Quote Originally Posted by DenisB View Post
    Perhaps you could contact this person;
    seems to have problems similar to yours:

    My Numerical Agony
    Great. I'll contact him or her later.
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Ahem!!
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    Re: The Price for Loving Math

    Moving on. Thanks everyone.
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