About the Book
Do you remember "paint-by-numbers kits" that were very popular in yesteryear? We still have a beautiful harbor scene painted in this manner by my father-in-law. But have you ever heard of DRAWING-BY-NUMBERS! Well here it is. In YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY COUNT ON ME the numbers themselves have done all the drawing. These sneaky little digits were not content to just sit there on the page and add or subtract. No these upstart critters have usurped my pen lines and have made these lines their own. Why it's a total revolt as far as I am concerned- a "nine" that becomes a "nose", a "two" that imitates an "eye" or a "three" that mimics a "chin" (I probably need to join some kind of union). This isn't fair. These numbers think they can DRAW. My question to them is: if you guys are so smart, where were you when I needed you back in my math class when I was trying to answer those crazy story problems? Right before my eyes these numbers make faces with just the nine digits, plus zero. So I guess as much as I don't like it, YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY COUNT ON THEM.
Ernest Lawrence Thayer the author of Casey at the Bat once said, "When I was young I had a lot to say, but not a lot of time to say it. Now that I am old, I have a lot of time, but nothing to say." I've often thought about this quote during my life, I hoped when I got older I would still have something to say. Now that I have reached my later years, I think I have something to say, and I know I do have a lot of fun saying it.