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The Numbers

As we finish 20 September, I can say that I have an obsession with numbers.

Back when I lived in Korea and taught English, I helped some newly made friends with their English. And in one of these books that they used to learn, there was this guy who was getting married on 20 September. And since then, 920 was the code for marriage.

The start of my obsession was with my father. He would always point out 11:11. Then my sister would make me memorize birthdays. So I will remember the birthdays. My grandmother was 829.

My birthday is on 10 August. Which, more or less every handle that I have will have 810. That is my code. Most everyone I know, will have a number or two assigned to them. There’s the birthday, month and day. Then there’s month and year.

So say there is someone who was born on 2/2/1996. They would have the number 202 and 296. But then 2/2 is the 33 day of the year, so then they would get the number 033.

The numbers thing is something I like to use to sabotage relationships. Though, I’m sure there a some women who would mind this quirk of mine. Then it is that I explain this quirk as way to show one of my vulnerabilities.

Anyway, I do this thing where I see a number that is a sequence, or possible future. Like I see 920, I want to see who I may marry. This would be on license plates, likes on social media and what not.

Here are some numbers that are a part of that system:

066: abbreviated for 1066: victory

214: love

086: cancel

Then there are area codes, zip codes, birthdays, combination numbers, and other numbers I make up to create a narrative in this fortune telling exercise. So birthdays are not something I will forget, or forget easy.

So when there some suspicious men hanging out in a car by my mum’s apartment building, I memorized their license plate number. And when my mum’s car was broken into and ransacked later that evening and discovered the next day, I knew the make model and license plate number of the suspicious men. 

Anyway. This is one of my quirks. Something I don’t usually talk about because I want to look normal.


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