Today we took another step towards suburbanisation and bought a reduced price number sticker to put on one of our three refuse bins. It cost 49p for the number 4.
Now, a better deal would have been to buy one and get one free. The problem here is that we don’t live at number 1 and the 3 would also have been useless for us. We could do a deal with our neighbours. While we are on speaking terms we have not yet got close enough to number swapping, or any kind of swapping come to that. We could make a makeshift additional sign – meaning, another sign as in addition to the ones (and fours and threes) we are talking about and the addition sign used in arithmetic – for the 1 and 3, but this is going a bit four, I mean far.
Another deal would have been to buy 3 for the price of 2, but I’m not sure this adds anything because the numbers are not useful for us and the price for 2 and 3 are probably the same as that for 4. I am left feeling somewhat perplexed and have come to dread refuse collection day in case arithmetic confusion spreads down the whole street. I thank my 4-sight in buying a home at this end of the street with a single digit and pity the residents on the adjacent main street where the numbers go into three digits. The hidden costs of home and refuse bin ownership test our 4-bearance.