Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

An Elevator Puzzle From Real Life

In the elevator going up to my office, the floor is listed on a standard old-school digital display, where parts of an 8 light up. On one such elevator, several of the lights in the display are missing or burned out. So here are the following true facts, which I have turned into a puzzle:

1. When traveling from the lobby to my office, only twice does the display read an actual number. The first is 7. Three floors later, it reads 17.
2. My floor is next.

Question 1: What floor do I work on?
Question 2: At two points in this journey (including on the two floors between 7 and 17), the elevator rider is shown a pair of back-to-back non-number symbols that are exactly the same for two consecutive floors. What are those symbols?
Question 3: For that matter, which parts of the 8 are burned out?


Blogger Tristram Shandy said...

Okay, I’ll bite.

1. 11.
2. A backward “F.”
3. The two segments on the left-hand side, plus the one on the bottom.

7/12/2006 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, my coffee hadn’t kicked in earlier, and I began to think that maybe I should have kept my answers to myself… Not shared with the rest of the class, as it were.

My apologies.

7/12/2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger Tristram Shandy said...

Now, just to add further confusion, why did my last comment show up as “anonymous”? I’ve been logged in the whole time!

Sigh. No blogging before breakfast for me.

7/12/2006 9:45 AM  

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