My Broken Tape Measure

Or Ego


Today I decided to see just how tall I actually am. I have been saying six-foot-two since grade 11, and in university the varsity volleyball team program listed me at six-foot-three.

Ed’s Note This was to boost their average height.

So today I stood against a wall, like a 4-year-old, pushed down my hair, and made a pencil mark on the new paint. Then I measured it with my borrowed tape measure.

Six feet, one half inch. Not even six-one. Now, it’s not like I suddenly look shorter than I was yesterday. And I know the shorter crowd among you has no pity for me. But it’s never good to suddenly lose an inch and a half.

Ed’s Note: Ahem.

And “six-two” just sounds better than “six feet and, uh… one-half inch.”

What’s the best way to present this? Do I round up to six-one (which still sounds OK)? Do I err conservatively and say a flat six feet?

Do I buy a new tape measure?

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  1. #1 by Una - February 15th, 2007 at 20:56

    You get someone else to measure you, because chances are, when you marked with the pencil, you angled it down, thereby losing an inch and a half.

    Or it could just be the effect of old age. Old people shrink, you know.

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