Non-standard Units of Measure

slice-of-life_individualI’m measurement challenged. I simply can’t envision distances or lengths well. You say 10 yards, I say, “What?” Sure, I can do the calculations and translate to feet–10×3=30 feet– but that still doesn’t mean anything to me. So then I always translate to Kurts, my non-standard measurement unit of choice.

Let me explain. Kurt, my husband, is about 6 feet tall. After 37 years by his side, I have an innate understanding of what 6 feet looks like. So, I translate all measurements into mental images of Kurt lying down or standing one atop another. You can laugh, but it works! You say 10 yards…well, that converts to 5 Kurts. Oh, now I can envision it. 20 feet? About 3 1/2 Kurts. I got it!

At any rate, call me slow on the uptake, but I just realized that the most touted Covid 19 social distancing length is 6 feet, or one Kurt. I’m not exactly sure what to make of that. With all my practice, I’m certainly well positioned to determine a safe 6-foot distance now, but it’s a bit unsettling to have it linked to Kurts, my own personal measurement system, not to mention my for-better-or-for-worse life partner.

Just a random thought on this random morning…

7 thoughts on “Non-standard Units of Measure

  1. dianeandlynne says:

    Oh my gosh! I do the same thing. My husband is 6’2″ and I’ve been calculating “Joes” for years! This made me laugh.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I can’t wait to tell my husband this! I think he enjoys being the standard by which I measure thing s ;), but he definitely thinks it’s a bit quirky!


  2. Dawn Veary says:

    I love the self-deprecating way you have written this piece. Remember, visualisation is very trendy right now.

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  3. Anita Ferreri says:

    I am not good at visualizing what something will look like and thus decorating and planning home renovation is tough for me, so I can relate to your post somewhat. I do think, however, that all measurement is just a comparison, right? I am bigger, heavier than before the lockdown, sadly, but, I still have time in lockdown to slim down, lose weight!

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    You crack me up!

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