As a teenager, I was once asked if I would choose a flat million dollars or a penny doubled everyday for 30 days.
I laugh now remembering the man's face.
Cause I stuck my hand out to him and said. I'll take the pennies in your pocket, instead.
The rest of the men that happen to be sitting at the table with my father drinking coffee laughed. While my father was giving me dirty looks. The man laughed with the others when he caught the look my father was giving me. He stood up and started digging out the pennies he had in his pocket.
I borrowed one of the men's ink pens to grab a napkin and quickly did the math on the napkin for the penny doubled for 30 days.
Math was something I found that I was good at in school, and my father's father had asked me years before that day what the answer was for the penny doubled. I know it was over a million, but couldn't remember what the day 30 total was and one of the men at the table had asked. So by the time the man had sorted out all his pennies he had in his pocket I had the answer written out on the napkin.
I gave the man the napkin for his pennies, got gas money from my father then left the men to their drinking coffee and talking.