I had climbed to about 30 ft. — three stories — above the ground, and was holding tight to the extension ladder, when the voice called up, “That’s high enough. Lock your legs, stretch your arms out and bend over backward!” As I began to lean upside down into the void, I wished I’d worked harder at algebra. Train A is going 60 mph and B’s doing 70 on a parallel track. If Train A passes Melrose Station at 8:15 p.m. and B goes by at 8:27, when will B catch A? I didn’t know, and for all I ...


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