I probably just used algebra in real life. I don’t know for sure how that feels, but it was vaguely the feeling I got in school staring numbly at the chalkboard and trying to make sense of the equation. Chicken World was experiencing urgent issues, and I had to leap to the fore. Two sensitive chickens, one injured chicken, one dead chicken, four specific roosters that needed to be moved, a dog with a hurt and bleeding dewclaw, and two hungry kittens, the kitten food in the van and gone. All my algebra teachers would be proud, and that was the first time.