One hundred is a nice round number. However, the number has more than just a nice ring to it; it has a lot of meaning. Many important things revolve or are denoted at 100. Our monetary system, as well as most other countries, is developed around the concept of 100 units of measure. The number is how many years are in a century. In mathematics, the number 100 is important as it is the sum of the first nine prime numbers, as it is also the square of 10. One hundred is the basis of all percentages, as percent meaning per hundred in Latin, with 100 percent being the full amount. On the Celsius scale, 100 represents the boiling point of water at sea level. In American football, the field is 100 yards long. The United States has 100 senators, although that is purely a coincidence as we have 50 states with two senators from each state. What is not a coincidence is why I am writing about the number 100.

I was having dinner with family and friends recently and someone asked me how long had I been writing for Walls & Ceilings. That was pretty easy, as I know I started late in 2006. The conversation then shifted to how much writing that must be and how many Up Fronts I had done in almost nine years with the magazine. I calculated that I submit an editorial every month and for over eight years now, the number should be pretty high. After some further calculating, I figured out my 100th column was coming up soon, and this is the one. Ironically it also coincides with me embarking on a new career.