The first time I read the expression “3 nines fine” was in a book by Robert A. Heinlein called Friday. I knew immediately what it meant. She used the expression about gold in a conversation about converting that gold to currency, but for me, the image was much more evocative.
That level of purity of belief ~ 3 nines fine ~ is what I strive to maintain. I don’t always succeed ~ anyone who reads this blog knows that ~ but just continuing to reach for that purity of belief is enough to be getting on with.
I’m glad we’re getting on with it together ~ See you on the beach.
“Nines are an informal, yet common method of grading the purity of very fine precious metals such as platinum, gold and silver. Based on the system of millesimal fineness, a metal is said to be one nine or one nine fine if it is 900 fine, or 90% pure. A metal that is 990 fine is then described as two nines fine (or 99 % pure) and one that is 999 fine is described as three nines fine (or 99.9% pure).” Wikipedia