Stephanie says that she wants to knowHow many years of her life did Stephanie give to people she hates now, approximately? Let X be the number of years. Because X is half her life, she is now 2X years old.

Why she's given half her life to people she hates now

("Stephanie Says," The Velvet Underground)

Let A be the number of years she lived before she began giving her life to those people, and B the number of years she has lived since she stopped. (B might be zero if the break with the hateful people is very recent.) Then we have:

A + X + B = Stephanie's life span so far = 2Xand by subtraction:

A + B = XI don't think you can begin giving your life to anyone before the age of consent, so A is at least 16 (lowest age of consent in the US); B could be as low as zero. Lou Reed was 26 when he recorded the song, and he wouldn't write a song about a woman who's a lot older. Stephanie shouldn't be older than 44, so A + B (half her life span) is less than 22. Substituting X for A + B:

X is greater than 16 and less than 22. QEDOof, such a long time--what an icy feeling! It's so cold in Alaska!

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