|laziness, impatience, and hubris|
I had to choose "feeling" because I really don't think of anything when I see a number. It's more a feeling. Like a number feeling "right" or "wrong."
I can only do simple arithmetic in my head. I can't do things like carry numbers and whatnot. I lose track of the numbers. The things I can add and subtract are purely conditioning thanks to a teacher who recognized that there was a problem.
When people say numbers, it always seems like I'm hearing them out of order and that they're being thrown at me. Even when I repeat them back, they seem wrong.
If I have to remember a number, I either have to repeat it over and over or remember exactly how it looked when it was written down. Unfortunately, I also have a tendancy to confuse certain numbers - like I'll often confuse a seven for an eleven and an eight for a twelve. This is in addition to a dyslexic-like confusion of mixing up numbers on occassion.
Part of the good news is that I'm fairly fast typist on the numeric keypad. I've found that this has bypassed several of the problems. I can key in a number like any normal human being. I think it's because at 90WPM, the processes is completely autonomous and I'm not quite seeing the number itself, just the keystrokes. On the other hand, if someone reads me the numbers or I slow down to think of them, I encounter the same old problems as before. Go figure.
The other part of the good news is that when trying to piece together which customer payments went into which deposits, the answers seem to "pop out" at me. Like today, there was about thirty payments to match to varying deposits (but of course, we don't know what goes where yet). I looked at one deposit for $7892.11 and looked at the payments list to see which ones might have gone into that deposit, and two numbers popped out: $5245.05 and $2647.06. It happens all the time, and I can't explain it. But my co-workers are jealous :)
If anyone's got a similar problem and has better work-arounds, please let me know.