In the last 48 hours, I have used algebra twice, and geometry once, in my current vocation as a professional musician/concert promoter/small business owner. I even had to solve the dreaded "story problem."
Yes, I'm quite sure that I'd have been able to find my answers by another method, probably trial and error ... eventually. But I needed precise answers and I needed them quickly.
If you're one of those people who loves to boast about how useless high school math was for you, you may want to refrain from making a comeback to this post. I've never been required to do a pommel horse routine outside of my high school P.E. class, but I'm not gettin' all up in my gym teacher's face over it.