11/26. Met a guy while going through college. He was in my major and most of my classes. He was a massive stoner with no brains about him. He failed almost every class due to not trying or slacking off and was always in an insane panic the last 2 weeks of classes to not fail. He ended up repeating classes a lot. At some point, I decided to switch colleges. I graduate this December. I got a LinkedIn request from him yesterday.
He has finished his MASTERS in Engineer Technology now and has tons of recommendations on his profile from employers that he did internships under, all giving him glowing reviews about his work ethic. I left this guy in the dust 3 years ago. Sometime between then and now he cleaned up his act and worked so hard that not only did he close the year gap in courses between me and him due to all his failings but he also accelerated ahead 2 additional years and finished a masters. How the heck did you do that, Fred? I watched you come to class high for a year and then you cram 4 years of work into 2?
12/26. I have a friend who has dyslexia and is incredibly shy, even around his close friends. We did an electronics project in high school where we had to design an electronic game or a metronome. He chose to make a game and made this incredible device that played a happy little tune when you won and a sad tune when you lost, it sat in a well moulded and polished box and had a segment display on the front. I was in awe sitting there with my crappy little metronome that didn't even work.
13/26. A group of family friends and I went paint balling for the first time, which ended up having a bunch of the kids against the parents. being young and cocky, we thought it would be a stomp, and marched confidently into the woods.
What we forgot was that all of our parents were immigrants from Taiwan.
Taiwan has mandatory military service.
I was reminded of that fact rather harshly when I tried to ambush my dad. The paintball in my face pinned this fact to my memory forever.
14/26. I found out one of my (dumber) friends had the unique ability of knowing how long anything would take. Anything. She was not the brightest button, failed out of college, made terrible financial decisions, but damn if she didn't know how long it would take to go to Walmart, get gas, and come home (34 minutes). If you gave her a highway marker, she would tell you down to the minute how far away you were from your house. It was incredible. I've never seen anything like it, and she was never wrong.