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So, Sunday someone Dad knows from his involvement in all things Mark Twain was in town. Neither Mom nor I really knew the guy since most of the meetings Dad went to by himself. However, the first one was a family vacation way back in summer of 2001 up in Elmira, NY.

Somehow, it does not seem like that could have been twelve years ago. My mind went back to the Semester from Hell being over, being blissfully ignorant that no, it was going to be the Year from Hell. (Oh dear God, do not let there ever be a year like 2001 again.) I was oh so optimistic about physics and organic chemistry*.

This person was actually somewhat interesting to listen to. I got to hear about the differences between Jeopardy and Win Ben Stein's Money, which were many. (Jeopardy was very regimented in the taping, Ben Stein... not so much. Though they had no problem making you look like an idiot.)

Granted, the talkative nature of this friend meant getting less sleep than I would have liked. I woke up in an incredibly cranky mood, although that wore off as the day went on.

*The first semester of physics wouldn't have been as terrible with a better professor who wasn't operating under the assumption that we were all pre-med** and a TA who didn't have a stick up his ass about there being "no perfect lab reports, so he would give no perfect (20/20) scores. He also wanted super long conclusions with historical examples. Organic chemistry was probably mostly doomed from the start. Organic II certainly was, and needing to redo both in summer school very much worked in my favor in the end.

**No, I am not making that up. He had no concern about not covering thermodynamics because "thermodynamics from the physics end isn't on the MCAT."


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