WILL IRON FOR FOOD

Sometime around 3am, I made a bleary-eyed vow to myself that I wouldn’t touch that damn Jedi Academy for 24 hours. I had just spent two hours on a “little break” after doing some very minor amounts of schoolwork. I felt shame, regret, and remorse. I’m sure those are sure signs of addictions. I’m pretty sure I could have finished my AI assignment by now had I put that much time in it as I did with the game.

I was so tired today because I went to bed around 4:30am. I felt so bad about gaming, I put in some time on my assignment. I went to one class, ate lunch, got my haircut, marked an assignment, took a 15 minute nap, and then ate dinner.

After dinner, I partook in a little arrangement I have with my friend Rhonda. A few weeks back, we were talking about things we hate doing. We both hate doing dishes. Then she mentioned she didn’t like ironing clothes, with I actually do enjoy. The act of ironing calms me down, it’s quite soothing. You can’t rush ironing clothes, so it just naturally slows you down. It’s meditative. Sometimes while I iron, I see other places, the future, the past. Also, the goal of ironing is to remove the wrinkles from your clothes and to straighten them out. From a metaphorical point of view, I’m trying to do with my life what I’m doing to clothes. Neatness. Order. Crispness.

Anyways, Rhonda came up with the idea that if I ironed her clothes, she’d cook for me (something I enjoy too, but that she is immensely better at than I). So tonight, I ironed a blouse and a pair of pants for her. I think I did a fairly good job. I usually don’t iron for other people, so I had added pressure. Get it?!?!!? Ha ha ha…

The funny thing is both of us think we’re getting a sweet deal of the arrangement. To be truthful though, I’m getting more out of this than her. Come on! A blouse and a pair of pants for a nicely cooked dinner? It’s a steal for me. To be fair, I’ll only get her to cook an entree or something.

And I’ll finish with the weird coincidence of the night. I was leaving dinner and walking back with Michelle who’s in 2nd year Med.

“Erwin, did you work at EA with a guy named Mike?”

“Mike? Yeah, I worked with lots of guys named Mike. Mike Wong?”

“Yeah, that’s him. He found your website. He’s my lab partner. He read that you live in St. John’s and he knew I lived there too.”

“Wow. So Mike is in Med too?”

“Yeah.”

Mike Wong, if you’re reading this, congratulations on making it into UBC medical school. I am sure you are one of the very few, if not the first, to have worked as an EA tester, then moved onto med school. See guys and gals? If you work hard in your SKU, write up bugs nicely, volunteer to work lots of overtime, and be nice to your lead, you too can be a doctor someday.

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