Monday, July 13, 2009

Happy Early B-day Colin

My brother turns 30 on Saturday. He's 18 months younger but the closeness in age does not reflect a closeness in personality. Don't get me wrong, we do have things in common but we are quite different people.

I'm sure one could argue the root of these differences were his assignment to Mrs. Nelson's 2nd grade class after I'd had her for 1st and 2nd grade but there's no way to prove that. Instead, we'll just vote for nature in the nature vs nurture argument. Or... maybe it is nurture, he did always get better birthday presents!

To explain our differences I'll try to retell a story from yesterday morning.

Picture it: Decker Lake Austin TX, June 12, 2009, Couple's Triathlon. A guy in a volunteer shirt is sitting on the lawn next to 3 kegs of beer. A racer approaches the volunteer and proceeds to ask him a question...

Racer, "I have a question for you."
Mich's Bro quickly replies, "You've got the wrong guy."
Racer, "If someone doesn't finish the swim ---"
Mich's Bro interrupts him, "Seriously, you're asking the wrong guy."
Racer, "They told me to ask a volunteer. Just hear me out. If someone doesn't finish the swim --- "
Mich's Bro interrupts again, "Listen, I'm not the guy to ask. I smoke, I drink, and I don't exercise. I'm just here to serve the beer."
Racer walking away, "I'll go ask someone else."

It's important for each of us to know what are skills are. Although I'm sure I would've been able to answer, and possibly predict the racer's unasked question, I've never served beer from a keg.