Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Mirror Mirror

All semester I've been annoyed by this guy in my math class. He's the type of guy who is a little older than the rest of the students and therefore thinks it is alright to treat the class as if it were a one-on-one chat with the professor. He makes lame comments all the time that everyone already knows just so that he looks like a know-it-all. Really drives me nuts.

To the people that I sit with I have begun to refer to him as my class enemy. I did this once, totally as a joke, but it stuck. Now every time he makes a stupid comment my friends turn to look at my inevitable reaction. They always catch my mid-eye roll.

Anyway, for the last two weeks we've been working really hard on this project for the class. Everyone has to do individual work and use a program called MATLAB. Well, I came from an undergrad program where we never used MATLAB. As a consequence I feel terribly behind the learning curve for this project....a place I am REALLY uncomfortable. In an effort to totally immerse myself in this new language I talked to everybody about it. And by everybody I even talked to my nemesis about it.

Well, I dove right in and now have a program that works like a dream. When it all came together I think I teared up a little bit looking at my computer screen. That was a nerdy first for me.

I was walking out of the lab this morning with a skip in my step and my nemesis followed me out. I caught up with me and we started chatting a bit. I wanted to go because I was going to be late for Spanish class, but he wouldn't take a hint. Then he said, "yeah, I've only been learning MATLAB for the past couple of months and it's been really a challenge."

I said, "yeah, well, try the 2 weeks that I've known the program."

To my shock he replied, "wow, you must be very bright to pick it up that fast."

He is my nemesis no more.

I am so narcissistic.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

He could have just been sucking up to you. Maybe he has no friends.

On a related note, you should read the Onion last week about the guy in Philosophy class that needs to STFU.

Cory P said...

We totally have a couple of people like that in our classes. You should ask the Ear Doctor about Educational Audiologist Lady and the Linguistics woman.

Miss Hass said...

I HAVE one of those guys in my favorite class. He makes me want to reach over and wring his scrawny little neck! He actually said, in all seriousness, to one of my classmates: " I feel like [the professor] really wants me to be an example for the rest of the class because I'm a first-year PhD student." I take such sick pleasure every time the professor referes to him by the wrong name. I'm going to hell. I really am.

Elle said...

hmmm...was someone hitting on you!?!? :-) You hot sexxy chica you!!

the narrator said...

it's a little crude, but your post fits this perfectly