A week ago, I attended a party in Oakland with Caltech friends. The conversation turned to our college classmates. (all names changed)
Mark: "William might be coming back to do a startup, if the funding goes through."
Me: "Wow, he'd move back here from China? That would be a big change. Did you know he's currently living in a house without running water or heat?"
Mark: "Why is he living without running water or heat???"
Me: "Yes, this is the question I posed to him also. He gave some long answer about pipes bursting, and how they have a water well. I understood every sentence he said, but afterwards I still didn't know why he's living without running water or heat."
... [later] ...
Stefan: "Tim performed the ceremony when Lina and I got married."
Mark: [to me] "You see, Tim is a man of the cloth."
Me: "Is he the one who's on the run?"
Mark: "No, I said he's a man of the cloth. He applied on the internet to become a priest -- "
Me: "I know, but is he a man of the cloth on the run? Didn't he escape the country?"
Stefan: "Tony is the one on the run from the law, not Tim. Tony is wanted for arson."
Me: "Oh, right. But wasn't Tim busted for dealing acid?"
Mark: "Yes, but he just got suspension for a year. He got fingered by another student, but he wouldn't rat anyone else out, so he ended up with the suspension."
Me: "That's really noble of him, to not tattle on anyone else even though it was done to him."
Stefan: "Yeah, he's a stand-up guy."
The next day, talking to my brother.
Me: [after recounting the conversation] "Do you have these conversations with your Stanford alum friends? Like, who's on the run, who was dealing acid, who is a man of the cloth?"
My brother: "No."
Me: [pause] "I'm glad I went to Caltech."
I like non-conformists.