“‘Does anything excite you these days as a 12 year old?’ Being alone without brothers coming up.”

Any big plans for break? Well, we had some but then grandparents got sick. So now, no. What were the plans?  Go down to Missouri and hang out with family. Were you excited by these plans?  No. So are you excited to be home? Not really, but more excited. Does anything excite you these days as a 12 year old? Being alone without brothers coming up. Will your brothers be able to make it, do you think? Probably not. Why not? Severe weather warnings. Have you been out on the severe roads or what do you know about the severe weather? I don't even think we've left. Nope. We've been hunkered in haven't we?  Yeah.

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“She’s putting her neck out there a little bit, giving me the soup and everything.”

"Is there anyone in your life who has been particularly generous to you? What did they give you? One of our team members is extremely grateful for all the time her teachers gave her when she was in school." Mmm. Nice. I mean these days - I mean outside family, most the relationships I have are - you know, there's something in it for everybody. I guess my stepmom jumps to mind. I got sick. This was a while ago, probably like a year ago, but I got sick and like I live alone. So, you know, it's me cooped up with my Gatorade and chicken soup and whatever, and she stopped by and dropped off like kind of a care package with, you know, more Gatorade, more chicken soup, and a couple other nice things. I don't - I don't remember exactly. And that was particularly tough because she is scared of covid and getting sick and everything. And even though like I was vaccinated, she was vaccinated, she's still paranoid about getting sick, and I don't think it was covid that I had. I think I - I don't remember, it was just flu or cold or something. But it just meant a lot. You know, she's putting her neck out there a little bit, giving me the soup and everything. So I appreciate the gesture, for sure.

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“He literally gave us the clock off his wall.”

"Has there ever been someone who's been overly generous to me?" And absolutely there has. Probably around five years ago, I found out that there is a very old family business on the west coast in Oregon that shares my last name, and it's the oldest family-run business in the state. And so during one of our road trips, my girlfriend and I decided to stop by this family-owned business that shares our name, just to say hello. I don't have an extremely common last name. And so when I find things that bear my last name, it feels really special and unique. And, you know, when I'm on the road, I have I think more courage to put myself out there. I don't think I would stop by a random place in which I don't know anyone locally, very often, to just pop in and say hello on my own behalf, but that's what I did here. And my expectation would be that the people at this business would be like, "Oh, that's an interesting coincidence, same last name. Pretty neat man. Oh, well, okay. Thanks for coming in. Feel free to take a picture of our sign on the way out if you want." But as it turns out the owner of this business, he was this amazing human being, the most - one of the most affable people I've ever met in my life. He embraced me like I was family from day one, and really if we're being technical, as I've discovered, everyone with my last name traces back to the original man with our last name who arrived in New Amsterdam, essentially close to the start of America as we know it. So, he, the owner of this business, immediately adopted me as family, informally speaking, and he took the time out of his day to give me a full tour of the business to, you know, sit us down in the office and just talk about life, like we had known each other for years. We talked basketball. He started just pulling things off of his wall to give us. He literally gave us the clock off his wall. And because he knew we had been on the road, we were road tripping across America, he took us to his warehouse and just said basically, "What do you want?" And we're like, "We can't"…

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