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MQP Presentation Day - The Cover Story
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Tue, Apr. 16th, 2002 09:56 pm
MQP Presentation Day

Today was the big day. Pete, Mike, and I got together at 0800 to plan. I didn't have my shirt or shoes, so my mother was kind enough to pick up a shirt and a pair of shoes for me so I could pick them up at 1100. We had some problems in the morning, but we got everything done in time. Andrea and Nina recieved awards from the chemistry department today. Shep and I wanted to take them to the Sole Proprietor for dinner. I made the reservations for 1800, and even waited through Andrea's entire track practice just to invite her, but Nina couldn't make it. After talking with Andrea and Shep, we decided not to go. I was displeased with that, but then out came the real source of Andrea's policy toward me, especially in relation to Kevin and Nina; we are a quartet, not a pair of duos. Despite my best efforts to set up the Kevin/Nina John/Andrea model, I really haven't met with much success. In any event, I talked with Andrea for the better part of thirty minutes after we decided not to go, about all sorts of random things. She pointed out how I had never "torqued her off", but I had come close on one occasion. I joked about doing an experiment to find out exactly how much pressure I could put on her before she blew a gasket. When she said she had to get to her room to drop her purse before she went to Chartwells, I tried to physically block her exit. She cycled back, and ran past me, and I pursued, but I was in my suit. I never had a chance. She stormed up the stairs of Daniels, and I took up an ambush position by the door. For forty minutes I waited there, until she came walking back from Chartwells. She had anticipated my ambush, and used another exit from Daniels (which I did not know about). That was annoying. Afterwards, I chatted with Pete, who gave me a ride home. It was at home that the really remarkable act of the day took place. I was talking with Tom, who told me that on Sunday he had hung out with Adam and Devan. As he was IM'ing me, the fact Adam was dating Devan finally sank in, fully registered. The response was immediate. I grabbed my jacket, now in street clothes, and started walking. I went pretty catatonic for two and a half hours of wandering around WPI. I'm fairly certain I ran into Andrea, but I don't think I acknowledged her because I was lost in thought. I should correct that error tomorrow. Anyways, I just kind of wandered around. I don't even remember what I was thinking about. The big thing was, I guess, that I'm going to lose Adam over this. Devan's the perfect girlfriend; with her, he needs nobody else. He's already receded dramatically from my life, and that will only increase. Soon Andrea will be gone for the summer, and Rach isn't getting back for some time. Tom will still be about. That is comforting to think about. As will Pete. Perhaps all is not lost. How easy it is to fall out of whack by simple realizations.

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