Thursday, June 3, 2010

Meet the Wedding Party: Dan Yap

Name: Dan Yap

Status: Groomsman

How We Met: Dan and I met in 6th grade because we had the same home room. You know how I usually just say whatever I am thinking and only consider whether or not I should have spoken afterwords? Sometimes when this happens in school, certain classes get collectively annoyed at me. I remember this "class" being one of those, but Dan would just be laughing with me when everyone got mad at me.

Here is another story about home room. Dan and I would play Gin Rummy. I don't know what Dan's problem was, but he would take FOREVER to decide what he should do. While deciding, he would stare with complete focus at his cards relatively close to his face. As punishment for taking so long, I decided that I would cheat. Since Dan was so focused on his own hand, he never saw me when I would reach out, look at the top card on the draw pile, and put that card somewhere else in the deck if I didn't like it.

Favorite Memory: I was not there at the genesis of this inside joke, but Dan created a pair words: boji (pronounced "bo-ge") and boje (pronounced "bo-jeh"). They are both nouns that describe "a person that is so fat, if you pushed them over on a hill, they would roll all the way down." We used these words frequently in high school.

I rarely (if ever) have created my own words like this. So I found it really funny to discover one day in high school that Dan was not the first person to describe someone "as being so fat that she is round.

"...she is spherical, like a globe; I could find out countries in her."
~Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors (Act III. Scene II.)
I just read the context in which this quote is found for the first time and the whole thing is funny.

Now, even though Dan and I have been friends for so long, we have no pictorial evidence to prove it. All we could find were two pictures from Homecoming one year in which we are both in a picture with all the guys in our group. I would have cropped and use them, but we are not even standing next to each other. Oh well. Our friendship is deeper than pictures anyway.

Dan went to Brown University after high school. After a year, he transferred to the University of Chicago and graduated from there last year. He now lives in Chicago with some job that probably has him working in a cubical.

Here is some proof that Dan and I actually know each other (even if I looked possessed):