November 7: Philadelphia Dragon Boat Regatta 2nd Place Medallion

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - Posted by 366 White Elephants at 8:43 PM
Given to Curtis from Chris.


Oh the irony!  Chris and his wife were working at an art museum in Philadelphia.  One day, this crazy lady approached them to see if they would be interested in participating in a fundraiser for the U.S. Dragon Boat rowing team.  For those of you unfamiliar with a dragon boat, it's similar to a Viking ship.  For $65 a pop, Chris and his beloved got three training sessions, then competed in a race with other funder teams.  By the time they were done with the race, they thought they were going to finish third.  But at the end, they announced that they had actually finished second.  The reason was that the first place team cheated by using more men than women (there is some kind of ratio that you need to have).  And here is one of their 2nd place medals from the regatta.

Now, here's where the irony sets in.  1) Curtis taught English in Japan for three years and, during his time there, actually put together a team of ex-pats living in Japan for a Dragon Boat regatta.  2) Chris and Curtis have coincidentally been part of the same improv troupe, but have never met.  3) And they both have beards!

Curtis 187 was his playing weight in
high school
-Profession: English as a Second Language Teacher

-Favorite piece of hardware: Washer

-On 50 Cent's album Curtis, what song most represents you?: Come and Go because between going to Kalamazoo College and Japan, I go through different stages and then I leave.
-What song represents you the least?:  I Get Money because I don't have it and money's never been a major motivator.  My Gun Go Off was a close second.

-You're the commissioner of a fantasy football league and you've spent three years in Japan.  Import something from Japan to make the American football game better:  Japan is a group-oriented society.  There is a lot of diva-ness in American football.  I think they should play for the glory of the team rather than the glory of the self.

-You're the 22nd bearded gift exchanger.  Are you jolly?:  I don't think I'm jolly.  Jolly's a special kind of happiness.  I'm wacky.