Tre, Michael, Naomi and I were at the Mall of America last night hanging out. We tried a burger joint that was supposed to be organic and fresh called Burger Burger.
Since I talk to anybody I saw a couple while we were in line and asked them what burger should we get. The lady said get the one with everything on it. I can’t remember what it is called but the name “John Wayne” rings a bell.
Everyone got the basic burger with American cheese and fresh cut fries. I believe Naomi was really hungry because she ate most of hers.
When we sat down the lady I asked about the burger came over and asked us if we liked our food. I said we did and I thanked her for giving us a recommendation.
Then the lady says she thinks she has seen us somewhere and named all these places that she thought she could have met me and my son Tre. Usually you politely say “No, you have me mixed up with someone else” or “No, you got the wrong guy” and try to leave. Something said, “Hang around for a minute, there is a reason for this.”
So we figured out that the lady was a neurosurgeon who just moved her to complete her residency program at the University of Minnesota. She saw Tre and I at a lecture that Tre invited me to attend a few weeks ago on natural-language processing (my son wants to build a Jarvis and get into artificial intelligence while studying computer science) and it was held in the medical school auditorium.
Then she asked Tre where he wants to go to college. Tre told her he has a couple of Ivy League schools on his list but hasn’t made a decision yet. The lady then proceeds to tell us that she is both a Yale and Harvard grad. The conversation immediately shifted to providing information for Tre to consider as he looks at Yale as one of his schools. She talked about admissions, the campus, the diversity and challenges there, and offered to connect with him the closer he gets to applying to help with recommendations.
All of that from deciding to eat organic burgers right?
So now we have a contact to help Tre with his college admissions search that can provide him insight on Yale as a choice. I think that’s awesome.
And it only cost me $46.