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  • This was the night before our final presentation. Alex never, ever has posed or smiled for the camera. In fact, as I review the digital scrapbook I've been creating as part of my therapy of leaving my job, I've noticed that while Alex was one of my closest mentors, I have about 3 photos of his face.

    Andrew's hair was a mess and Jamil was just flabbergasted by what was going on.

    I don't have a photo of Josh, my one-man team from that night - but he and I were anxious to wrap up the case, and actively trying to refine the model and presentation.

    Andrew didn't care for the summary page, and Alex our fearless leader snapped at him, "Then you write it. I'm through."

    Josh and I continued to sit in awkward, hushed tones to refine the model and the presentation. Andrew was embarrassed and actually engaged on writing the slide. Jamil pondered. Alex, happy when Andrew was through, smiled triumphantly (if a bit sarcastically) and exited as a champion would.

    Other things I remember:

    • When Josh and I finally left, we accidentally broke the door of the SF office. Hinge grease poured down at 2:30am and we had no idea what to do since we had to be up in about 3 hours to turn comments from Alex.

    • Making Josh get me a bunch of cupcakes from miette... I ate the dozen and after 20 minutes, Josh didn't notice and asked if he could have one. He was just appalled that there were none left.

    • The next day (of the final presentation), with Jamil demanding that Josh return with the baguette he liked and soup.

    • During the final, we remember the head of Marketing making some good points... and then loudly, and uncharacteristically, breaking out into insane cackling. We laughed at the cackling, but hopefully he thought we were just acknowledging his good humor.

    • Chastising Josh for being a bit of a DB when teaching the client how to use the text to columns functionality in Excel
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