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  • "You can make up a name if you'd like, we're just doing a scavenger hunt, and we needed a random person's autograph." I was trying to stay cool, but I could hardly shake the laughter out of my voice, as I was thrilled to finally chat with the man behind the stash. The man, whom we have seen many times before yet never dared talk to, seemed to be sizing me up. Perhaps the ruse was discovered.

    "Did you want to take a photo too?" Almost laughing, the man knew exactly why we were with him. He must have realized long ago that he had the most amazing mustache this side of the Mississippi, and he clearly enjoyed the recognition. We all smiled as I handed him the list, full of the mischievous and foolish deeds we were trying to finish before the other teams. I still have that signature; it filled up the entire backside of my sheet. I doubt I'll ever get rid of it.

    I can not help but think how strange it was to take this photo outside of a skateboarding shop, where we happened to catch up with him. After a few minutes, it was clear to all of us that we were standing with an incredible man, (He still wears those shorts in the winter, and Wisconsin never goes too easy) and he was not the fearsome man we assumed the stash-wearer would be.

    My friends were right that day; fear and shyness will only hold you back.

    As for the contest, we rode a landslide.
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