My buddy, Mario, recently returned to the States after a 9 month hiatus in the Phillipines. He did research for his thesis (MS in Anthropology) on the Filipino culture — some topic I have forgotten cause I was yawning when he told me. Yeah, people have asked, what the fuck he’s “gonna do” with that graduate degree. If teachers / educators made more money than they do (and THEY SHOULD), most people would not ask that question. He’s prolly my closest friend because he listens and understands, offers good advice and always encourages me to better myself. I can’t wait to talk to him mano to mano in May.