I was visiting a number of organizations in the local area to request Pelotonia donations. I happened to stop by the Cardington Yutaka Technologies location. As I was walking into Yutaka, I noticed a Red Cross truck and decided to donate blood after I made my Pelotonia pitch.
This brought back memories of a dear St. Xavier High School friend Brother Julius – the chemistry professor. After a chem lab he handed me a Red Cross pin with the number 23 inscribed. He asked me if I knew how long it took to get to the 23 gallon mark and bet me I couldn’t hit that number. I took the challenge only to learn that at the 6 pints a year rate (max donation rate) that it would 30.6 years to match his accomplishment. Here I am at 63 years old, with 129 pints donated, and a deficit of 55 pints. To match Brother Julius it will still take over 9 years at the maximum donation rate.
Lesson, never think you’re smarter than a chemistry professor!