(this conversation happens before the tests are returned)
OChem Dude: "Hey man, how did you do on that last test?"
Me: "Um... I dunno, I think I got WORKED, as I usually do. I don't feel good about it."
OChem Dude: "Yeah. I can't actually think of one question I probably missed."
Me: (Acting pleased for him) "Really? Wow, that's great."
OChem Dude: "I know, it is. It is really great. But we'll see. I'm hoping for a 98 or so, but I usually get nickeled and dimed to death, so I'm betting I only pull out a 92 or 93."
Me: "Wow, I hope that doesn't happen for your sake. That would be TERRIBLE."
Now let's examine what happens after the tests are returned.
OChem Dude: "So... how did you do on that test?"
Me: "Um (trying to avoid talking about it), I did ok. Not the best."
OChem Dude: "Well that's funny, because I think perhaps I did THE best. In fact, I have a hard time believing anyone got a score higher than mine. That would make my score the highest. I mean, after all, a 96 is pretty good, right?"
Me: (As if I need to or WANT to verify this) "Oh yeah. No one got higher than you. Mind if I call you Ace?"
OChem Dude: "You can call me that if you want. I mean, it's not a 100, but I think Ace is a pretty accurate nickname. I'm so mad about the question I missed!"
And on and on and on. At least OChem is over, so those days are over. I dream about one day getting a 98 or so on an Ochem test. If that ever happens, he will be the first person I call.