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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Mitchell


Mitchell is the second member of the legendary Buttercup Gang, with me being the third. Together with Kelsey, we're the original three that started the group. Like Kelsey, I met him while working at KFC as a teenager.

Mitchell is one of the easiest people in the world to be friends with. He's fun and easygoing, and he loves people. I can't count the number of times that one of us has asked him to come and hang out and he's replied "Ooh, I just came off an eight-hour night shift, I haven't had any sleep... Oh well, I'll see you in an hour." I recently summed up Mitchell's thought process in this way:

  1. Here's something I want to do.
  2. Here's the reason(s) why I shouldn't do it.
  3. But I want to do it, so I'm going to do it.
When we do get together, Mitchell's always engaging and energetic. He sees the world with a sort of fascinated enthusiasm that I find contagious. He can talk to anyone about anything for any length of time - a skill I still haven't yet learned myself. Despite his agreeable nature, he's not afraid to tell people they're wrong if they need to hear it.

Mitchell is a nurse. He only recently finished his studies and has secured a contract at a reputable hospital. I'm not surprised he got it that quick. His fascination with life makes him eager to understand how it all works. Everything from the psychology and emotions of pain sufferers to the inner workings of the respiratory system. And he's happy to explain it in a way that doesn't make you drift off somewhere else.

I have tons of great memories with Mitch. There was that time on one of our very first hangouts where he, myself, Kelsey and another boy named Tom went to see a movie at Marion cinema. Afterwards, in the dark, deserted carpark, we grabbed a couple of trolleys and pushed each other around in them, having races and flying down ramps. Part of the excitement came from all the stories we'd heard of people doing the same thing and it hadn't ended well. Luckily for us it did ;) I never saw Tom again, and I consider him to be the Pete Best to our Beatles.



There was the time we took a trip to the Gold Coast together, along with Kelsey, Sarah, Jerida and Juan. It was a trip that cemented our friendship as a group after nearly tearing it apart. We didn't know each other as well back then, so problems arose. But Mitchell was always the peacemaker of the group. He would laugh and point out how petty the problem was and people would begrudgingly agree.







On our second group trip the next year, he spent a lot of the time pranking everybody. So I tried to get him back by getting his shoes, putting them on the veranda and placing a full cup of water on each one so that they would fall on him if he tried to take them down. We all watched in fascination for the next 10 minutes as he tried to figure out how to get them down without getting wet. I was standing there with my camera ready to take the money shot. Eventually he managed to lift himself up to the height of the veranda, grab the cup, and throw the water out onto me. You win again, Mitch.




Then there was the time (written about on this blog) where we took the 10-minute burger and fries challenge and Mitchell's sole aim wasn't to win, but just to beat me. Purely because he knows how competitive I am.


One time we traveled from Unley to Glenelg (11kms), me on a bike and Mitchell on roller skates. Trying to catch the tram back with my bike in tow was almost as hard as bringing a bomb onto a plane, so we had to ride (and skate) all the way back again.








Then there was the time when he donated $200 to charity to make me keep my Movember moustache for another month. I bring that story up so often that I bet I could find people who would donate $200 just to shut me up.


And of course, there's the amazing new memory we have of jumping out of a plane together at 14 000 feet.

I guess it all comes from his upbringing in the country. It's given him a sense of extroversion unlike anything I've seen before. And it also gives him the ability to have fun and communicate with people without relying on his phone or the internet, which is pretty hard these days. He's a great addition to any group of friends and I'm glad we got him into ours.

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  1. He sounds like a cool dude and a genuine spirit.
    Glad your experience with the shopping carts didn't end badly.
    The water balls look like fun!

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    1. They're really fun, but you sweat so much!

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  2. With a name like Mitchell, how could he be anything but a sweetheart? Really. It's a scientific fact. Or something.

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  3. Ah, my husband and I are playfully competitive like this too (and my two oldest boys are against each other as well). :) I hope your friend sees your post, I think it's really awesome. :)

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    1. I linked him to it on his Facebook wall. He was a bit embarrassed :P

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  4. Awesome memories indeed. That is a great skill to have, being able to talk to anyone about anything. and being able to tell them to shut up when they are wrong haha the later I can do. The first not as well in real life.

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    1. The latter requires you to really know when the other person's wrong though, which is the step a lot of people forget ;)

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  5. This is a great post because it makes me want to 1) have a Mitchell and 2) be the silent, international member of your group, ha ha.

    Keep it real, Michael. :-)

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    1. Ooh I hate to tell you... We've already got two international members :P If you could find us a gay friend, we'd appreciate it?

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    2. Well, I can't personally fill the bill, but I think if you just throw a rock, you'll likely hit a potential member.

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  6. How great to have such a wonderful group of friends. My daughter has a group of girls from her days in the military nurses corp, and they get together somewhere every year. The bond with these girls is incredible. Enjoy your Mitchell and the group.

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    1. I find that really interesting, because I've known for a while that we're all too ambitious to remain in Adelaide. I often wonder what we'll be like when we all grow up and move away. I picture it like the final episode of Friends.

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  7. That was a nifty tribute to Mitchell. You seem to have a knack for making friends and keeping them... which I imagine is the main thing that makes someone successful at life. I have to imagine this because I totally suck at life, so I don't really know. But as Lord Throckmorton Fungusleaves would say, "That is neither here, nor there." Anywho, for your next challenge maybe you could track down Tom, and see what he is up to.

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    1. Gah Jimmy I think you're REALLY cool! The videos you make can get above 3000 hits! I've never done anything that popular! You're your own person and I love that about you. As soon as you become comfortable with that, you'll win at life.

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  8. Having a friend like him would certainly make everyday fun and interesting.

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  9. It sounds like you two have got a Butch and Sundance thing going, and I hope the ending will be a lot happier than in the movie.

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    1. Maybe not, at least we'd be talked about...

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  10. Everyone needs a Mitchell. Or to be a Mitchell. Or both. I hope he has read this gorgeous tribute, and knows how much he is loved.

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    1. He doesn't like to acknowledge it. He's not very mushy.

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    2. Tough. He still needs to know it.

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  11. You've got a circle and that's always great. But to have one really great friend in this day, is such a blessing! My favorite is always gonna be that sky dive :P

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    1. Hahaha that's probably mine too, although the eating challenge is right up there.

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  12. Good friends are hard to find, but Mitchell sounds like a keeper! Coincidentally, I've been teaching for 14 years and have yet to teach a 'bad' Mitchell. All of them have been sweet, quiet, and LOVE to read :-)

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    1. I did have a friend in high school named Mitchell who was hysterically funny but drank a bit too much and was a bit inconsiderate. I've spoken to him once on Facebook since we drifted apart and he seems better though. Which I guess shouldn't surprise me because most of us get better after high school :P

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  13. Mitchell sounds like one cool dude. You are lucky to have him in your circle of friends.

    Did I tell you I also worked at KFC as a teen? It's where I met my now husband. Guess good friendships come from working at that greasy restaurant! lol

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    1. Oh wow, that's so cool! Yeah I'm still Facebook friends with two girls I used to work with there who do everything together. You don't think of one without thinking of the other.

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    2. Also, I just noticed that your comment was the 1000th comment posted on my blog. Thanks for your input, I'm glad I know you!

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    3. 1000! What do I win? ;) Glad to know you too!

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    4. If you email a postal address to bulletproof-92 at hotmail.com, I'll send you a jar of Vegemite ;)

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  14. I think it's about time that Mitchell joins our blog community. Don't ya think?
    It's really nice, and rare, to see close guy buds. I'm glad you have each other.
    woohoo, comment #1001! =) xo

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    1. Ooh, I hate to tell you, but with my two replies, that brings you up to 1003. I hope that's okay ;)

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    2. Three's a charm. I think I can handle it, Michael. =)

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  15. As someone who can't swim, I feel like those water bubbles would be perfect for me. They're 100% more manly than floaties. Also, the fact that you were able to play with shopping carts without breaking anything is astounding.

    Mitchell sounds like an awesome guy and an awesome friend. Real friends - ones who are always there for you, are fun to be around, AND don't ask for money are damn hard to find. Glad to hear you guys are making the best of it.

    Also, how to put links in comments. Bam.

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    1. Think of how cool you'll look lounging in one of those at the swimming pool ;)

      I'll give the comment thing a red hot go, but it still looks a bit confusing.

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  16. Mitchell sounds like a very cool dude to hang out with!

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  17. Life is all about living and it sounds like you and Mitchell are killing it, in a good way! Keep on enjoying the good times so they keep coming.

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    1. I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere ;)

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  18. Being a nurse is not an easy task!! Good for him for finishing his studies and working towards his goal as quickly as possible. Looks like you guys have a lot of fun together. Unfortunately, though, I will not be able to adopt his thought process. My anxiety said no.
    Lol

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    1. That's okay, I'll think that way enough for the both of us :)

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  19. What a great guy! I have to hang out with people that are easy going. I have 2 sisters, and 1 is so head strong. She tries to pressure me into doing things. The latest: Going to Disney World. I just don't want to go there. I'd rather go camping, and mountain climbing.

    Being a nurse is hard. They work long hours. Cheers to him!

    I had 2 times when my kids were in the hospital for extended periods of time. I tell you the nurses did way more then the doctors.

    Sounds like a great friend.

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    1. Yes, I think nurses are more likely to have gotten into the industry to actually help people.

      Hahaha at least she's pressuring you into stuff like Disney World and not drinking like teenagers!

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  20. It's fantastic that you have such a fun and loyal friend who has no trouble keeping up with you! It's also great that Mitchell's a nurse, as you never know what could happen on one of your wild adventures!

    Julie

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    1. That's a good point, I'm likely to go too far one day ;)

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  21. I can't believe that throughout this post you didn't once mention the time Mitchell escaped prison. That's some Shawshank level shit. He looks so casual about it as well.

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    1. I didn't want the authorities to know that this was the guy they're looking for. His name used to be Robert Albatross.

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  22. Ah, where would we be without our friends? Nicely written piece about your friend. He sounds like a great guy.

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    1. He definitely is. I don't know where I'd be without these guys.

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  23. What awesome friends! Having good friends is priceless. I wouldn't trade all the gold in the world for my friends.

    And those gerbil balls in the water- how cool is that? My kids would have a ball (pun intended)

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    1. I agree - both with the gold and the gerbil balls.

      Puns are welcome here, but only when used wisely. Yours is acceptable ;)

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