We have reached graduation.
AARON: That water is going to be freezing.
Some people would suggest a firewalk.
BRAD: Those people belong in straight-jackets.
AJ: Wait, we're getting naked, right?
I thought that nothing would be more symbolic of this amazing summer journey than a walk into the ocean.
ANTHONY: My nipples are already hard.
I hadn't anticipated such a drastic weather change.
ALICIA: Kevin, it's going to be freezing.
AARON: Can't we just dip our toes in?
ME: No way! We are all going to do this! Besides, we all spent money on new bathing suits, didn't we?
AJ: I repeat, I thought we were getting naked.
I didn't care if I was walking into freezing cold water. I had won my bet with Brad, and in the process, had made four new friends.
BRAD: I'd cry if my tear ducts weren't frozen.
ME: Admit it, Brad. I did it.
BRAD: Yes, you did. I guess I'll have to get you next time, Gadget.
ANTHONY: Let's do this already!
We all ran--it was the only way.
We ran right into the water, and instantly began screaming.
They were screams of joy...mostly joy...a little bit of joy.
A lot of cold.
ALICIA: I think I just went barren.
AJ: HOLY F**K!
AARON: Is that a sheet of ice?
ANTHONY: Kev, I thought we were being rewarded? Kev?
Brad and I had made it a few feet in, then ran back out again onto the sand.
I told myself I was admiring the tableau of the proteges-turned-graduates in the water.
In reality, I was just plain old f**king freezing.
BRAD: Is this it? Is this the end?
ME: Yes, Brad. Summer's over. It's cold. This is it.
BRAD: So you wouldn't be interested in...?
ME: In what?
BRAD: Well, I was thinking maybe...double or nothing?
ME: No. No. No!
That was when he took the five hundred dollars out of his pocket.
BRAD: One for every new little bird you teach to fly.
And I thought--Don't be greedy. Don't be crazy. Just say--
ME: Make it six fifty.
Spring semester, anyone?