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Subject: Harvard Humility on This Subject, Maybe Not On My Part


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Date Posted: 18:04:08 12/17/17 Sun
In reply to: An Observer 's message, "Some Free Advice For The Younger Generation, Possibly Including mrjames" on 12:35:33 11/19/17 Sun

One of the most wry -- and best delivered -- lines came from a close Harvard friend (is there any other type?) on this very subject.

During a particularly happy stretch in my previous bachelor life, I remarked to him that, in the previous calendar week, I had slept with six women. We were both adjusting to our newfound middle aged status at the time.

The mark of a great line is often delivery more than content. Without missing a beat or changing his expression in the slightest, he replied in pure deadpan fashion, "I don't even know if I could do that."

Does this story rise to the definition of gratuitous bragging if it's told on an anonymous message board?

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Date Posted: 11:30:43 12/27/17 Wed

As long as I'm telling stories about Ivy alumni and their funny nonchalant quips, here's a recent offering from a good friend who graduated from Wharton. He's the CEO of a big multinational corporation. When the whole Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo phenomenon swept over popular culture, I made a joke and then asked him semi-seriously whether he'd ever had a problem, given his position. Without changing his expression in the slightest, he replied in deadpan fashion, "I'm clean. I barely do my wife."

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