But Jon, I was in 7th grade, so that means I still had the homework habits from my Soviet era (of two years prior). And I was put in the wrong grade when we arrived, into 6th grade, so let’s see.. I was 13 years old. Truth to power! That was the last time I ever got anything above a C in math or math-related subject. I even remember what time it was when I told my parents, because it was dark outside. This is no bull story. The only thing I don’t recollect was how I got that A. It seems now a sort of miraculous thing, an aberration. Probably because it was. Sigh.

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