24 DECEMBER 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® five kitchens arranged around one large room. Suddenly, I had to communicate with five girls every day: planning menus, ordering supplies, and cooking food. I also found myself needing to talk with pretty much every girl in the class from time to time. On Valentine’s Day, my school held an annual fund-raising contest called “Mr. Irresistible.” Girls would purchase red construction-paper hearts, with “Mr. Irresistible” printed on them, to pin on their blouses. Throughout the day, boys would try to get a girl to speak to him, and if she did, she would have to give up one of her hearts to the boy. The boy would then pin the heart to his shirt. The captain of the football team easily had a few dozen pinned to his shirt. At the end of the day, the boy who had collected the most hearts would win the title of “Mr. Irresistible.” It was during the next to the last class of the day on that year’s Valentine’s Day and I was in my cooking class telling jokes to the girls in my kitchen. They were laughing, but I wasn’t getting any of them to speak to me, when one of the most popular girls in the school, who was in an adjacent kitchen, overheard one and laughed too. She then called all the girls in the class over and they went into a huddle. When the huddle broke up, one of the girls came over to me, said, “Hi Bobby!” unpinned a heart, and handed it to me. I finally got a heart; it felt so good, I felt desired, important. Then suddenly I was surrounded by all the girls in the class, and they said, “Hi Bobby!” over and over again, unpinned their paper hearts, and handed them to me. I was overwhelmed with joy to receive all this positive attention from so many girls. It gave my confidence a huge boost. I received over 200 hearts and won the “Mr. Irresistible” contest by a landslide. A few days later, I got my cast off, and even though I could barely walk, I invited one of the girls from my kitchen to the Valentine’s Dance, and I went on my first official date in high school. Sometimes . . . you get exactly what you wish for! Robert Robert is an innovation/change speaker, author, and consultant. He works with companies that want to be more competitive through innovation and with people who want to think more creatively. Contact him via e-mail to email@example.com CUSTOM SPECIALTY WINCHES FOR WELL DRILLING AND PUMP HOIST TRUCKS Manufactured with your specifications in mind BLOOM MANUFACTURING, LLC Custom Engineering Solutions Since 1910 Independence, IA 50644 USA www.bloommfg.com P: +1 319-827-1139 P: 800-394-1139 F: +1 319-827-1140 DESIGNED FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE & SAFETY MAINLINE WINCHES 3000 to 35,000 pounds Up to 130 feet per minute SANDLINE WINCHES 1800 to 8000 pounds Up to 800 feet per minute WINCHES Wilson Cont’d from page 22.