Day 343: Thiel Guys

Peter Thiel with BUzz Lab interns and SHA students

Pretty sure sheer adrenaline was the only thing that kept me going throughout the long but amazing day.

How amazing, you ask? Well, I shook hands with billionaire investor and co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel, took a photo with him, and personally handed him a gift bag on stage and shook his hand AGAIN with hundreds of people watching.


Sure, today had its downs. After my 8 a.m. class, I went to FedEx to pick up the 830 cards that we planned to give out (half before, and half after the event). I arrived at 9:30, hoping that they would be ready before the scheduled 10 a.m. pickup time. So I waited. And waited. AND WAITED. By 10:10, I asked for what seemed like one too many times on the status. 20 minutes, they said. They were being delivered, they said. By 10:30, they still weren’t ready and my supervisor had sent two people to come help me with the cards. By 10:35, my co-intern and I left a kind male volunteer to fend for himself against the vicious, unfeeling animals that are FedEx employees. We left because I was NOT going to miss the private meet-and-greet with Peter before the talk because of their incompetence or utter lack of customer service.

Anyway, they aren’t wasting any more space or time.

The most important thing is how amazing I felt throughout the rest of the day. The ONLY downside? I didn’t accomplish my No. 1 goal: Get a selfie with Peter. I got a photo. With other people in it. Taken by a pro photographer whose photos we won’t see for at least a while. But a selfie would have been PRICELESS.

Next time?

Peter Thiel at BU

Signed Zero to One book

As if the day hadn’t been exciting enough—with me finding out minutes before going on stage that the BUzz Lab director would be calling me (“the star intern”) up to the stage to give Scott Kirsner and Peter gift bags—I still had an exciting event to look forward to that night. THE PIANO GUYS!!

Seeing their incredible talent live was so mesmerizing. The technical difficulties with lighting in the beginning only made the show even more interesting, as they are naturally hilarious people, so I loved being able to witness their humorous banter immediately.

Citi Center Wang Theater
The Wang Theater is SO beautiful!
The Piano Guys at Wang Theatre in Boston
Not the best picture. Not the best seats.

The Piano Guys at Wang Theatre in Boston

The Piano Guys at Wang Theatre in Boston
Everyone posed in front of the holiday decorations at the Wang Theater.

Following the concert, with the torrential downpour from the day having died down, we went to TeaDo in Chinatown, where the lame attempts at celebrating Christmas amused me.

Boston Chinatown's version of Christmas
Boston Chinatown’s version of Christmas—ghetto.

TeaDo also has “Explosive Jenga,” with the hilarious disclaimer on its box.

Explosive Jenga at TeaDo

After having been up since 6 a.m., I finally returned home around 11, thinking about anything but school and reflecting on a truly unforgettable day.