dammit i'm not even at defcon yet. but the countdown begins
now. holy crap i had a hell of a nite. couldn't even begin to
tell you what happened or how. maybe what. definitely not how.

i would like to see a reply to this within twelve hours. somebody get
this super easy puzzle to caesar and tell him aaronburke sent it with
blessings -

1. the seventh hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.
2. none of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. we got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our second boots.
3. the task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. the tough problem is not in identifying ten winners: it is in making ten winners out of ten ordinary people.
4. what the first teacher is, is more important than what he first teaches.

he doesn't need this hint, but it's absolutely directly related to last year's challenge.