My OCD partner at the time (in 2001) pressed me to start leading after only 4 months of climbing (mainly in the gym). Successfully lead Fingertrip at Tahquitz, then got tortured at Mission Gorge the next week on a 5.8, then Gallwas Crack. I remember it being quite painful. =8O
"As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls."