This is an awesome thread, very inspiring.
About the fat quote: I have a roommate that is just like this, I do my best to explain to him that he needs to put on a little fat to get big and just bulk up. He is really scared to gain any fat. The other day he told I want to be a lean "165 and be a lot stronger" and I weight 167 now, this kid is 6 foot 1 inch, and a pole. He wants to be strong but does not want to put any weight on. I just do not get the logic, he wants to be strong and look good, but does not want to gain any weight. Impossible.
I have done a ton of bulk cycles and basically live on a bulk cycle and I am now 212 pounds and would be a very lean looking 200, I like that better than 165 lean. Just me though.
Moral of the store eat like a bear.