So I figured I'd write a small little app in Express (the framework that helped me better understand how Node would work on the server), try to comment it heavily and share it with him. I decided a quick little app I could build with some persistence would be a url shortener app.
I didn't structure it like a production app, as I wanted to focus on functionality and explaining what exactly was going on and not have to burden anyone with having to open a lot of files. Though in the case of the Handlebars templates it was unavoidable.
The source is available here: https://github.com/battlejj/urlshortener-example for anyone looking to see a simple app. It's not perfect as I wrote it in a couple hours but hopefully those new to Node.js might find it a little useful to getting started.
I have a little demo running of it at http://u.jjb.io but I give no warranty for how long it will be up and garauntee no quality of service since like I said, it's not meant for production :)