Monday, March 11, 2013

A restrained response

Woman: I make my own food for my cat. You can just boil the chicken, then it's not much work.

My verbal response: Yeah, that's not bad.
My internal response: Lady, sometimes beans from a can with quinoa is the most complicated thing I make all week for MYSELF, never mind the cat.


Professor who knows nothing about my work: Have you read about this new discovery? I'm going to talk about this news story and then introduce you... it's fitting that this story segways into your presentation very nicely... actually, wow, this is PERFECT to introduce your work!

My verbal response: It's very interesting.
My internal response: This has absolutely nothing to do with my work. If it was seminal to my presentation, don't you think I would be presenting it???

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