Monday, September 29, 2014

In which Primo practices the essential political skill of changing the subject to something completely irrelevant

Primo: My parents think I don't spend enough time with them.

Me: How much would be enough?

Primo: I don't know. Maybe two one-week visits a year?

Me: So almost all of your vacation, basically.

Primo: Yes.

Me: They have no idea what it's like to have a job today.

Primo: Well, not a corporate job, for sure.

Me: Your dad never worried about being laid off. He never got emails at midnight about a customer in Europe. He had complete job security. And he had kind of given up on ever being taken seriously as an academic, so he didn't even publish. He just taught freshman comp at a community college.

Primo: He didn't give up. He felt he had been wrongly disregarded.

Me: OK. Whatever. But he had plenty of free time outside of work.

Primo: Yes. We went camping a lot. Hey. It's not a community college.

Me: I've seen the website. It's essentially a community college.

Primo: No, it was more than that.

Me: They have firefighter training. Not that that's not important, but you don't find firefighter training at a tier one school.

Primo: You don't care about firefighters! You are against firefighters!

Me: Man! You are good!