Primo: My mom and dad were really negative today. [On his weekly mandatory phone call.]
Me: What else is new?
Primo: They looked at my candidate page and then at my opponent's page. They think I need to do something to counteract his time in the military.
Me: Like what? It's a little late for you to enlist.
Primo: They think I should modify my candidate biography to include that my father was in the navy.
Me: Who the #$@ could care about that?
Primo: That's what they think.
Me: But it's completely irrelevant.
Primo: They say it would show that my family has a military tradition.
Me: But it doesn't! Your dad was drafted! And he got out as soon as he could!
Primo: He did go to OCS.
Me: That's just because he didn't want to be bossed around so much. Your father's few years in the navy before you were even born have nothing, NOTHING, to do with this. It's not like he was my dad, who made a career of the military. It's not like you're me and grew up on military bases. Your father is just clueless.