Because SB asked for some. And because, well, we are like this only. All boring.
"Hey. Its me"
"Ya, so I will be late tonight"
"Ok, call amma and let her know"
"Ok. No dinner then?"
"No, I am meeting B for dinner"
"He is in town?"
"Yeah, for a couple of weeks"
"Couple of weeks? Doesn't he have kids to teach?"
"Semester hasn't started na. So he is here to talk to us"
"You or the folks across the street?" (For the uninitiated: Across the road from the William H Gates building in West Cambridge is yeah, the MSR Cambridge office)
"Both. But mostly the people across the road. Time to be nice to them especially since grant money is drying up everywhere"
"Yes, yes, we love the Finn but when the time comes, we shall suck up to Bill. He has the money after all"
"Its not like we don't like Bill or anything"
"Now you are telling me you like Bill?"
"Of course I do. But sometimes, his stuff is not fit for our purpose, for the kind of work we do. He understands that"
"I am sure he does. Not fit for purpose! Is that why you con poor housewives to switch to Linux?"
"Oh, that is not our fault. We don't con people to do anything. People try different things and they choose. It is a free world"
"Anyway, so I was talking to B"
"He was saying how I am basically unemployable now"
"I could have told him that years ago. How did he reach this conclusion now?"
"Well, not just me. People like me. With the recession and all, there is no grant money. No support, no new people needed anywhere. So no jobs. Esp in the States"
"So what can you do?"
"Nothing much really. Stick around here for a while. Do more post-docs in other places. Travel"
"For the rest of your life?"
"Why not? It is a good life"
"What do you mean whom? For us of course"
"You think so?"
"Absolutely. What's wrong with it?"
"So you don't mind?"
"Why should I?"
"Because you always did"
"But you just said it is a good life"
"That it is"
"Then why should I mind?"
"Oh. Are you alright?"
"So you think its alright?"
"Dude, you just told me its alright. It is a good life"
"And you trust me?"
"Is there a reason I shouldn't?"
"No. Its just not, you know, normal"
"Well, I trust you. If you say it's a good life, I am sure it will be"
"Okay good. Oh btw, I need to book ticket"
"States. For dissertation"
"Oh. So now that's happening?"
"Yes, it is all settled. Sep 12th. I fly out on the 11th"
"On Sep 11th?"
"Can I use your miles?"
"Because I need it for later"
"Oh. I thought your firm pays for your US trips"
"Yes, they do"
"So why do you need miles?"
"Because I fly to other places on personal trips. And I might not be working with the company anymore"
"Wait, you are quitting?"
"Yeah, I might not be working with them anymore"
"Because of the good life we are going to have"
"I knew it"
"But I thought you wanted me to do my dissertation"
"As a stepping stone to a real job, yes. But as you are anyway unemployable, I don't think it matters"
"Okay, if that's how you see it, I can look at other options"
"Such as what?"
"Strictly speaking, I am not unemployable"
"You are not?"
"I am just overqualified"
"For a number of jobs"
"Such as a checkout clerk at Tesco?"
"That too. But also other jobs which pay slightly more"
"I am listening"
"Like you know, in the city. Be a banker or something"
"You want to be a banker?"
"No. But if are absolutely sure you want me to have a real job, I can consider being one"
"How considerate of you"
"That I am"
"You do realise I could say yes and you will be in trouble"
"What, you think I am kidding?"
"I know you are"
"See, this is the problem. The jobs I can get, I can never get because you don't like them"
"Yes, that's why you are not a banker. Because I don't like it. You have always wanted to be a banker all your life. Your true calling"
"Arrghh. Please. I have standards"
"Exactly. So what are you going to do?"
"I need to think"