Scene: Crazy Grad Mama meets a newly-arrived postdoc. We’ve established that I am a grad student.
New postdoc: “So, how many years have you been here?”
Me: “More years than I care to admit.” [laughs]
[New postdoc laughs along.] “Almost done, then? Finishing soon?”
“Well, soon-ish. Another year, maybe two.”
“How do you like it here?”
“I… I think I’m going to have to get to know you a little better before I can honestly answer that.”
I know, I know. I’m bad at small talk.