Monday, November 16, 2009


I deal with a certain level of awkwardness every day. Huzzah for CS grad school. It has taught me that often, silence is the best response.

Just now, in the lab, with awkward coworker P.:

P: Hello, beautiful girl.
L: Hello, P.
P: (laughs at my curtness) You are a mathematician, no?
L: They tell me so.
P: Do you know anything about representation theory?
L: (apologetic shrug) No.
P: You have very beautiful eyes, you know?
L: Thank you.
P: I am not trying to hit on you.
L: I know.
P: You do?
L: ...
P. hovers as if to say something, then thinks better of it and walks away.

This post's theme word: pretermit, "to let pass without mention," or "to suspend or to leave undone. "


George said...

Representation theory is awesome! I have a book on the representation theory of groups if you want to borrow.

Robert said...

I hoped you enjoyed the compliment despite the awkwardness involved.