Me: (enumerating the television shows of my youth) . . . and Hawaii Five-O, and Taxi. And Cheers.
The historian: Of course, when you were watching a lot of those shows, you were a kid, and I wasn't.
Me: . . . right . . .
The historian: . . . but then, we really didn't watch much TV . . .
Me: (rolls eyes)
The historian: because we were in grad school, and so there just wasn't time.
Me: I'm not sure if that's actually true . . .
The historian: well, it didn't seem like there was time.
Me: (pauses to reflect) . . . of course, you actually finished your Ph.D.
The historian: (tactful silence. Eats quesadilla.)