–Professor, are you better off now than you were four years ago?
–Are you kidding me?
–Yeah. Can’t you tell?
–It’s so hard to tell these days.
–Especially in a Zoom chat. How’s your beer?
–Not bad. I wish it was a draft, but you know…
–I just thought it was a funny question, are you better off now than four years ago. Who else but Trump would ask a question like that? We’re in a pandemic and a recession. I graduated from college this year and I’m delivering people’s dinners. We can’t even sit and have a beer together safely.
–You’d probably have a better job if you’d looked for work in other cities. But I suppose you’d say you’re better