Last night was Back To School Night, where the parents go to each of their children's classes and hear a 10-minute spiel from the teacher about what can be expected this coming year.
In the past I've spoken for 8 or so minutes and left time for questions. Unfortunately, each year I always got one of those questions, the kind that make you cock your head at the questioner as if to say, "Really? Are you freakin' kidding me?" I know some people believe that the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked, but I'm here to tell you that that's not correct. There are people out there who ask some really stupid questions, and it taxes me to answer their question whilst being as diplomatic and smiley as possible.
I don't want to be taxed that way. I'm not a politician.
So last night I tweaked my talk so that it took the entire 10 minutes. I just talked right up to the bell, and then they went on to the next class. I know it's not an ideal solution, but it made spending my evening back at work slightly more tolerable.
I'm a terrible person. So sue me.