What is Your Job?

“So, what do you do for a living?”

I hate being asked this question, having struggled with a simple response now for over two decades. I feel compelled to offer some reasonable response since it’s usually asked in a social setting, more as a polite inquiry than an interrogation. After an obligatory sigh and a smile, I try to explain, using one of my usual starting points.

“I’m a scientist.”

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