A political science professor--late, opinionated, balding, youngish--who attended the seminar I helped host last week, just called me. The first thing he said was, "Now, Sarah. Where were you raised?"
"New York," I said. "Long Island."
"Ah," he said. "Is there a Long Island element to your accent, or is it just a family thing?"
"I'm only asking because it's positive. It's quite nice, actually. I wouldn't say so otherwise."
"Well, I think it's primarily a family thing. In New York people often think I come from England, which just shows you how little they--"
"Yeah," he said. "That's funny. They should know better. But there is an aristocratic element to it. My other question is, who's laying down the law about these research accounts? Because I can only figure that they want the money back..."