on a completely mathematically-unrelated subject, i was told today by a colleague that his girlfriend thought i was 23 years old [1].

upon hearing this, i spat out: "

then he pointed out: "

to be fair, he does have a point; then again, so do i:

the only reason i'm so relaxed about it now is that my imagination's gotten worse, and the subsequent worst-case scenarios have stopped looking so gloomy!

upon hearing this, i spat out: "

*WHAT*" ..?then he pointed out: "

*you should be flattered*" ..!to be fair, he does have a point; then again, so do i:

what came first to mind was how agonising life was at 23;heck, i still don't know.

it was early in my ph.d.,

i probably hadn't passed all my qualifying exams yet,

anddefinitelyhadn't started working with the advisor yet.

in general i wasn't sure of anything or whether this was the right path to take.

the only reason i'm so relaxed about it now is that my imagination's gotten worse, and the subsequent worst-case scenarios have stopped looking so gloomy!

**(-:**[1]

*as for some background, he's probably about 24-25 years old (though i've actually never asked him) and i surmise that his girlfriend is the same age. when i met her over dinner, there was also a masters' student joining us too, so guessing beyond the age of 30 would be a little out of context.*

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