A woman overheard that I had tickets to the Patriots-Ravens playoff game this Sunday. She asked, “You like football?”

“Yeah,” I replied. “I love it.”

“But aren’t you a writer?”

“Yes. Why?”

“Oh. I didn’t think writers liked sports.”

While part of me wanted to explore this woman’s line of thinking, I decided to change the subject. Some statements are simply too indicative of a person’s mental prowess to proceed.