I know all this, but he never said a personal thing about himself. I know his views on the political situation in Venezuela, and about the socio-economic problems of Portland, and about the positives and negatives of the Free Trade Agreement concerning Thailand. He also asked me very few questions about myself. He did ask me about the school I was looking into. I used that as an opportunity to test the waters. I told him that the school interviews everyone before they apply, that they are pretty serious about only taking people who have a mind to change the world. To which he replied: "With a mythology degree? What's the framework for that model?" Then I said something about them meaning in a positive human spirituality sense, and he reassured me that all I needed to do was play the game and say the right answers to get in, then I could make of the experience whatever I wanted once I was accepted.
It's really been a long time since I've had this sort of conversation. I found it really amusing. It also reminded me what the rest of the world is like and how far away from that I've swung my own personal path. Not in a bad way. He'll make an amusing person to hang out with when I need company.