Ask the Expert
When a lawyer goes to a party, she knows that, upon telling people her occupation, there is a pretty good chance that she will be asked for legal advice concerning some ridiculous issue.
When a doctor goes to a party, he knows that, upon telling people his occupation, there is a pretty good chance that he will be asked for medical advice concerning some disgusting fungus, rash, or pain.
When an account goes to a party...you get the idea.
Well, you know what? Boo-fuckin'-hoo. At least you have some idea of what random question you may be asked. Since no one really knows what I do for a living, they feel that they can ask me anything that even remotely seems to fall in my field. I get asked about everything from knee pain, psychiatric problems, cancer treatments, and amphibian communication to the effects of the tea in China. I never know what crazy question that I will be expected to answer, with a crowd of beady-little eyes looking at me, waiting for the divine knowledge to just flow from my brain.
Yesterday, however, I was so taken aback by the questions, I just stared blankly.
First question: Oh, so you're one of those Dr./science people. I have a question for you. Why do men have nipples?
Second question: Yadda, yadda, yadda...So I was reading about people being born with both sex organs and the Dr. having to decide what gender to make the baby...which would you choose...you know, like...which do you think would be better for that child's success...
Speechless...never in my life until now. I'm not sure what was more hilarious (or disturbing): the question or the seriousness of the person asking the question.
I'll leave my answers for another post. Yes, I answered the questions as best as I could. If you are going to ask such a random question, you are going to get a random (often made up) answer.
Just be glad that you are asked advice on how to win a property dispute or on how to get rid of the green funk on someone's toe. Never a dull moment...never:)