Conversation from yesterday:
"So what are you reading?"
"I'm reading The Travels of Friar Odoric. He was a monk in the 14th century who traveled through what is now Iran, India and parts of China. So it's not only a record of what life was like in those parts of the world back then, but it's a record of what they believed in: monsters they saw, a tree that spontaneously creates babies, that sort of thing."
"Oh. I'm not much of a reader. The last think I read was the Left Behind series. Did you read that?"
"No, no....(After searching for something positive to say) I understand that, no matter what else, those are really good action books."
Politeness trumps honesty once again.