Lyft driver: You are a business person?
Driver: You are the boss?
Driver: When you came out I thought, “He is the boss.”
Me: (knowing laugh) Is that because I look so serious?
Driver: (kindly) No, no.
Me: That’s ok. (In my head: It’s just the facade of competence and control I display when I am tired and no longer interested in any form of connection or engagement. My default is to look so serious and so important that people will just leave me alone.)
Driver: Hand sanitizer?
Me: Of course. Thank you.
Ah, the gift of feedback, like a faithful friend, right there when we need it most.