I hate telling people what I do.
It always leaks out, here and there, and anytime I'm in a new place I hear the impression they gather from the bits and pieces that come out in normal "getting to know you" conversation, and it doesn't feel like a reflection of myself at all.
I sound WAY flakier than I am, or way cooler.
Today, for example. Imagine the answers to these questions:
Where did you go to school?
What did you study?
And are you still using it?
Oh, when did you live in Asia?
What area code is 805?
So you just moved here recently?
See what I mean? Flakey. Or extremely artsy and bohemian. And then I pull out my dayplanner...