I boarded the train half way through their conversation so I had some catching up to do. General acquaintances, he was about 70, she was possibly 60. Both were well spoken & neatly dressed. His topics were broad but was an expert in everything. Wearing his educator's hat while also holding the talking stick made it a busy ensemble but he knew he could make it work. She politely listened, nodded & gave him credit but sometimes turned her attention through the glass & to the passing scenery. He barely noticed. Rail network? Expert. Government? In. the. bag. As we pulled out of Jolimont Station he turned his attention to buildings, starting with height restrictions & building codes. Then something strange happened...she politely corrected him on a few things he'd said & after a pause he blustered "sorry what, what does your husband do?" She said that her husband had retired. "Well what did he do when he worked?" She told him that he worked in science. "Oh, I just thought that because you knew so much about planning he might've been an architect or something"
I'd been looking at my phone but for this I looked up.
She said "I worked for the council's planning department for 32 years". Boom. *slab of marble for a future Pangaea series -
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