Vote of Confidence

I work in a fishbowl: My desk is right next to a glass wall that separates the lab from the hallway. Every week or two I look up to find some gaggle of visiting dignitaries scrutinizing the back my head as they get the We’ll Just Walk By The Lab tour.

Today I quit for lunch, turned around, and found my advisor sitting on the hall bench right next to my desk. He was ignoring me and looking at his phone, but sitting in the exact spot that has the best view of my screen.

I stepped into the hallway. “Watching me work, are you?”

My advisor didn’t even look up from his phone. “No way, dude. That’s like watching paint dry.”

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