.Not a shred of evidence exists in favour of the idea that life is serious.
Mum: Sie allein leben? (Do you live alone?)
Me: Nein, ich wohne mit meine freude. (No, I live with my friends.)
Mum: Well, it’s not like you’d ever tell anyone that you live alone, anyway.
Me: Why not? It’s not like I’m talking to some creeper.
Mum: Are you kidding? That’s JUST what you need: some weird German guy looking you up, all like, “Hi, I’m in Ottawa for the night and need somewhere to sleep, can I stay with you?”
Me: Times have changed, Mum.
Mum: Oh, you are SO naive. That would OBVIOUSLY happen. Do you think it’s only obvious creepers that want to rape you?
Mum: Wo arbeiten Sie?
Me: Ich arbeite nicht (I don’t work)… at the moment…
Mum: No, in that case you would say, “Ich bin zur Zeit arbeitslos.”
Me: That sounds so sad in German! “I am work-lost.”…
Mum: What, because it sounds so great in English?