honest conversations not to have
Me (beginning class): How is everyone today?
Students (mumbling): Okay, fine, etc.
Awake student: How is your day?
Me: Oh, fine, but it has the potential to be bad.
Awake student: Why?
Me: I have a meeting this afternoon [with The Advisor] and then I'm showing a film about Congolese rape victims.
Students: Silence/wide-eyed looks of disbelief.
This is how it goes.