Tonight’s event was sponsored by a law office that provides legal services for businesses in Palo Alto. One of the partners started chatting me up after the presentations. I mentioned that I used to teach at the University of Sydney.
“That’s very interesting,” he said. “My girlfriend’s daughter is attending the University of Sydney. Tell me… Is it a good school?”
“It’s one of the top universities in Australia,” I said. “But that’s like saying UC Davis is one of the top universities in Sacramento. Compared to the rest of the world, it pretty much sucks.”
He looked me square in the eye.
“I went to UC Davis.”