Sir R: ...Hope all is well on your end--love, career, thesis, poetry...And then the mention of the word, desire.
Me: ...funny you mention that. If I had to grade my performance in those aspects, I'd have a poor, and therefore improvable average of 1.5.
Sir R: Given the state of the world and the nature of human existence, 1.5 is not bad at all. I'd give myself a 1.5 as well!