Working out of my classroom today instead of my office, and the time banditry has increased twenty-fold. It turns out most people don't sit down for an hour-plus chat when there's no place for them to sit and where there are five other people working quietly. Take those constraints away and get ready for a gab-fest!
The first unplanned conversation today was actually good. A colleague and I hashed out several topics related to my dissertation. The second one, not so much. My boss stopped by to talk, which was equal parts helpful discussion of economics (I got an answer to a question I was about to look up for an e-mail exchange with a potential collaborator) and unhelpful check-up on whether I'm any good at my job. (Spoiler alert: I'm not; there's a reason I had to move to China to find work.) I was tempted to implement a tactic I learned from the The Simpsons episode when Bart takes Focusyn and stand up to get him to leave. But I didn't, because I don't want to be fired.
In other news, my boss pronounces the word "analysis" not as "annalysis" but as "anal-ysis." Dude's got issues.