I never know what might come up in conversation with an inmate when I'm doing a pre-release interview with them.
Today I was talking to a guy about finding work in the construction industry--which, by the way, is doing so well around here that contractors are concerned about finding enough employees to help with the projects they've got lined up. He mentioned his range of skills, including operating heavy equipment.
I told him that I've long wanted to take the heavy equipment class at the college where I teach. He thought that was just awesome and started giving me all sorts of tips, like how to coordinate excavation with dump trucks for maximum efficiency.
"It's expensive," he said, "To keep a dump truck waiting."