Skyping with your parents can be a perilous affair
"Hi mom. I'm right here."
"IS THIS CONNECTED. JEREMY??"
"Mom, I'm right here, but your Klipsch Image headphones are down on your neck."
"WHAT'S THAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU, JEREMY."
"I know, mom! The mic is on the headphones."
"Something is wrong with the Earthlink connection, honey. The audio … I don't know … the audio channels are clogged."
"Mom, that doesn't make sense. Just PUT THE HEADPHONES ON YOUR HEAD."
"I don't know why Jeremy can't fix it. He doesn't seem to be trying to do anything. Well, honey, I don't think it's fair to call him a disappointment…"
"Dad thinks I'm a disappointment?"
"Remember, no matter what we love him very much."
"Jeez, thanks mom."
"Maybe not as much as we love his older brother..."
"But it's still love. Like the way we love our sun room."
"Oh God. I want to disconnect … my psychological foundations are crumbling … but I can't …"
"If only he hadn't let us down with that shoddy report card in eighth grade."
"YOU ACTUALLY CARED ABOUT THAT? I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST MY HANG-UP!"
"Oops, now it's working. Hi Jeremy!"