My wife explained why the phone company tells you it is including a deliberately blank page. It’s because the accounting … um … thingamajig … uh … provides parking pop maestros? Convenience charges? … I don’t know, I wasn’t listening.

My mind was drifting. Besides, I don’t get why she would think I was listening. According to a study earlier this year that I dimly recall or just now made up, men are incapable of listening to women. It’s a biological fact. We can’t help it. It’s science.

Science, I get.