For the first time in a long time, somebody called me “Doctor” today. (He was Chinese, perhaps the Chinese have a similar attitude to titles as the Germans?) I’m afraid there was some awkward silence after that, because I had forgotten how to respond. The common looking-oh-ever-so-slightly-superior kind of thing is not something I know how to do, not do I have any desire to learn it. I always thought “Johannes” is good enough as a way of addressing me, and you get to completely screw up the pronounciation too, it’s okay. Can we leave it at that?