“So. What are your thoughts on the election??” I asked a friend who came to this country a year before I did.
She perked up and started going on in great detail but I couldn’t recognize anything of what she described.
“Wait, what are you talking about?” I finally said.
It turned out she was talking about a local – not even a national but simply a regional – election in her country of origin.
The same thing happened to me in 2016 when I met a long-lost high school friend and asked her about the election. She went on in great detail about the election of the Moscow mayor.
These aren’t people from prissy cultures where one avoids talking about politics. This was a sincere mistake. Like when Canada plays against Russia in a hockey championship and the immigrant newspaper comes out with a headline “We Won!”