She switches to the backstroke after ten laps. Ten more and she rolls over again; breaststroke. She has waterproof headphones and an audiobook going.
"Is there no way to ask hypothetically what exactly would count? Although I guess who would you even ask -"
"I could write judges' offices but they'd still have individual discretion if it ever came up and that looks like I'm deliberately trying to game the system."
"Hmm, and I don't suppose a hypothetical - like, not mentioning your website at all - but then again who else is even doing that, it's just you." There's a fair amount of admiration in his voice.
"There are other statistics-heavy grey-run websites."
"Sure, but most of them are about arcball."
"I picked arcball because most of them are about other sports, but I take your point."
Grin. "What made you pick that? Most greys pick - well, greyer stuff."
"Well, I'm half orange, there's that."
"Now it makes complete sense," he says, still grinning. "I'm half orange too but ended up in the other ambiguously grey slash orange profession."
"See, when people only know I'm half orange they say 'oh, you must teach two year olds to swim'."
"Perhaps I'm a bit less caste-deterministic than most people. And publishing statistics about various international economic indexes doesn't strike me as particularly orange."
"It's not. If I'd been born in that one test city I wouldn't do this, though, I'd be in med school."
"I honestly have no idea what I'd have done in that one test city, med school would've probably been near the top of the list but I think making such a list would just make me feel sad."
"Because then I'd have it way more explicit in front of me all of the careers that'll just never be mine because of an accident of birth. Not that I hate sex work or anything, but it - would not be near the top of the list."
"I think I'd do all right with any set of options except grey. If it had to be orange in particular because of my mom, that wouldn't be abstractly fair but it'd be good enough."
"What's wrong with grey in particular?"
"I have a balance disorder."
"- oh, yeah, that'd do it. I think I make an okay grey and I'd make an okay orange and a terrible purple and an absolutely awful red but I'd do well in blue or green or yellow."
"Purple'd be next worst but it'd be okay, there's just - more choices."
"I suppose it wouldn't be so bad to be the entrepreneurial type of purple but I'm not sure I would be particularly suited for that, or enough to beat the prior odds."
Here are the showers.
"Yeah, I haven't spent that much time thinking about what I'd do purple."
He nods. "But alas, until we have FTL and can have an experimental caste-flexible or even casteless planet it's all speculation." He goes to find his stuff in a locker.
"At least while it's still excruciatingly hard to swap through Miolee grey, anyway. For some reason none of the Mioleens want to be grey in a country where that means anything."