23 minutes on the phone is enough to get the worst of my shuddering inability to cope out. Must remember that Darkside does not empathize particularly smoothly with pure social angst, and creates awkward silences. He's much better, much more comfortable, at battling technical angst with tart commentary and humor.
I checked social arrangements; Saturday might be a good day. No plans. So. I plot to go over there. Afternoonish.