One-liners linger, swell, swirl, often irk and continue to eddy until freed.
There's a back-story here: doctoral student, probationary status, imploding space of experience, surpassing horizon of expectations, new threshold,creation of a new reality.. . . oh yeah, and a back seat ride in a borrowed car with baby-locks.
sounds like the protagonist of your back story also has a healthy sense of irony... and the absurd. my respect and admiration to you, aporia, and to your impressive protagonist!