November 20th, 2008


Braille, gift, and PVRC

Do you all remember that book that my professor and I translated from Japanese to English? The autobiographical story about one woman's experience in learning to walk with a Guide Dog and recover her mobility after she lost her sight? The translation where I spent whole weekends and 6 hour-straight periods translating? Whew, that was quite a project.

I got an email on Tuesday from my host mother asking if I could send the file to her. (I was really shocked because I hadn't heard from my host mother in a year or more!) The author of the book - the woman who taught me Braille in Japan - wants to share her story with a friend in another country who doesn't know Japanese. It had been so long that I didn't even have the file on my computer. I had it burned and saved on a CD on a bookshelf at home. Thanks to my family, we found it and I am giving it a nice look-through before I send it off. It needs just a little polishing before the English will sound more natural... I sure hope the translation is good enough to be useful. Nobody besides my family ever read it before.

Then, on Wednesday, I got a surprise present in the mail from my friend Eric. He got me an accessory for my radio - a kind of keypad so I can enter a frequency, memory, mode, or switch VFOs without having to root through the menu. It's a really handy thing! I am so excited to use it. So far it seems to work really well :) Many thanks!

Also on Wednesday I attended my first PVRC (Potomac Valley radio club - a contesting club) meeting and was voted into MARC (Montgomery amateur radio club - a county amateur radio club). I couldn't be at the MARC meeting because we had a conference call and a lot of things to go through. But Dave let me know that I indeed was inducted :) I really should have done that earlier, since I have been hanging out with the MARC gang for months now, but I am a little slow...

The PVRC (Potomac Valley Radio Club) meeting was great fun. Everyone was really friendly, the conversation was fun, and I had the best fish and chips ever. That's hard to beat :) Radiosport sure is exciting. I had better get my code speed up so I can prove my worth to the club. One more meeting and I am a member there. I can't wait.

Life at work

I have one more post for this morning - I meant to write it on Tuesday, but I got busy. This is the sort of thing that happens as a working person. Well, that happens to me, at least.

It's been two weeks since anyone came to get the garbage for my office space. We keep calling, and people have come to see where we sit, but no one ever comes to take the garbage. My garbage can is beginning to overflow...

I get up and peek around the corner of the cubical. My co-worker hasn't had her garbage taken out recently, either. We chat about it and she calls them again. Maybe this time we will see results?

Or maybe not.

Early in the afternoon I am feeling the drag. Need caffeine. So I lock up the computer and head off with a hand-full of quarters to the vending machine down the hall and around the corner in the yellow corridor. As I pass the elevators, I see a fellow rolling a garbage can pass me.

"I sure wish he'd come take our garbage," I think sadly as I pass him.

Two steps past him, I pause. A man standing near the elevators looks at me strangely as I stand in the middle of the hall motionless.

Suddenly, I turn on my heels and begin chasing after the man with the rolling garbage can as he approaches our office space. Indeed, he surely must have come for our garbage!

I find him looking around the cubical space, but my co-worker is at lunch and I was off to find soda. I flag him down with a friendly hello (and probably a pleading look in my eyes). He was wondering who had called, so I point at my garbage can and he quickly empties it for me. I then direct him to my co-workers offices and cubicals so their garbage will also be removed. Hurrah! Victory is won. For this week, at least. All the other girls in my office were equally pleased, but not hopeful of change. Only time will tell.
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