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.