One Potato Two




The Sun Setting in West LA

The problem with my desk at the company is that there are big windows in the office (which I don't care for. I can work in the basement with a red stapler) and when I sit, I face west.

The problem?

I have a hard time working from 6:20pm to about 6:40pm.
The sun is in my eyes.
I can't wear my new Transitions® glasses because
1) I'm indoors
2) It's prescription and the monitor is too close to me and my eyes will start to hurt

The sun is a bigger problem when I have to translate a rush rush job that's due tomorrow.

It was sadder when the sun got out of the way that I had no lamp to light my area.
Since I'm new and the office is moving in two weeks, I have a very "temporary" desk area.
I don't even have a red stapler.

Another sad story is that some other guy in the International team works at my desk.
And today I came to work and discovered that he spilled juice or soda over the nice and new Dell keyboard.
(I love Dell keyboards!)

And the spacebar was half stuck.

And when the spacebar is half stuck, that's double trouble for Japanese translations.
You use the spacebar to go through the different kanji characters.

So I immediately emailed IT and asked for a replacement.
To show them how badly my spacebar was working, I wrote them something like this:

"Hello. I came to work and it looks like someone spilled juice or soda over the keyboard.
Some of the letters and the spacebar gets stuck.
The big problemis the keyboard andit is delaying my work.
Can somebody comeup and either cleanor replacemy keyboard?
Thank you."

Someone came within 10 minutes because my supervisor told them that the Japanese team has many urgent projects right now and cannot afford to be messing with a bad keyboard.

So I got a nice, smaller Dell keyboard.

And that allowed me to work for about 7 hours on the TV show.
I watched it many times to get the sense of the dialogue.
Luckily the main guy talks like an asshole, and so do I in Japanese.
The hard part is trying to talk like a woman.


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