2018 - The Year of the Dog
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients,Happy Year of the Dog!
What a year 2017 was! So much to be thankful for, yet sometimes I have to remind myself of that.
I started 2017 with a delicious brunch prepared by Afaf and Matthias followed by a wonderful walk in the East Bay Hills. It was perfect sunny weather without a hint of winter on January 1st. Then my first assignment took me to cold and windy Colorado Springs. The wind was so strong at 60 miles (about 100 km) per hour. I could not even walk to the venue which was only 0.4 miles (0.64 km) away from my hotel. That was the first time the wind actually scared me. Despite the wind, unfamiliar towns and boring hotel rooms, I still passionately enjoy interpreting, translating and sharing the knowledge and expertise I have accumulated over the past 3 decades.
For those interested, here are some statistics with respect to my work in 2017. As a conference interpreter, I worked at 35 conferences in various states in the US and overseas. All this air travel reminded me of George Clooney’s movie Up in the Air (Several friends of mine said they immediately thought of me when they saw the movie). On more than one occasion, Rob picked me up at the airport, took me to have lunch or dinner, and then took me back to the airport for my next flight out. I did not even have time to go home before catching the next plane to my next assignment. I am SO LUCKY to have him, and he is SO PATIENT with my business travel. If not for his own busy studio schedule he would accompany me on more of my trips. Speaking of George Clooney, I had an opportunity to watch Being George Clooney, a documentary about the people who supply the voices of George Clooney in dubbed international versions of Hollywood blockbusters. It was a lot of fun.
All these conferences required a lot of time for research and preparation, which is one of the more rewarding parts of these assignments. It’s better than classroom study and it gives me a varied collection of interesting knowledge I would not be exposed to any other way. I had opportunities to study the following topics: the almond (my favorite stone fruit; yes, it belongs to family of peach) and cherry industries (Yum Yum), chemical analysis, clean energy, cosmetics, food safety, innovation, IT, medical devices, military, perfume, postal service, and smart phones.
I worked as a court interpreter for various California State courts (66.5 days) and district courts in Chicago, Memphis, and Pahrump, Nevada. I interpreted at a number of depositions (52.5 days). Over the phone interpretation assignments for private clients increased as well. I also gave a presentation on conference interpreting in Washington, D.C. and taught a two-day court interpreting workshop in Chicago.
Rob and I were very fortunate to meet our goal of taking at least one domestic road trip and one international trip annually. For our domestic trip we drove to Tucson, Arizona. We had a wonderful time with our dear friends David and Noriko. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Saguaro National Park were definitely my favorites and a “must see” for anyone visiting the southwestern United States.
Here my Mom and her friend of over 80 years are enjoying a delicious Korean dish - Stuffed Chicken with sweet rice, chestnuts, Korean dates, garlic, pepper and various herbs. Just writing about this dish makes my mouth water.
When I met lots of gods at “Garden of the Gods” in Colorado Springs, I asked them why your followers are always fighting. They couldn’t give me any satisfactory answers. Now, it’s time to share my favorite books, films, and cultural events. Please kindly share yours. First, here are some of the books I read in 2017 that moved and awakened my zeal for books:
It was definitely a good year for films. Here are some of my favorites I saw at theatres:
Voices of Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (1997)
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (2011)
Terrorist by John Updike (2006)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (2012)
Just as I have very eclectic tastes in literature and films, I enjoy all sorts of shows and plays. There are quite a few shows this year that are worthy of mention in this letter.
Manchester by the Sea
Victoria and Abdul
The Big Sick
The Second City’s Best of the Second City
Uncle Vanya (A play by Anton Chekhov)
Monsoon Wedding (Musical)
The Four Immigrants (American Musical Manga)
Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass
La Circe (Opera)
Fiddler on the Roof (Musical)
Avenue Q (Musical)
Live Nation presents, Trevor Noah!
(I think I laughed as hard as when I saw Lily Tomlin the previous year at the same theatre.)
Once again, thank you very much for continuing to give me the opportunity to do what I love to do. And forgive my nonexistence on social media. This is as close to Facebook as I get. Please share your thoughts via email or text. I would love to hear from you.
That's it folks.
Thanks for reading. Here's wishing you a happy year of the Dog!
With warmest regards,
(510) 914-7596 (Call/Text)
550 N. San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903 USA