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Year of the Horse


Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Clients:

Happy Year of the Horse! I am writing this 19th annual epistle recounting the past 12 months at a quaint bed & breakfast located in a beautiful small town in Mendocino County, Northern California. This town called Westport has a population of 60 and one gas station.


Howard Creek State Beach Mendocino, CA

I begin to reflect my 2013 looking up at abundant stars visiting my small room through the skylight. There is no internet, no cell reception, no WiFi or TV - just the stars and the love of my life. The nearest restaurant is 20 miles away. It’s so wonderful just to be connected to Mother Nature and take a break from being connected constantly to technology. With the complete silence and nothing to distract me, I can give you my undivided attention and offer my sincerest gratitude to you for your continued love, friendship, patience, understanding, support, and confidence in my work. Thank You from the bottom of my heart! Though my business was somewhat down compared to 2012, I am still very happy to be able to continue to pursue my calling, which is to share stories told by someone else either in Korean or in English in simultaneous interpretation booths, courtrooms, law offices, or in front of my computer. Now let me briefly share my story about how it unfolded in 2013.

Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake

Personally speaking, the main highlight of my year was marrying my wonderful husband in our backyard with lots of laughter (LOL) and lots of love (LOL). When I was asked “Who gives this woman to be married?” I said in a loud and clear voice, I do.” At the end, I heard “You may kiss the groom” by the groom’s father, who was the deputy commissioner of the day. I took out a mint, popped it in my mouth and we had an extended kiss. You can view the photos and video of this wedding of the century (as a friend called it) by visiting For those of you who are wondering whether I will be changing my name and whether you’ll need to update your records, I’ve decided to preserve my last name. That’s also the Korean way; Korean couples in Korea have two different last names. Therefore, my legal name will remain “Jacki Noh.” Noh will be Noh. No(h) changes there. This joyous and momentous event certainly kept me quite busy in 2013.

Tomales Point Elk

Tomales Pt. Elk

2013 started out with a hike at China Camp State Park, one mile away from our house, and ended with a hike on Tomales Point Trail, where a number of elk were grazing by the trail and we sighted a pensive coyote enjoying the beautiful sunset. It was as if (s)he was there trying to teach me “Slow down. Stop and smell the roses now and then” Please share your favorite hiking trails with me. It’s a true blessing to live in Northern California where, we can hike 365 or 366 days a year. Between my hikes and the early October wedding preparations, I interpreted in familiar cities including Baltimore, Maryland, Busan and Daegu, Korea, Las Vegas (a.k.a. Lost Wages), Maui, Hawaii, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver and Canada. Some of the eclectic topics I covered were automobile, facilitation skills, food (canned oysters, confectionary, dried noodles, frozen fish and calamari as well as salmon), financial, golf, information technology (IT) with a heavy emphasis on BIG data, virtual machines (VM), cloud computing and social media, intellectual property, marketing, ophthalmology (phew!), and wine and spirits. I spent a lot more time researching and studying than actually interpreting in the field.

As a judiciary interpreter, I didn’t have to travel far, though I covered wide areas in Northern California. I worked in the United States Federal and California State courts as well as at depositions and attorney-client conferences. Interestingly, most state court cases (perhaps about 85%) dealt with traffic violations. This seems to be the main source of income for all municipalities.



Unfortunately, my husband and I will each have to make rather substantial contributions to the County of San Francisco and the County of Marin for being cited for speeding in nearby speed traps (going 10 and 15 miles over posted speed limits respectively). Please be careful. I don’t want to run into you in traffic court.

Some of the judiciary interpreter workshops I attended covered evidence and crime scene investigation procedure. I touched a body bag and learned how to lift fingerprints, learned about weapons, (there are a gazillion different types of guns and knives), street drugs and drugs from the medicine cabinet. The presenter and participants talked about “Breaking Bad,” the American crime drama television series. I watched it recently and found it to be as educational as it is... well, addictive. Some of the characters in the show reminded me of my clients for whom I have interpreted in court. In another seminar I learned about Translators Without Borders: Creating Content to Save Lives. It was very inspirational.

During the year, I also worked as a translator, editor, proofreader, and voiceover talent.


Koke'e State Park, Kauai, HI

Some of the unforgettable hikes I enjoyed were around Calistoga, Channel Islands National Park, Yosemite National Park (Clouds Rest and Lambert Dome), Waimea Canyon State Park and Koke’e State Park on Kauai, Hawaii. Please share your favorite hiking trails with me. Thank you!

Two of the cultural activities I very much enjoyed this year are: Train (the San Francisco bassed band) at AT&T Park and “Warrior Class” at Mt. View Center for the Performing Arts

Now, as I have done each year, let me share my favorite books and films of 2013 and kindly ask you to share yours.

Among all the books I read this year, the following stand out: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling (very funny); Snow by Orhan Pamuk (very dark); Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving (very beautiful story of love, life, and death); The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (very smart and savvy); and The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson (great novel that takes place in North Korea).

And these films cause me to continue to adore movies: Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty; Steven Spielberg's Lincoln; Dustin Hoffman's Quartet; Pablo Larrain's No; Francois Ozon's In the House; Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children; Morgan Neville's 20 Feet from Stardom; Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners; and Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza).

That's it, folks! Thanks for reading.


With warmest regards,

Jacki Noh
(510) 914-7596 Phone
(415) 295-4123 Fax
550 N. San Pedro Rd.
San Rafael, CA 94903 USA