I have to add the qualifier, because it happened.
I walked into the lobby of the hotel and saw the interpreter waiting near the front desk. I walked up and said hi.
She asked, “Are you Dale?”
I said I was.
She said, “you are scheduled to work with me from 2 till 5.”
That was news to me. But let’s admit it, it’s not the first time I have been co-opted into interpreting by just putting me on the schedule.
I looked at Aunt SuperTam as if to say, “don’t blame me I didn’t volunteer!”
The Interpreter caught the look and pulled out the schedule to show me and from 2-5 the schedule read her and Dale ‘Not Me.’
That is the first time in my life I have ever been asked, “are you Dale?” and NOT been the Dale in question.
If your name is John or Stephanie or Chris I imagine such things happen all the time. But I can count the number of Dale’s I know or have met on one hand.
Now it was not only NOT JUST NOT ME but another interpreter. A smaller world inside the bigger one.
By the way, Dale ‘Not Me’ showed up. He is a very nice guy with Mad Skills. I’d be willing to be mistaken for him anytime.
Anyway I can’t say “That never happens” to me anymore, because it did.
I’m pretty sure Aunt SuperTam will never experience that because we are still looking for a can of Coke with the name ‘Tammis’. Pretty sure we won’t find one.
Dear New Interpreter:
Stop being afraid people will laugh at you and just enjoy people laughing near you.
Every interpreter has factory installed worth:
There is something you do so well it would amaze and astound everyone. But you don’t think it’s a big deal, because you can do it.
April 15, 2018
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