Pretty mundane week – so have an older translation story that happened a while back. We were at a corporate event which had an opening safety/health topic with a German MC. Imagine a heavy German accent – “Today – we want to talk about your heath and getting vaccinated against the herpes. Herpes is something we all want to avoid – it will interfere with work and travelling and who wants that itching on a long flight or in a business meeting. It is OK to talk about the herpes, I caught the herpes from my brother or sister when I was about 8 and I assume most of you caught the herpes in the same way. I encourage you to get vaccinated today.”
Now – herpes is what people outside call the shingles and he was referring to catching chickenpox as a kid…I knew that at the time that is what he was referring too, but some of my U.S. colleagues were dumbfounded.
I was back in Korea for three weeks, longest I had been in one spot since April so started to get into a routine and decide to prepare dinner one night – I had my frosted flakes and milk and I was looking for a bowl and couldn’t find any. I kept looking until I remembered Alexandra, Annelise, and I were cleaning up before getting on a flight and had loaded the dishwasher with all of their cereal bowls – apparently we didn’t start the dishwasher so it was a bit ripe. So went to a sushi place downstairs after I threw away all the contents of the dishwasher. Maybe when I get back to Korea I will try food preparation again.
Back in DC this week – so I will see a lot of you next week.