The world is ever so slowly coming into focus and I will soon be ready to dive back into the conversation.
For instance, when spending the night in the hospital, why do the nurses—bustling in on their hourly visits to check your vitals—ask if you want a sleeping pill? Now, seriously…
Which puts me in mind of the world’s response to climate change, but we won’t stray into world affairs at the moment.
Let’s stay local.
The Mister is working on a Chinese language film, a romantic comedy that shoots entirely in Hollywood. There are jokes and plot points and high jinx galore, all to do with a particular kind of Los Angeles life, all funded from overseas. So, everything is very international, and the production offices that house the American crew have the names of all the department heads on their door, and their specific department, spelled out in Chinese characters. Now this feat was carried out by an industrious P.A. who was instructed to hop onto their computer, get the translation goods, and then print and affix the nameplates on said doors…
CUT TO: INT. HOLLYWOOD PRODUCTION OFFICE – DAY
The Chinese producers arrive from Beijing. They are elegant, savvy, multilingual and touring a foreign place (for the first time) where their money makes the movie-magic happen. Their progress through the space is smiling, most cordial, slowly paced as they meet and greet the busy filmmakers. Happening on THE MISTER’S OFFICE they pause, eyes widen, hands to their mouths as they break into laughter and then find their phones to grab a picture.
CLOSE ON: THE INTRICATE CHINESE CHARACTER’S THAT SCROLL ACROSS THE MISTER’S NAMEPLATE
The Mister emerges from his office to meet the newly arrived producers, and after they’ve shook hands, chatted, and moved on he turns to a straggling translator and inquires as to the hubbub outside his office. The answer? His nameplate says, boldly inscribed for all the world to see:
This person is mentally ill
And yes, the sign is still up and the P.A. still has a job. That’s entertainment 😉 .
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