May 30th, 2001

red panda eating bamboo

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Sloth: I didn't do a single thing on my to do list yesterday.

Happiness: Piglet sent me a copy of Deep Space Network, which I enjoyed in the APC7 Craft Room.

OH did a good job of reassuring me about PNS last night.

So I should go to the animal shelter and find out which of the cats I haven't bothered to put on the web page are still there, but I don't want to go because it's very hot today, so I am trying to figure out a way to get someone to read the list of available cats for me. Or I could just put an out of date list up there.

I'm also going to do the other web design and maintenance stuff I have been putting off. Booo-rrr-iiing.

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Cross Cultural Anecdote

I was standing in line for my prescriptions, and in front of me was a woman who looked Asian and was carrying a $20 bill and a scrap of paper and wearing a nurse's outfit. She said to the cashier with a slight accent, "I am picking up a prescription on behalf of a patient." The pharmacy cashier said "Last name?" and she said "Harriet." [names changed to protect privacy] The cashier looked around and said "There is no prescription for Harriet. First name?" The woman said "Lawson." The cashier looked around some more and said "No, no prescription for that name."

I was thinking, "I think I know what the problem is -- I know that in some Asian countries, the family name comes first and the personal name last, and she might have confused which was which. And she might not have a sense for what is a typical first name and last name for a European. But if I intervene, I will probably embarrass her. On the other hand, I will also potentially save her embarrassment at work and a second trip to the pharmacy."

So I said to her, "Excuse me, but I was wondering, are you sure the *last* name is Harriet and the *first* name is Lawson? Because to me, 'Harriet' sounds like a first name." She said "Yes, I'm sure." But then she thought about it a few seconds and asked the cashier to check under the name Lawson. Sure enough, the prescription was there.

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