Saturday, November 5, 2016

Celebrity Sightings! Part 4--The Best Job Interview Ever Leads to a Celebrity Sighting!

Well, "Hello!"
Finally I have time to finish this series of posts.

Anyway, I haven't posted recently and it's not just that we've been busy...
We've been really busy and our internet has been iffy--really iffy some days.
Ramon's been so busy that sometimes when he comes home, finally, even for a few minutes, he says, "Hi.  Who are you?"  (smile)

Look at him with this adorable patient, who by the way, was about 30 minutes old in this picture!
What a darling!  What a smile!  What a charmer already at age 30 minutes!

Here are some of the cuties I am blessed to see at school every day:
Also adorable!

Well now, let me finish this series of posts I decided to do about celebrity sightings.

Did you miss the first three parts of this series?
Click to find Part 1:  (Many of the celebs we've missed in Nepal...which made me think of doing this series.)
Part 2:
(The celebs we DID see in Paraguay!)
Part 3:  (The backstory--so today's Part 4 wouldn't be so long...
as well as some heroes of mine here in Nepal who work day and night with little recognition
who really should be celebrities!)

By the way, we missed another famous person recently:

Read this photo credit article to see who was here.  I'm glad she was able to come
and bring awareness to some of the issues facing patients here.
The hospital she visited is doing a great job.

OK, to Part 3, the post ended with me having quit my job in the library where I was going to school, and running to the radio station where I heard there was an opening for a
receptionist.  I ran because I didn't want to miss out on this job!
(Really, if you missed it, click above for Part 3.)

I arrived at the radio station.
(photo credit:  PrayerWorks!)

Yes, the radio station is still there and is as popular as ever!

Sure enough, the reception desk was empty.
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It was very quiet.  "Hello!" I said.  Nothing.  "Hello!" ...a little louder.
I started down the hallway calling out, "Hello!" every few steps.

Finally a voice called out, "In here."
I followed the voice and walked into an office.
"Yes?" the gentleman behind the desk asked.  "I'm a little busy here."

"Well, I heard you're looking for a receptionist.  Are you still taking applications?  I'd like to apply."
"No time for applications.  Can you type?"
"How would you answer the phone?"
"Good afternoon.  WGTS.  How may I help you?"

"You're hired.  Can you start tomorrow?"


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I started working the next day!  I answered the phone and typed!
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NO, the typewriter wasn't THAT old (smile), but the one I learned on was just about that old!!!

The one in my new office was more like this:
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Yes, after learning on the first one, the "modern" electric typewriter was a dream!!!

My other duty was to time the songs on the records (yes, that's what we had then!)
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so the times could be put into the new and very modern (for then!) computer system!
This gave me time to study while the songs were playing.  It was great!

One day when I was sitting at my desk and working, this lady just walked into the office--
out of the blue!
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Oh my!  What a surprise!  

She held her hand out, shook mine, and said, "Hi!  I'm Mrs. Jimmy Carter.
I'm here to talk on the radio since I'm campaigning for my husband."

She looked at me expectantly.  Behind her were about 3-4 of her "people"
and they looked at me expectantly too.
"Our station manager isn't here right now," I managed to say.  "I'll go ask the DJ.  Please wait here just a minute."  We had a little waiting room, something like this, and they sat down.
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I walked quickly to the DJ booth. which looked something like this:
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I had to wait for him to give me the signal that it was safe to talk.
"What?"  he asked.  He wasn't used to being interrupted while on air.
(If this had happened today, I could have sent him a text!)
"Mrs. Jimmy Carter is here with her crew and she wants to talk on air for her husband!"
"WHAT?  OK, I can't leave the booth.  Send the crew in."
"What about her?"
"No, don't let her back here.  I have to explain to the crew that she can't talk
on air unless we have her opponent here to talk too.  We have to give equal air time."
"What should I do with her?"
"Just talk to her!"

Oh man!

I went back to the waiting room and smiled.
"You folks can go back to the booth, but please Mrs. Carter, stay here and talk to me."

They went back and I sat down beside her.  I wished I had some snacks to offer her, but I didn't!

So for about 15-20 minutes, she and I talked!  
It was just a very nice and regular conversation!

She told me she missed her daughter while on the campaign trail,
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and we talked about her daughter's school after I told her I was studying to be a teacher.

She told me about their home and peanut farm in Georgia.
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I told her I had an uncle from Georgia and he and my dad would banter about the sports teams
from Atlanta and Cleveland.  I mentioned that those of us in Ohio would have to plan and time our trips to Florida to make sure we would avoid Atlanta during rush hour!
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So it went...just a nice conversation!

I remember her stretching her legs up and down and saying something like,
"It's actually really nice to sit here and chat and relax for a bit.  We've been going and going
and I haven't had time to relax.  Thank you for keeping me company and just letting me relax!"

"Of course," I said.  "Anytime!"

Before we knew it, her crew came out with the DJ, who had put a tape on, and he told her
that he wasn't allowed to let her talk unless he could give equal time to her opponent.
She said she understood and got up to leave.  She wished us all the best and then
thanked me again for such a nice visit!  She never talked about her husband
or his campaign.  Today we would have taken selfies, but back then we just waved goodbye!

As they walked down the path, the DJ said to me, "You got her autograph didn't you?"
"Uh, no."  OOPS!  I hadn't even thought about it!  Rats!
"You're crazy you know," he said.  "She's probably going to be our next First Lady."

He was right!
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So that's how the best job interview EVER lead to a celebrity sighting--and meeting!

If you want to read more about her, click here:

Have a nice day, take care, and God bless.

Thanks to all those who are praying for us!