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talked of Peru. Found they would have to continue the conversation at another
time, they had so much to talk about. There were many parallels in their lives.
They had lived in the same city, Miraflores. They hadstudied at the same school, San Jorge, only in different
years. Also had frequented the same spots, El Parquecito Salazar, La Diagonal,
D’onofrio, La Tiendecita Blanca and on and on. Many names mentioned were
familiar to each other.
to business Ina interrupted, Well, let me give you the information, You have to
pass the state exams, written and oral. There is no curriculum to study. No
classes available to take. Ina did have a number, though, Alba could call for
info on dates, fees, locations. Ina explained further. You can work as
interpreter and translator but not in the courts of law. Not till you pass the
exams. So, added with a smile. Call me tomorrow. Ina did give her some
assignments every week. And was delighted to receive positive evaluations from
found out that the exam, the written, was not to be given for several months.
And there was the oral to follow. Meantime no steady income. No health
insurance. No paid vacation. No sick leave. Independent?! Oh! Yeah. On her own.
Found out how much she missed the copy machines, good typewriters. Definitely
a mixed situation, sweet and sour. Like Chinese food, she smiled to herself. And
would she pass…? Alba got to work to find what the exams were all about. To the
pleasant man who answered the Judicial Council’s phone: Are there books I can
buy to study? She asked.
Smile? Sympathetic laughter.No………….//You
either know it or you don’t.
was more helpful, Go to the Hall of Justice, 6th and Bryant. Talk to
the interpreters there. Watch them. Listen. See what you can learn. Go to the
bookstore of Golden Gate University and buy all the bilingual dictionaries they
have and study them.
did study them. Her head ached, her stomach, but she did….Yes.
The months passed. Alba adjusted, slowly, to her new life with its unfamiliar
locations, persons, the no schedule, schedule. She was getting by. The rent
from a roommate she hardly ever saw as he traveled a lot. Lloyd’s…,the
interpreting, translating. It all helped,
written exam reminded her of the harshest, longest most difficult she had ever
taken. It went on and on and on. The booklet with the questions, seemed to add
itself pages, one for each one she filled up.
weeks passed and finally Alba received the letter. She had passed. The oral
exam a couple of months later was in the form of a courtroom situation. Somehow
the cumulative research she had done, watching, listening, reading came to her
aid, rescued her when she needed it. She passed the oral also.
year had gone by. It was nineteen-eighty. She now had her Interpreter’s
certificate. She was forty-seven starting over with a new career. Making
excellent money. Just reserving Wednesdays to be with Lloyd.
WAS THE lawyer she was to work with that morning through Costas. They shook
hands, smiled into each other’s eyes. He was charming. Not exactly her type. A
bit on the chubby side. Not tall. About five nine feet. Wore glasses. But
altogether rather a handsome brunette.
called Costas and asked for Alba again and again. She liked working with him.
He was an excellent lawyer. Soft spoken but he got his point across. They went
out to dinner. He liked for them to go for rides down the coast. Their love
making was delicious. Had a very nice apartment in a trendy neighborhood in San
Francisco. Bert was single. No children. But his mother really, really
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with their delicious aroma. Alba also noticed how comfortable the place was.
And how the bathroom was spotless and smelled of, cinnamon? Well, most
pleasant. They talked. He took the lead putting her at ease. He told her about
his business, real state. The work? She didn’t have to concern herself about it.
And he made a gesture with his hand to indicate that it was of no importance.
He took her to lunch. The street, filled her senses with contrasting
colors, noise, people, smells agitated by the gentle breeze blowing from the
Pacific. Blue skies. Sunshine. The
kind of day that movies are made of so the world will think, Oh yes, San
Francisco, always sunny in California. What a contrast with the quiet
little island they had been in all morning. In the afternoon he
initiated their love making again. Let’s climaxed together, he whispered. They
didn’t. But, no matter, it was good. No, better than the morning. They fell
asleep in each other’s arms. At five o’clock, they were ready to leave, smiling
he handed her an envelope.
opened it at home. It contained the full day’s pay.
friends were delighted, a small part-time, and the room rented!
Encouraged, decided to set up job interviews for her. She met several
interesting persons. Men. They praised her being fluent in English and Spanish.
But when they found out the salary she expected, they had only promises, If
this or that position opens. We will keep you in mind. Meantime the balance in
her savings account was dwindling. However she did get invited to lunch, dinner
and parties. So it was at a loud, colorful house party that she heard a long
ago known voice whisper in her ear, Alba, how are you?
turned ‘round to face him. Oscar!
get you a drink?
Coke, no ice, she smiled.
sat and talked. Well, Oscar said, the girl I brought here tonight
that doesn’t pay any…
interrupted. It pays very well, minimum twenty five an hour.
eyes got big in delighted surprise.
introduce you. She owes me a couple of favors. She’ll help you. Talk to
her. Ask her how to get into that field. Now let’s dance. And at the sound of a
cumbria, they joined the others in the middle of the room.
ALBA AND Renne, met in San Francisco for lunch. Renee was a delightful woman,
very much in love with Oscar and eager to help Alba. Don’t forget your resume,
were Renee’s last words as they embraced good bye.
introduced her to the manager of the Costas Institute in San Francisco that had
among many services, an interpreter-translators department.
manager, Ina, perhaps mid thirties. Probably British, assumed Alba. Long blonde
hair. In each of her arms wore at least twenty bracelets, of different
materials and colors. Does she take them off? When she makes love? To sleep at
night? When she showers, bathe? Does she leave them on? Alba stared,
caught her look. Amused. Anticipating the question, suddenly spoke to Alba in
Spanish, No. Nunca me los saco!!
blurted out, You are Peruvian!
We can always tell, ha? The accent gives us away, smiled Ina, Yeah of British
parents. I grew up with English and Spanish, like you. Can there b any more …….? Both r Peruvians…..Miraflores? Is there a deeper meaning here. & the bracelets………….We r about 2 find……….
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