Saturday, June 18, 2011
Almost immediately thereafter I got a message from Joe saying that I was familiar from LinkedIn. I admitted that I didn't even know what that was, and Joe apologized, having thought I was someone else. It seems Joe Fonda was looking for someone to practice English with due to an upcoming interview with HAUSCR. After finding out that my new friend was in Shanghai, I could not resist an interesting story. So I did what any reasonable adventure lover such as myself would do: I took my lunch break and spent the next hour on the phone with what ended up being an adorable Chinese girl.
We talked about things we like, our hobbies, and I even asked her some questions she might hear in an interview setting. She asked my opinion on the Arnold Schwarzenegger controversy. Apparently in China he's called Schwartzingu. She's a sophomore in college and she's studying accounting on recommendation from her family, but she really wants to be a director. Adorable.
Joe picked her name because the first part of her name started with a "Jo" sound, but didn't know it was a guy's name. I explained that it can be a girl's name, but it can be misleading. In fact, my mother's name is Josephine and often went by Jo when she was younger... so I just suggested to Ms. Fonda that she drop the "e."
All in all it was a fascinating and enjoyable experience. It's not everyday you get a random phone call from the other side of the world. I hope to hear from her again.
P.S. - Oh, and she says the sweetest things about this blog. ^^