Last day of orientation.
Today, we were finally given our job assignments and I was surprised to discover I’m on the supposedly prestigious “Pip Squad.” Pip seems to be the backbone of the American Pavilion in a strange way. Our job is to help Pip procure and distribute to the American Pavilion students and staff tickets to the films in competition with black tie/gala screenings (i.e. The Great Gatsby, Blue Is the Warmest Color, etc.). Students/staff are given tickets through a raffle system, so we help run the raffles and keep track of who’s won tickets.
We were given a tour of the Palais, which was interesting and helpful, but really drove me into the ground (I think everyone’s feet are dying). We ran through the marché (market) where all the production/distribution companies have booths/displays and I took note of where Shochiku, TBS, and other big Japanese companies are stationed so I could check them out later.
I’ll be working the morning (6 a.m.) shift, keeping the ticket raffle book organized and answering questions. Although I’m not usually a morning person, the shift is only 4 hours (rather than 6) so I’ll have plenty of time to run around the festival, see films, and network.
Afterwards, our new roommate Alicia made us a wonderful spaghetti dinner. So lovely!
Time for bed. Until tomorrow!
P.S. My french is incredibly paltry, I readily admit. But I feel I’m doing rather well considering. I use simple phrases like bonjour, s’il vous plaît, and merci and the locals I’ve encountered thus far have been pretty kind and forgiving — which was unexpected but amazingly refreshing!
Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas