Monday, March 7, 2011
Nothing makes me feel more "politely Japanese" than when I'm trying to make someone feel less embarrassed than they already are.
I had a phone call from a potential student over at that film school I work at in L.A. He asked me about financial aid, a standard question.
"What is your email address, please?" I asked. "I can send you the link for the online application."
The caller, a guy in his late 20's, seemed reluctant to tell me. He stammered a bit before telling me that it was 'Britney pants at xmail dot com.'
"Oh, that's nothing," I said, attempting to reassure him. "Believe me, we've gotten a lot worse" (such as 'nunsgivehead at xmail dot com' - true story).
I was tempted to ask him, "Is that 'Britney pants' as in she breathes heavily? Or as in 'I'm wearing my special Britney pants today!'?"