Today was a day of so many new things.
1. It was my first day at NVIDIA and the first time I’d ever had orientation at work. I expected the orientation to be small-ish, but when I was there, there were already at least 100 people hanging about.
Feeling awkward, I stood next to the group closest to me and casually slipped into the middle of their conversation. They were 3 men looking to be middle-aged. I asked them when was the last time they had orientation and they all laughed. “Must have been 10 years.” They were working together at Qualcomm when the company decided to drop their entire department. NVIDIA picked some of them up.
NVIDIA gifted us each a SHIELD and I still had no idea what to do with it.
2. I tried carpooling with Scoop. Richard picked me up — his house is one block away from my house and his office building is right next to my building. He must have been one of the earliest success stories of online dating. He married his wife in 1996, through Match.com. To make it more dramatic, his wife is from China. “She was one of six women in Asia back then on Match.com,” Richard said. “I flew to China to meet her, and a few months later, I came back to marry her.”
“Did you have to create your profile via mails or something?” I asked.
“Yeah, I had to send in my photos through mails because back then uploading photos online didn’t work.”
“How did your wife even know about Match.com?”
“Funny, her boyfriend back then actually told her about it. He knew that she wouldn’t marry him but he still wanted her to be happy. He saw me on Match and told her that I worked at Cisco, I must be financially secure.”
“Had she been in the US before she met you?”
“Nope. Never been outside of China.”
“What did her family make of her leaving the country with a strange man?”
“They love me!”
Well, lucky for his wife he didn’t turn out to be a human trafficker. Or so I think.