Because of my newfound talent, they had an assignment for me almost immediately. WGBH--Boston's public TV station--needed someone to work in its tape transcription department. Apparently 'GBH had a little side business: Cable networks such as Nick at Nite and TLC got Boston-based worker bees to do their closed-captioning work for them.As a temp, I had to work the 4-to-midnight shift, which I soon discovered wasn't so bad, especially in light of the fact that I had only one friend left in Boston and I had burned my calf on her moped's muffler that summer.I'd sit there at my desk, my fingers clattering over the keys, typing "The story you are about to see is true ..." about five hundred million gajillion times. But I loved Sgt. Joe Friday and Officer Bill Gannon. I'd been a big Mathnet dork as a kid, and even though the real thing was so over-the-top hokey, I ate it up.
Type-a Personality; Closed Captioning Was Surprising Summer Fun.
The last three weeks of August are the worst days of the year. By that point summer has gone on forever, and it's way too hot and muggy to do anything worthwhil...