WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT JAN THE DENTAL RECEPTIONIST and I THINK SHE WORKED FOR THE CIA.

Shooting the shit with the receptionist as we figure out my co-pay and she reassures me that no, crowns don't really hurt and that yes, I really will be okay. And that wow, everyone has a history.
  1. Jan can learn any new language in three months. She speaks Hebrew, Farsi, Arabic. French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and more.
    When she told me this, I said jokingly "oh I'm surprised the CIA hasn't recruited you." She said "BEEN THERE DONE THAT." This really piqued my interest and I went in with the questions. She didn't seem to mind.
  2. She served in the Israeli army for 10 years. The first two were in combat. She eventually switched to translating conversations in a basement because she had trouble shooting an 8 year old pointing an AK47 at her.
    Yes, she just dropped this crazy personal story as she is adding up my bill with a chewed up pencil on the back of an envelope.
  3. Interpol offered her a job but she didn't feel like moving to France.
  4. Her husband was in the secret service and he likes to tell stories about his time in the service. She doesn't tell stories because it's too dark and she is afraid that people won't understand why she had to do what she had to do.
  5. She still has nightmares sometimes.
  6. She moved to the US when it was time for her daughter to join the army.
    She didn't want her daughter to go through that.
  7. Now that I know all this stuff about Jan, I feel in really good hands at the dentist. I also get why she was pissed that I was five minutes late.
  8. I kinda can't wait until my appointment next week for crown-prep. Hopefully, I will find out more.