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And now that I have your attention, I'll begin.
As you know,
this entertainment is called "Dispatches From Elsewhere"...
a title that I assure you will have more relevance
as the story progresses.
Unless this is your first experience with a limited-run episodic,
which our records indicate it is not,
then you're aware of the storytelling convention
which dictates that the filmmakers
spend an unnecessary amount of time
to introduce you to our protagonist,
his occupation, the particularities of his life,
and, most importantly,
the obstacles which stand in the way of his happiness.
朋友們 作爲我的諸多贈禮之一 首先
As the first of my many gifts to you, my friends,
I propose we skip this convention
and get on with what you came here for... the story.
I propose I return to you 20 minutes of your life
by reducing the standard introduction
to a mere two minutes.
This is Peter.
Think of him as you.
He is you if you lived alone
and woke every weekday to your iPhone alarm,
still set to the default chime "radar".
Peter is you if you walked to work in the morning,
which he neither enjoys nor does not enjoy.
He never makes eye contact with his fellows
and assumes his fellows
never make eye contact with their fellows, either.
Peter is you if you worked a reliable job
at a company which offers on-demand listening
of over two millions songs
for a modest monthly fee.
In addition, the company's innovative algorithm
conveniently informs you of songs you will enjoy
based on your prior listening history,
saving you the hassle of unpleasant
and unnecessary musical exploration.
Peter is you if you walked the same route home as you did to work,
only, as I'm sure you understand,
in the opposite direction.
He generally stops into his corner bodega to procure dinner,
which often consists of packaged sushi
with a small packet of brown liquid salt and spicy green putty.
Peter is you if you ended your day in the same place you began it,
with no change.
Every day like the others,
with the exception of meaningless and arbitrary deviation.
Burrito instead of sushi, perhaps.
And this is tragedy in its most quietly devastating costume.
A life without risk. A life without real pain.
A life without real joys.
This is existing, not living.
At least that is my philosophy.
And at the end of the day that's all I've got.
So, my friends, I think we've got the idea.
Now you know Peter.
Squint your eyes, and Peter is you.
Enough so, at least,
that I think we can jump right into the day something changes.
I should like to confess now that I lied to you once
and only once during my introduction.
I can assure you, however, that I remain a reliable narrator.
Are you Normal?
I'm sorry, what?
Are you Norman?
Oh, no. No.
Oh, man. Sorry.
Can I help?
No, it's... it's an accident.
-好吧 再次抱歉 -抱歉
- Okay, sorry again. - I'm sorry.
Work stuff, work.
Work. Work stuff.
工作 工作 還是工作
Work. Work. Work stuff.
How did... how did you know that?
Well, yes, I-I saw the... the man...
the man from the sign.
He was putting up his own "have you seen this man" flyer.
I'm not surprised.
Thank you for calling the Jejune Institute,
We would like to invite you to a special orientation session.
I'm sorry, orientation session?
We are located at 12616
South 7th Street, Suite 1607.
That's so many numbers.
Would you like to procure a writing implement?
N-No, I'm fine.
Saturday at 2:00 P.M., Eastern Standard Time.
I don't think that I can, actually.
For those Dark Horses with the Spirit to look up and see...
A recondite family awaits.
And how has this week been, socially?
Have you had lunch with a co-worker?
Any interesting conversations?
Try any new restaurants?
Watch anything new on TV?
Peter, can I ask you a question?
Yes, of course.
Why do you come see me?
Well, it's free, you know?
It's included in my medical benefits,
and I've never had medical benefits until this job,
所以我就想 "管它呢 彼得
so I just thought, "Heck, Peter,
take advantage of the opportunity
and see what psychiatry's all about".
And what are your thoughts so far?
I like it. I do.
I think our conversations go pretty well.
I know that you do a lot of the heavy lifting.
I wish I brought more to the table.
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