Rule 645

CURSE YOU:

Bizarre “field specific” acronyms;

Nonsensically named computer programs;

Obscure Jargon;

References to field offices in unusually named small towns in other states; and,

Client specific shorthand for things they deal with everyday on this job but that exist nowhere in the world outside!

Curse you and all your ilk!

Rule 644

When you feel so frustrated with the interpreter you’re mentoring that you just want to scream, instead, close your eyes, take a deep breath (in through your nose out your mouth) and remember these words:

“Oh. So this is what my mentor felt like.”

Rule 643

A professional expects payment. A volunteer expects gratitude.

Either may get both, but no one should ever expect both!

Rule 642

You can’t sign interpreter without Asshole.

Ladies and gentleman a round of applause if you will for Anne Leahy!

Rule 641

Teamed today with an interpreter who graduated from my program:

“You totally stole that interpretation right from an example I gave in class!

Good for you!

That means you paid attention in class!”

Rule 639

Dear Interpreter That I Mentor:

Don’t try to be “more like me.” The world already has a “me.”

The world needs a “you.” Be “more like you!”

I will pass along all that is “me” and you will build onto it all that is “you.” If I do my job well “you” will be a better interpreter than I ever was or could ever hope to be.

Because the future needs a “you.”