Note from Uncle Dale: Year One

Hello everyone! It’s official. This blog is one year old. Since the first post, made from my bed as I recovered from surgery, about 50,000 of you have dropped by about to say hello over 120,000 times.

It’s always good to see you!

I have met a lot of you in person at workshops, conventions and through webinars. I will be lucky enough to see more of you this summer, both nationally and internationally.

We have had great discussions on what it means to interpret, to be an interpreter. We have laughed and cried together as we learn to communicate across cultures.

You have shared the quirks and joys of what we do and thank you for that!

We have talked about how law impacts the communities we serve, how we see ourselves, how we are defined by the world around us and what is expected of us as interpreters

We have looked at skill development as well as personal development. We have exercised our mental, emotional and actual muscles.

This next year will be bigger and better.

The non-profit I am establishing to support certification will be up and running soon, the book is moving along, and the Goddesses will introduce more swag.

Most important, if we do this right, we will learn more about ourselves!

Thank you for everything you are, everything you do and, as always, thanks for stopping by!


Random Thoughts by Uncle Dale: Favorite Scientist

This is my son Max, and that is his favorite scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson. Most people don’t have a favorite scientist, but Max does.

On the day this was taken Max spent the afternoon running from one sold out Hall at the local university to another in a desperate bid to see NDT speak live, even if it was a closed circuit projection from a building all the way across campus.

He literally got the last seat available to anyone.

We came to pick him up when it was over and Max asked if we could wait in line (where NDT was signing books) so he could see him in person.

Now, I had promised Max I would drive him there and got stuck in traffic so I was late (part of the reason for the ticket scramble) and I felt a little guilty.

So we got in line.

And waited.

And waited.

For over two hours we stood on the steps of a winding staircase heading to the top most floor of the performance center where NDT had lectured. It was well after midnight when we approached the table.

NDT’s people kept a pretty tight schedule for him and it was, as I said, after midnight so they were hurrying everyone through the “sign the book-thank you-bye” assembly line. But when Max approached the table NDT stopped the well oiled machine.

Max had brought him a lab coat to sign.

He also had a book (not a book written by NDT, a children’s book about space).

And a lab coat.

NDT looked at the coat and then at Max and asked, “you’re not an evil genius are you? Because I gotta ask, what kid your age comes equipped with his own lab coat?”

Then he chatted with Max. Not long, but long enough for Max to know his favorite scientist took a real interest in him.

When Max proffered the book NDT pointed out that he did not write it.

Max replied, “I know. But it’s my first book about space. It’s the book that made me want to be a scientist and it’s what started me on my way to meet you.”

NDT took the book and signed it.

Then he did the Nerd Fighter “handshake” with Max, complete with hand motions and DFTBA!

Then the moment was over. But in that moment Max knew that for just a brief few seconds (a dot on and infinite dot in the universal scale) he, Max, was the most important thing in the world to his hero.

I found this picture the other day and when I looked at it again and remembered that moment I realized…

I have a favorite scientist.

Swaggy New Year!

I know. You didn’t get the Uncle Dale’s Rules shirt you really wanted on Christmas morning.

You dropped hints and left the computer open to Lucky Duck but to no avail.

Well no need to despair! The Swag Goddesses never stop. The Swag workshop elves love what they do and are ready to do it for you!

Start the New Year proudly proclaiming your profession!

Let everyone know how much you love what you do with all its oddities!

Remember that you are both brave and skilled!

You have an interesting job! Wear it on your sleeve!

Remember you can customize a shirt with your favorite Rule!

Start the new year off Swagtastically!