Rule 530

We have a last minute appointment, are you familiar with Hamilton?

(By the way, just to head off the CPC discussion that has already started on social media, no I did not interpret for Hamilton. I did, however, go to it with my family and it was AWESOME!)

Rule 529

Today was just 24 hours? Are you sure? It feels like more.

Rule 528

Legal interpreting is not as scary as you think; Medical interpreting is scarier than you think; and, Educational interpreting is more challenging than you think.

Rule 527

Is interpreting a real job? Anything is a real job if someone pays you to do it. Politics and prostitution prove that point.

Swag in ANY Language

Hello Everybody!

I have received a few requests for Rule One and Rule Five shirts that are BSL instead of ASL.


So, the question becomes “how do you get one?”

The Swag Goddesses are all over it!

Use this link:

Go to Lucky Duck Custom Orders page and follow the instructions. Ask the elves to substitute BSL or LSF or ISL (oh, I see you out there Alvean! One of the best days I have ever had was touring Dublin with Alvean! Check her out on YouTube at Deafdub. While you are at it look at Deaf Village Ireland-I want one in Utah!) or whatever you want and then watch your mail for the magic.

When you get it Please Please post a picture for me!!!!

Now the next obvious question is, “What if I want the whole Rule in German or French or Cantonese?” We can do that, but it takes a little more work. Please write the translation in the language you want (I’m good but I can’t do Pashtun) and send it to me. I need to have it checked (just protecting my brand folks! My name is on this swag! The last thing I need is for someone to translate one of my Rules into something dirty in another language… if anyone is going to do that Aunt SuperTam will tell you it’s going to be me!) when it’s approved follow the same instructions above! It’s just that simple!

Order twenty or more and the Swag Goddesses can cut you a deal!


Be sure to send me a picture!!!

Love all y’all!


Note from Uncle Dale: Millie Continues to ROCK!

A Quiet Place is here!

97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Number one movie in the country and Millie is getting fantastic reviews.

There is a reason she is! The movie is great and she is AWESOME!

Most important, HOLY COW IT’S A SCARY MOVIE. It is like nothing you have EVER seen. You spend the whole movie on the edge of your seat… listening, oh and holding your breath.

If you have anxiety MED UP before you go!

I am teaching a class this semester called “Visual Linguistic Analysis.” The purpose of the class is to analyze how prosody impacts meaning in ASL (anyone who is fluent can tell you what was said, the skill of an interpreter is being able to discuss why you know). One of the points of analysis we discuss is genres of discourse. One of the genres is “Deaf Gain” or “because I’m Deaf I win.” This movie speaks to Deaf Gain at a level so subtle and in such an imbedded manner that I have not decided for myself if it was on purpose. In the end, who cares! Millie carries the Deaf Gain off with a skill that is frankly stunning.

The funniest thing to me is the main criticism I am seeing is the thing I loved about it; it tells you nothing that the characters would not know. The movie wastes no time explaining why, where or how. I just allows you to watch what the characters do.

I would say “run do walk” but don’t run, just stay on the sand so they don’t hear you, and get to A Quiet Place.


Took my kids to see A Quiet Place in a very quiet theatre!

I can’t wait to see where Millie goes next!