Aunt SuperTam, who doesn’t sign, offers this advice…
How hard could it be?
Here, let me help. It just goes:
Marley in Chains
Redemption with a big turkey
God bless us everyone!
There. That should do it.
They can Venmo me the payment.
Some days you just have to wonder what witch you pissed off.
VRS Interpreters: The difference between denotative meaning and connotative meaning is often time dependent. A signed phrase that at 2:00 p.m. means “butt dial,” at 2:00 a.m. means, “booty call.”
Find your happy place.
Security: I can’t let you into the convention without a pass.
Interpreter: I’m the Sign Language Interpreter.
Security: Oh, they told me to tell you that your credentials are at the Information Booth in the Main Hall.
Interpreter: Ok thanks, I’ll go and get them.
Security: Sorry. I can’t let you in without a pass.
When a Doctor’s Office tells a Deaf person, “you have to bring your own interpreter,” I just want to ask the name of the wheelchair user they required to build that wheelchair-ramp in front of their building.
Terms For Things All Interpreters Understand:
When you are working from ASL-to-Spoken English and the Client suddenly signs, “YES, EXACTLY YOU RIGHT POINT GOOD,” you have no idea what “point” a different Deaf person, who is behind you, made, and let’s face it “TRAIN-GONE,” but you still reflexively turn your head toward the second Deaf person and, whoops, “TRAIN-GONE” what the Client is saying NOW, so you quickly snap your eyes back to the Client only to realize, by the look on the Client’s face, that the Deaf person behind you is making another comment…
Agency: Will you take an appointment at a nudist resort?
Me: Is it Deaf/Blind interpreting?
It’s too hot! If my last client was just a mirage do I still get paid a two hour minimum?
Will computers ever replace interpreters?
Nah, computers are way too smart to put up with all crap interpreters take for as little as we get paid.
This is the right Doctor’s office and this is a Deaf person, it’s just the wrong Deaf person. Out in the waiting room is the Deaf Client you were supposed to interpret for, who was a little late, and thinks you didn’t show up at all…