Rule 753

Stuff Uncle Dale Always Says, Explained:

Don’t be so easily impressed, I picked this video.

I have used this video to teach this principle for over 14 years. So, if I sound good interpreting it from ASL to Spoken Hearing, hint, I’ve seen it before…

However, that doesn’t mean I’m perfect. Back in the mid-1990s I helped collect videos of native Deaf ASL users telling stories and jokes for an ASL preservation library. I use some of the videos I collected in my classes to this day.

One of the stories is a man telling the Deaf King Kong joke. Remember I filmed this man telling this joke myself. I saw it live while it was recorded and have watched and used the video literally hundreds of times over the years since the day I collected it.

In 2017 a student in ASL to Spoken English suddenly said that the woman Deaf King Kong took up the building with him was named Jennifer. I dinged her for an addition error. She challenged me and… HOLY COW she was right! King Kong does say her name is Jennifer!

Not once, from the day I collected the video to that day, despite literally hundreds of viewings, had I ever noticed that detail. “A” for the day for that student!

Rule 716

Freelance considerations:

Good tires

Layers

Traffic/Time between appointments

Snacks

VRI considerations:

Internet connection

Lighting

Background

Snacks

Pants (yes/no)

VRS Considerations:

Context

Hold music vs. sanity

Snacks

Pants (Why, and would anyone in the Call Center notice/care)

Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: Let Me Give You An In Class Example…

Dear ASL to Spoken-English Students:

Don’t be so easily impressed:

I’ve taught this principle for thirteen years; and,

I picked the video!

Rule 672

Filling out paperwork at 2:23 AM in the emergency room:

Nurse: I’m sorry you have to work so late.

Uncle Dale: (Realizing how both common and odd that is to say) I’m sorry you have to work so late.

Nurse: Well, you know, it’s my job.

UD: Funny you should mention that, it’s mine too.

We both stared at each other for a moment or two and both of us burst out laughing. I have no idea why either one of us thought that was so funny but at 2:30 in the morning it really was!

Rule 634

When a referral agency offers a choice between two appointments we should all admit to selecting:

The appointment in closer proximity to that one donut place;

The appointment with the faster WiFi;

The appointment where that one time they had cake, really good cake; or,

The more intellectually stimulating.

In that order.

Rules for Media Interviews

Thank you Timpfest and the Deseret News.

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900030152/asl-interpreters-have-to-think-fast-on-their-feet-with-their-hands-at-utahs-timpanogos-storytelling-fest.html

Now…

years ago I was interviewed by The Today Show. A very wise attorney told me, “prepare your talking points before you start. Never rely on the interviewer to give them to you.”

Check.

“The Media never prints what you mean, only what you say.”

Yep!

“No matter how much you enjoy the story (article) someone somewhere will be offended by it.”

With those bits of wisdom in mind:

1. My wife is way ahead of you in pointing out that the article is kinda “The Uncle Dale Show!” It makes me laugh that they found the video of my Biggest Liar win and linked it (that is Chip interpreting);

2. They wanted to do an article about the interpreters, I suggested they interview a person who is Deaf for a cultural perspective (love Kristi!! She is fantastic!) and they still quoted me on Deaf culture (the quote is actually something I told the writer as an idea of the kinds of things to ask Kristi! Oh well);

3) That last paragraph? I was specifically discussing storytellers who use colloquial language (Read it again with that caveat in mind); and,

4) It’s a fun article, it won’t change the world but it may make it more fun.

In the end. I needed a little fun right now. Hope it makes you smile too.

Rule 627

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.”

Rule 622

Find your happy place.

Conference Presenter: It’s a very simple exercise in self-awareness. I will talk you through it while I show you how it’s done (pushes the microphone into the platform interpreter’s hand while muttering, “hold this for a sec…”)

NOW I’LL SPEAK LOUDLY! OK MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE FREE FOR THIS. CAN YOU HEAR ME IN THE BACK? (stage whisper to the interpreter, “hold that microphone near my mouth please…”)

Rule 611

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.