Dear Deaf Client,
You know that Code of Professional Conduct forbids me offering personal opinions.
While we are waiting for your job interview at a clothing store I will hold your purse as you try on clothes, but I will not tell you which outfit looks better.
I’m not interpreting for your amusement. I don’t do funny voices.
Things Interpreters may think, but probably should not say (an on-going series):
You are really testing my people skills.
Actual conversation with my boss in 1998, when I asked to adjust my work schedule to take classes to complete my BA:
Uncle Dale: Because i’m going to law school.
B: Why? You are a great interpreter, you have a good job and do you realize that when you graduate you will be 33-years-old?
UD: I will be 33-years-old anyway. I might as well be 33-years-old and a lawyer.
B: But you should have done that a long time ago. You’ve made your decisions in life.
UD: Know what? I can still make decisions. In fact here is a decision, I quit.
One of the best decisions I ever made.
Nurse: “Ok, we just need you to sit in the room and make sure she keeps breathing….”
UD: Again, I’m sure they haven’t given me a complete list of the things they don’t want me to do as a contractor. But I’m pretty sure that would be on it.
(Pirate voice) Means no.
More wit and wisdom of Tyler Forsgren.
Keep your faith in humanity, even when this happens:
ER Nurse: So, did he go Deaf in the car accident and that’s why they called you here?
UD: Would you take a minute and just think about that?
The wit and wisdom of Tyler Forsgren.