If you ever want to know how much embarrassment you can take, interpret for a mediocre comedian who needs an easy target to save his act.
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.