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 731

Need a Wingnut Spanner? Ask the interpreter. Chances are they have one in their bag.

Will only a Left-Handed Wingnut Spanner do? Hold on for a minute, that’s in their car.

Random Thoughts From Uncle Dale: And Why Is Uncle Dale Posting This You Ask? Don’t Question Magic, Just Enjoy!

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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!