Rule 485

No matter what you think when you see yourself interpret, someone looks at you and says, “magical.”

Thank you Tasha Miller Collins.

Rule 468

First, voices whispering in the dark. Love the dramatic effect! But, any chance we could keep the interpreters’ light on? Just for the times you want the Deaf audience members, who bought tickets, to understand the dialogue. Even if it’s voices whispering in the dark.

Random Thoughts by Uncle Dale: Favorite Scientist

This is my son Max, and that is his favorite scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson. Most people don’t have a favorite scientist, but Max does.

On the day this was taken Max spent the afternoon running from one sold out Hall at the local university to another in a desperate bid to see NDT speak live, even if it was a closed circuit projection from a building all the way across campus.

He literally got the last seat available to anyone.

We came to pick him up when it was over and Max asked if we could wait in line (where NDT was signing books) so he could see him in person.

Now, I had promised Max I would drive him there and got stuck in traffic so I was late (part of the reason for the ticket scramble) and I felt a little guilty.

So we got in line.

And waited.

And waited.

For over two hours we stood on the steps of a winding staircase heading to the top most floor of the performance center where NDT had lectured. It was well after midnight when we approached the table.

NDT’s people kept a pretty tight schedule for him and it was, as I said, after midnight so they were hurrying everyone through the “sign the book-thank you-bye” assembly line. But when Max approached the table NDT stopped the well oiled machine.

Max had brought him a lab coat to sign.

He also had a book (not a book written by NDT, a children’s book about space).

And a lab coat.

NDT looked at the coat and then at Max and asked, “you’re not an evil genius are you? Because I gotta ask, what kid your age comes equipped with his own lab coat?”

Then he chatted with Max. Not long, but long enough for Max to know his favorite scientist took a real interest in him.

When Max proffered the book NDT pointed out that he did not write it.

Max replied, “I know. But it’s my first book about space. It’s the book that made me want to be a scientist and it’s what started me on my way to meet you.”

NDT took the book and signed it.

Then he did the Nerd Fighter “handshake” with Max, complete with hand motions and DFTBA!

Then the moment was over. But in that moment Max knew that for just a brief few seconds (a dot on and infinite dot in the universal scale) he, Max, was the most important thing in the world to his hero.

I found this picture the other day and when I looked at it again and remembered that moment I realized…

I have a favorite scientist.

Rule 428

I could not interpret with the skill I have today without the patience, love and encouragement of the Deaf community while I learned hard lessons on their time.

Shout out Adam Bartley!