Rule 532

Dear Concert Security,

If you need something, maybe talk to the interpreter who is NOT actively interpreting.

Just a thought.

Love,

Logic & Courtesy

Rule 529

Today was just 24 hours? Are you sure? It feels like more.

Note from Uncle Dale: Sanity or How Can I Miss You If You Won’t Go Away!

There are those who may say I am ill equipped to write on a subject like keeping your mind right. I am the first to agree. Yet here we are!

Now, I am not talking about any sort of clinical diagnosis. I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv.

I’m also not a Saneist. I know many people who have had a label stapled to them that identifies them as existing, in a mental health sense, outside society’s acceptable lines. Many of these friends I believe are just way ahead of the curve in their perspective on how to approach life in general. Who is to say they are not right?

No, I’m talking about how you keep your head in the game for the long term as an interpreter, without burning out.

In a previous Note I admitted that sometimes you just have to walk away. But, there are things you can do short of that to keep your mind, body and spirit in healthy alignment.

First, admit to yourself that this is a highly stressful profession.  It is.  you are not weak of body or spirit by admitting this.  We often stand with our Clients at the high and low points of thier lives and that takes a toll.

Second, remember that interpreting in not who you are, it’s what you do.  See Rule 7 https://uncledalesrulesforinterpreters.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/rule-7/

If you make your whole identity “interpreting” then you are at the mercy of forces outside your control. You will have bad appointments. Everyone has a bad appointment sometime or another. If you tie your self-worth to how well you interpret what happens when that bad appointment tries to crush you?

Third, You have to have outlets and interest outside of interpreting. Some should even be outside the Deaf community completely! And before you (Deaf or hearing) think that is me saying that there is something about the Deaf community hearing people must escape, remember that even Deaf people go fly fishing sometimes. Hearing or Deaf we all skip the family party sometimes. It is possible to have a great deal of love and connection with a culture, or family or group or even a person and really just need to spend some time away from them every once in a while. As Aunt SuperTam tells me on a fairly regular basis, “how can I miss you if you won’t go away.” These are little escapes. Mini-vacations for your soul.

How do I escape? Well, recently I have started telling stories at regional storytelling festivals:

Last year I won the title of Utah’s Biggest Liar at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. I tell mostly stories about my adventures with my Grandfather who was a large animal veterinarian.

Every so often I try out for a play and do a little community theatre:

Boris Kolenkhov in “You Can’t Take It With You”

Cornelius Hackl in “Hello Dolly”

And just this week I got the role of Snoopy in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” playing in June.

It’s a little escape. A little outlet. A little mini-vacation time outside the world of interpreting. The great part is this “little time away” from the Deaf Community makes me applicate and love it even more when I return. I am more focused, more engaged and it helps me keep my head and perspective in tune. It keeps me sane, you could say.

Maybe AuntSuperTam is on to something. Maybe you can’t miss it if you don’t go away.

Rule 515

I could interpret that joke if I had an hour, a team of CDIs and a crate of tequila.

(We pass out the tequila and by the end of the hour everyone will think whatever the CDIs and I came up with is funny)

Rule 514

Non-signing friend: The Sign Language Man did this on TV last night:

*makes a gesture that nobody in the history of this green earth has made before or since*

What does it MEAN??

Jess Heyworth

Just reply, “oh I don’t think you’d be allowed to say THAT on television. What were you watching??!!!” Then never explain.

Rule 495

Terms for things all interpreters understand.

Morgan Freeman: when you narrate the appointment as much as interpret it (most common among VRS interpreters, but we all do it), as in:

I had to straight-up Morgan Freeman for an hour! I just kept saying, “The Client is reading the paper you just gave him so you’ll have to wait for him to look up,” or “The door is closed so the Client will not understand the instructions you are giving on how to collect a ‘clean’ urine sample.”

VRS Interpreters: “The Caller is talking to someone off screen,” or “there are now two people on the screen,” or “the Caller just walked away…”