Rule 648

If you are on hold with the Social Security Administration and you have to go to the bathroom, go. You have time.

Aaron Shoemaker is responsible for this bit of evil!

Another Milestone.

Another moment of gratitude for everyone. When I was not looking this happened:

That is the same number of visits and more visitors than the whole of last year.

To put it in perspective.

This is the total since I started the blog:

The blog is roughly 19 months old.

Thank you.

Thank you all for your support when I needed it.

Thank you for your feedback and critique.

Thank you for adding your wit and wisdom to this blog.

Mostly though, thank you for stopping by and enjoying with me the terrors and pleasures of what we do everyday!

I’m working on the book everyday. I would like to think it will be finished soon, but I will soon be entering the editing process-which I hear can feel like it NEVER ENDS.

Wish me luck!

Rule 646

Life is less stressful if we recognize the difference between things that you have to do and things that you should do.

For example:

I should have posted this Rule earlier, but I had to get some sleep.

Rule 630

Find your happy place.

Twice a month you team for a 2 1/2 hour “Department Meeting” that could be effectively replaced by a half page email each and every time.

Rule 627

VRS Interpreters: The difference between denotative meaning and connotative meaning is often time dependent. A signed phrase that at 2:00 p.m. means “butt dial,” at 2:00 a.m. means, “booty call.”

Rule 626

Freelance Interpreters! There are certain “frozen texts” you just want to put in your toolbox now, so you don’t sweat when you inevitably have to interpret them (and you will, sooner or later, you will):

a) Rights a defendant waives when pleading guilty;

b) Common risks of surgery contained within an Informed Consent wavier;

c) K-12 educational disclosure forms; and,

d) “Modern Major General” from Pirates of Penzance…

Sooner or later friend, sooner or later.

Rule 625

When you find a video of that conference five years ago where everyone said you totally rocked the ASL-to-English interpretation for that Deaf presenter, remember- that video is a cursed object.

Do not open it! Don’t even touch it!

Because, inside it is your best work, from five years ago.

And you will see it is good, you know, for five years ago.

I mean it’s nowhere near the level of your best work today.

But it’s still pretty good.

Well sure, you’ll think, there are a couple of word choices you would not have made today, but it’s acceptable work.

Except, now you notice that odd voice inflection, but it’s fine, mostly, I mean for five years ago.

Of course, you did seem to say “ummmm” like, A LOT. But it’s not bad, really.

And wow, you realize that actually vocalized that rhetorical question literally without adjusting it to its “Hearing” equivalent. You would never make that choice today.

But maybe you were tired?

(Why, you wonder, didn’t you hand it off to your team, what were you thinking?)


By the way, your work was great. It’s not worse than you remember, you’re just better than you were!