Rule 591

Interpreting Conferences can be divided into Awnings and Mimes.

Bold Striped Shirt = Attending the conference.

Black Shirt/Solid Light Colored Shirt = working the conference.

Swag in ANY Language

Hello Everybody!

I have received a few requests for Rule One and Rule Five shirts that are BSL instead of ASL.


So, the question becomes “how do you get one?”

The Swag Goddesses are all over it!

Use this link:

Go to Lucky Duck Custom Orders page and follow the instructions. Ask the elves to substitute BSL or LSF or ISL (oh, I see you out there Alvean! One of the best days I have ever had was touring Dublin with Alvean! Check her out on YouTube at Deafdub. While you are at it look at Deaf Village Ireland-I want one in Utah!) or whatever you want and then watch your mail for the magic.

When you get it Please Please post a picture for me!!!!

Now the next obvious question is, “What if I want the whole Rule in German or French or Cantonese?” We can do that, but it takes a little more work. Please write the translation in the language you want (I’m good but I can’t do Pashtun) and send it to me. I need to have it checked (just protecting my brand folks! My name is on this swag! The last thing I need is for someone to translate one of my Rules into something dirty in another language… if anyone is going to do that Aunt SuperTam will tell you it’s going to be me!) when it’s approved follow the same instructions above! It’s just that simple!

Order twenty or more and the Swag Goddesses can cut you a deal!


Be sure to send me a picture!!!

Love all y’all!


Note from Uncle Dale: Year One

Hello everyone! It’s official. This blog is one year old. Since the first post, made from my bed as I recovered from surgery, about 50,000 of you have dropped by about to say hello over 120,000 times.

It’s always good to see you!

I have met a lot of you in person at workshops, conventions and through webinars. I will be lucky enough to see more of you this summer, both nationally and internationally.

We have had great discussions on what it means to interpret, to be an interpreter. We have laughed and cried together as we learn to communicate across cultures.

You have shared the quirks and joys of what we do and thank you for that!

We have talked about how law impacts the communities we serve, how we see ourselves, how we are defined by the world around us and what is expected of us as interpreters

We have looked at skill development as well as personal development. We have exercised our mental, emotional and actual muscles.

This next year will be bigger and better.

The non-profit I am establishing to support certification will be up and running soon, the book is moving along, and the Goddesses will introduce more swag.

Most important, if we do this right, we will learn more about ourselves!

Thank you for everything you are, everything you do and, as always, thanks for stopping by!


Swaggy New Year!

I know. You didn’t get the Uncle Dale’s Rules shirt you really wanted on Christmas morning.

You dropped hints and left the computer open to Lucky Duck but to no avail.

Well no need to despair! The Swag Goddesses never stop. The Swag workshop elves love what they do and are ready to do it for you!

Start the New Year proudly proclaiming your profession!

Let everyone know how much you love what you do with all its oddities!

Remember that you are both brave and skilled!

You have an interesting job! Wear it on your sleeve!

Remember you can customize a shirt with your favorite Rule!

Start the new year off Swagtastically!


🎼Oh There’s Nothing Like Swag for the Holidays…

Ho Ho Hello to all! Uncle Dale here! That slightly odd uncle you can love from afar because you never have to worry about being seated next to at the family dinner!

The Swag Goddesses have the elves working overtime to meet your orders! The links are at the bottom! The elves love what they do, and if you hurry they can still get this to you in time to give your friend who is Deaf:

Or this for the newly certified interpreter:

Or this for the hard working CA in your life who takes that midnight shift:

Or this for… you know who:

Or this for yourself (to wear when you see you know who):

You can even make a custom order with any Rule you want! (Fingers crossed, eyes closed, Rule 276, please someone, Rule 276…)

If you do please send me a picture!!!!

The elves are waiting! And all of them are wearing this reminder:

Be sure not to miss the other incredible items the Swag Goddesses produce to satisfy all your slightly or majorly snarky needs!

Uncle Dale’s Rules for Women

Uncle Dale’s Rules for Men