Rule 641

Teamed today with an interpreter who graduated from my program:

“You totally stole that interpretation right from an example I gave in class!

Good for you!

That means you paid attention in class!”

Rules for Media Interviews

Thank you Timpfest and the Deseret News.


years ago I was interviewed by The Today Show. A very wise attorney told me, “prepare your talking points before you start. Never rely on the interviewer to give them to you.”


“The Media never prints what you mean, only what you say.”


“No matter how much you enjoy the story (article) someone somewhere will be offended by it.”

With those bits of wisdom in mind:

1. My wife is way ahead of you in pointing out that the article is kinda “The Uncle Dale Show!” It makes me laugh that they found the video of my Biggest Liar win and linked it (that is Chip interpreting);

2. They wanted to do an article about the interpreters, I suggested they interview a person who is Deaf for a cultural perspective (love Kristi!! She is fantastic!) and they still quoted me on Deaf culture (the quote is actually something I told the writer as an idea of the kinds of things to ask Kristi! Oh well);

3) That last paragraph? I was specifically discussing storytellers who use colloquial language (Read it again with that caveat in mind); and,

4) It’s a fun article, it won’t change the world but it may make it more fun.

In the end. I needed a little fun right now. Hope it makes you smile too.

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 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!


Rule 623

VOF doesn’t spell anything. It’s 209. It’s always 209.

Wit and Wisdom of kris10write

Rule 621

Following a major illness, tragedy or medical procedure, it turns out that, “Up and around” and “Ready for five hours of platform interpreting,” are not the same thing.

Rule 615

Making ethical decisions in a vacuum is like getting lost and only asking yourself for directions.

This is a combination of the Wit and Wisdom of two people, Xenia Fretter and one other reader who asked not to be named. Thanks to both!