two of the songs I've been working on for this film project will be finished today and the studio will be sending me an Mp3 to hear... next step.... payday.
Yesterday I was at an event, tons of kids but not many parents. A group of us formed, me and three other moms. As we were talking I realized, these are all friends of mine. Not just people I know. I owe that one a family dinner invitation, I'm meeting this other one for coffee tomorrow, and I see the third one at least once a week as I pick up or drop off a kid from her house (her daughter and mine are best friends). These are people who take it in stride when I say, "Whoa, what? I saw the part about cutting off your ponytail but then I got lost..." They all know how to communicate with me and aren't at all flustered, and I missed very few things in a long, rambling, 4-way conversation (and only had to stop and get caught up once or twice).
And this wasn't scheduled or anything, this was just a spontaneous grouping out of not that many parents.
It always takes three or four years (we moved here summer of 2004) and I'm so, so glad that I'm not looking at another imminent move -- that I can keep this stuff and even build on it. Hooray!
Since it came up yesterday that two people I thought knew, didn't, I'll add specifically that I'm deaf (but read lips) which is why the communication thing is so cool. It always stressful when I make myself known to a new group/ community (in person); I need to manage things carefully, work extra hard to understand people at first (which is the hardest time to understand them -- easier once I get to know them) so that they believe I can lipread and will relax already.
If I get tripped up when I first meet a person, they'll be impossible to lipread ever after since all they will be thinking when they talk to me is "she can't understand me, can she... I know she doesn't understand me..." and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy (all I see is "she can't understand me..." and not the words that are coming out of their mouths).
So it's great that I'm past that, that most people I run into in my everyday life (and that's a lot of people) know that I'm deaf and know that it's not a big deal and know that they can relax already and if I miss something, I'll tell them. (Which then has the result that I miss very little.)
Hearing people get all weird, yeah. Not all of them, and those that do are weird to different degrees. I definitely run into the deaf=stupid people now and then. (If I see that look I start using Very Big Words. :-D) Most of the time people just FREEZE and start freaking out about what they should do. Speak louder? Speak slower? Enunciate? Speak normally? Can she understand me???
I try to avoid freaking them out further and provide info if they want it and they calm down eventually. That's what's nice about current state of things -- most people I know have calmed down.
That's cool that you have some experience with Deaf culture, even that you know about it as a culture (and you even capitalized the D!). Yeah, stability and pride, I agree.
My good news: I live in a haunted apartment - a conclusion that my husband & I arrived at independent of each other. What's good about that? - I am not scared! A little spooked. But, not scared silly, incapacitated by fear - like I thought I'd be if I ever even felt a whiff of a ghost. I think having to look after (protect) my daughter has grown me a spine.
If you'd like, I'll send you the article in your pm box.
i stood up for myself.
i explained to my current boss that a job i am leaving for is completely separate and he cannot meddle in and 'negotiate' my position there with my future boss to make me some sort of a 'bridge' between the two organizations. i'd not be a bridge, but grain between two millstones. Yay, go me!
I ordered two new big inflatables and they arrived. My season starts tomorrow...business is rebuilding and I've recovered from 2 or 3 **** years and I'm coming back on top...again.
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:I ordered two new big inflatables and they arrived. My season starts tomorrow...business is rebuilding and I've recovered from 2 or 3 **** years and I'm coming back on top...again.
How'd you do that Bear? I mean, on the comeback, especially in this weird-o sky is falling economic climate. Congratulations, by the way.
SonofEva was on the local early morning news here, along with all the other students who take Rock Band at his school. That's right, Rock Band. It's a small school...they don't have enough students for a regular marching band, but they have enough for several rock bands! Their spring concert is on Friday, so this was a promo. If you want to see the clip, I've posted a link below.
SonofEva is on the back row, so you can't see him too well, but he was still excited! He thinks it's so cool to be able to take Rock Band at school. I agree!