deaf in the shitty
me curious. had a long talk with one of my mostest and bostest about his current work sitch. see, he's a cool lil bloke, but he's doing his do in an all-hearie environment which means dark bars, big groups, and little chance of getting involved. how does a deaf man handle this semi-exclusion? I mean, sure, we're all great one-on-one, but I'm not the only Sy Hersh in the deaf community to notice that once we turn into the Token Deaf in a group of 12 we get whiplash from trying to follow everyone at once, if that's even possible.
Me, I favor either being blunt or learning to live with it. "Look, co-workers, I'm here but I'm not here, ya dig? That cool with you? Cos you know, it's not cool with me." My friend favors humor. He thinks being blunt will turn people off - but he's not sure how humor will work. (I'm not either. I think being funny about things will just make him look stupid - I tried for four years in college and all I got was - serious! - a stupid t-shirt.)
So if anyone who reads this can comment on how they handle being the Lone Ranger in a group of Hear-mericans, I'd love that.
Meanwhile, anyone notice the passport shiz going on right now? The US is gonna prevent people coming in without biometric passports (yep, chips in your passports. Just like Spike's head. Possibly for the same reason.) Europeans will have to have these high-tech identifiers (which seem like a huge invasion of the privacy to me) and North American countries will have to present additional docs. Poor countries, of course, won't be coming to the states anymore. Rich countries will have to pour a huge amount of funds into satisfying American needs. Sound isolationist? Yeah. Of course this is all For Our Protection, though to be honest with the kind of financial resources terrorists seem to have they'll be able to get them more easily than, you know, regular people.
Why is this up here? Cos deafies travel. Oh yeah, we travel. This gonna put a crimp in our plans - and fuhgeddabout having the next deaflympics in NYC... oh wait, that's for the hearies...
Well, more later. Remember, deaf people with hearing groups - GO!