Re: OT Signers
Thank you for throwing down the gauntlet!
It's nice when people set up realistic challenges for you, like
"Learn to fly by flapping your hands and jumping in place"
"Control the weather with a tuning fork."
"Have an intelligent conversation during the Superbowl"
Truthfully, I'm not watching the Superbowl this year (gasps of
horror). Actually, I never have, I never plan to and the whole thing
seems pretty pointless to me. I mean, who cares about who the catcher
is, or how many widgets it takes to add up to a whozit or under what
conditions the winning team has to make a human pyramid before the
losing team can fold the necessary number of origami chipmunks? I
mean, gosh. I'd rather watch a quilting bee.
Seriously, if I ever meet a bee that can weave quilts with good taste
and artistry, then I'll know it's time to form my own Yahoo group!
- Hi Mahiruha
The challenge was based on my faith in your abilities! You are quite
capable of it, I believe.
Most things bees do are done in good taste and with artistry, so
that quilt would be amazing. Woven in hexagonal patterns, I assume.
As for the origami chipmunk, Google 'origami chipmunk' and you will
see someone has made one!!
PBS TV in America a couple of years ago used to do a fantastic
program called 'Signing Time' for children to learn signing in a fun
way. I don't know if its still on PBS but maybe the DVDs are
Go to YouTube, type in 'Signing Time the alphabet' and you will find
the signing alphabet there in a very manageable way!
While you are on YouTube type in 'Signing Time silly pizza song' to
see how the whole thing is put together.
And there's your segue to my challenge!!!
- Nice one. I have a deep affection for my New-Zealand family. Working
with them in the Housing Team over many happy years the NZ accent
caused a lot of hilarity. We stopped in the van outside the stores one
day because someone needed a pin. - yes you probably guessed. It
turned out that they did not want a pin. They needed a pen.
On another occasion we had finished cleaning and were singing and
'raising the consciousness of the house' while waiting for the van to
come. There were several Czech girls in the team and they sang very
sweetly. Someone commented on the singing and one NZ girl expressed
her view as to who sang best. The girl was mortified. 'Why do you
think I'm the beast?' she asked.
I wonder if anyone else can remember more of these New Zealand-isms?
On the deaf-signing question, a close friend is a qualified
signing-interpreter and works in a deaf school. She learned the
British Standard signing method but found that there are regional,
cultural and even family-versions. There can be ten or fifteen ways of
signing one thing. She's worked there for several years now and is
familiar with most of the variations but it was quite difficult at
first. Like any language it takes time and effort and then a lot more
practise to become expert but I guess it would be good for everyone to
learn some of the basic signs while at school just to be able to be
polite and show oneness our with deaf brothers and sisters around the
- Very funny, Nicholas!
When I traveled to Germany, seven years ago, I made a remarkable
discovery: that, oddly enough, Germans who live in Germany for some
inexplicable reason speak German, not English. I went there not
knowing how to say anything except "ich essen kein fleisch" (I'm sorry
if I'm misspelling anything here.) That means that I don't eat any
meat. When my waiter asked me if I wanted "gemuese" I didn't know
that gemuese meant vegetables!
During my trip, I went to a guitar/zylophone concert in Berlin. It
was fun. The guitarist was very skilled and talented, but he kept
getting drowned out by the maniacal zylophonist. Anyway, during the
intermission, I had a very nice conversation with an Ethiopian
gentleman who had immigrated to Germany many years previously. I
asked him at one point when was the last time he had had a
conversation with somebody in English.
"Oh," he said, after a pause,"about twenty years ago."
I mean, my English-speaking pride evaporated!
Anyway, come visit me in Chicago so that you can enjoy some sloppy
totally-to-die-for deep-dish pizza!
- Hi Durga Mata,
I had to chime in on the New Zealand isms as I had a cute experience
in Annam Brahma.
I was on the clean up crew in Annam Brahma with some lovely New
Zealand girls, and I asked one of the girls what still needed to be
She replied, "oh you can clean the benches."
So I got some sponges and hot water and soap in a bucket, and I went
into the dining room and immediately started scrubbing what I
understood to be benches; the wooden seats that are up against the
walls. In Canada we would call a wooden seat like that a bench.
My friend saw me and immediately started laughing. She asked me what
I was doing and I said I was cleaning the benches. Then she laughed
even louder and took me into the kitchen to show me the benches.
They are what we would call counters or countertops in Canada.
We all had a good laugh at our language miscommunications and agreed
that at least tomorrow the workers would have very clean seats to
PS Speaking of sign language, have you ever been in a house in
housing where almost nobody speaks the same language? It's a lot of
fun once you get past the initial frustration:)