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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Deaf Culture

Living with three deaf neighbors and working with deaf professors has really been an interesting experience for me. I had a very wrong perception of deaf people and deaf culture before I moved here. The only exposer I had to anything deaf related were the two younger brothers of my two friends growing up. If I remember correctly, both had challenges mentally and/or physically besides the deafness, so I wrongly associated the two. I was quite pleasantly surprised to find that the deaf have a very unique and thriving culture and that the deaf can do anything a hearing person can.

It's amazing how specific American sign language is. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I really love deaf people and the deaf culture.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Rainy Day Adventure

Yesterday was an exciting day.

I made Myles and Kate come with me to the Step Out for Diabetes relay yesterday. It rained the whole time and the walk itself was really pretty fun. We finished about an hour and a half before Kate's brother was going to come pick up the van she'd driven down from Logan. We decided to go back to my house and get my car, then we'd be ready to go home (Logan) right after we did the car exchange. Kate was following me since I know Salt Lake and she doesn't. She was following me and doing a pretty good job following until I looked up at the light to see it change to yellow and looked in my rear view mirror and saw that they had dissapeared. I realized I didn't have my cell phone either and I had no idea where they went. I drove around and found a place to stop. I went into Carl's Jr. and found a nice lady who lent me a cell phone. I called my own phone, my home phone, and then my own phone a few more times. Myles finally answered and told me where they were. I ended up misjudging how far it was and walked 10+ blocks in the rain. I finally found them, but it was pretty exciting.

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Basically, I have the best roommates every. They threw me the nicest birthday party. It was such a nice thing to do for me my first birthday away from home. The best part is that I was totally clueless about the whole thing.

I had most of the day to relax. Claire called me at about 5:30 to find out if I wanted to go to the park. I told her that would be fun especially since I was sick of voice off. She came around at about 6:30 and we invited Kate to go with us to the park. She declined, saying she had too much homework. We started walking to what I thought would be the park, but it turned out we needed to drive (a little detail Claire forgot to mention) and I left my car keys in the apartment. When Claire started asking where I had parked, we turned around to get my keys. When we got back to the apartment Kate was gone. I didn't really think much of it, figuring she'd gotten sick of voice off herself and that she'd gone away to study. When we got to the park, Claire and I got out of the car and I commented on how nice the park was. I looked around and said, "CLAIRE, look how cute! Someone is having a party with green balloons!" She said "yep" and then "I think we should skip!" We started skipping over and I didn't realize that it was MY party until I was staring my at roommates and even then to took a minute for it to click.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Voice off turns sour

September 11, 2007

So, my roommate Kate and I had just about had enough of remaining silent at about 8:30 Sunday night, so we decided to head over to ward prayer. As it turns out, ward prayer is a very wonderful thing, but that's not what this post is about.

As soon as we stepped out of the building, we exploded into speaking; it was so relieving to use my voice. We walked to the church and chatted loudly and quickly, seeing as we had several hours worth of voice stuck inside. It was a little chilly so we both brought along a jacket, "just in case." After ward prayer was over, we had to face the reality of the voiceless apartment. We dawdled as long as we could, but we eventually got to our apartment. We complained loudly to the other residents on the other floors who were walking back with us about our silent fate. One of the boys started teasing Kate about not being able to talk and the next thing I knew I had shoved my jacket in the face of the unsuspecting young man.


Sunday, September 9, 2007

First Voice off Day

September 9, 2007

So, for everyone who was worried about my ability to be quiet for 2 hours a day, you have even more to worry about now: voice off hours (where everyone on the ASL floor has to sign to each other instead of speaking) have been adjusted to every odd number day from 10 am to 10 pm. It's 12 hours every other day. So, for everyone who was worried about 2 hours everday, I hope you're happy! There is no talking aloud allowed as long as one is on the asl floor. Residents may speak freely off the floor, however. I think I might be spending a good part of the odd numbered days away from the apartment.

I've actually done pretty well so far. I've only forgotten about the whole "no talking" think about 4 times today. And, considering I've been at this all day, that's not too bad. I've learned a whole bunch of new signs today too.

In other news, I got a bike yesterday. It's SO nice to have a bike here. Especially since my car is parked halfway across campus. I got the short stick in the parking lottery. I am a bit nervous about how I'm going to handle living on a huge hill though. (Note to self: bring inhailer back with you next time you go home.) Anyway, here are bike pictures:

I thought while I'm at it, I might as well just put up apartment pictures too.

I hope most of those are self explanatory. I'll add more pictures of my room when it's clean/when I get my quilt done.