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January 4th, 2007


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03:59 pm - Steps to a better life:
  • Step 1: Learn ASL for "Can I buy you a cup of coffee?"
  • Step 2: ?
  • Step 3: Profit!
Today's excursion into entirely different modes of experiencing communication was nigh disastrous.

Thankfully, there was a cute girl sitting next to me who kinda knew what she was doing, and was willing to help me out.

I'm in over my head with the ASL stuff, but the Chaote is kicking in.

If that little bastard weren't so rusty at existence, I might stand a chance at acing this course.

As it stands, I walked out repeating, "I will not be frightened by the fact that I can't keep up with a girl on the first day of class. I will not give in to frustration. I am not here for me. I am here for my Grove, ADF, and my co-workers. If no one sees me for ten weeks, they can deal with that."

And in a little voice at the back of my head, I was repeating something deeper and more ingrained:
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Then I turned around and looked back at Mendenhall Lab and the girl caught my eye and waved. And damnit, there I was feeling in-over-my-head again.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Sail On Sailor", -JB

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From:snakesinspace
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I "speak" some ASL... learned it because of my parents and siblings.

Go you!
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Realized I forgot to add "hotties" into my tags. Just for you!
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From:nontacitare
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
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I've used the Bene Gesserit litany of fear before too.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
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I used to recite it when I found myself walking alone downtown late at night. :)

Actually, I still recite it when in potentially dangerous situations. In fact, the main reason I read Dune was because I wanted to see how it fit in the story.
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From:tanrinia
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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"As it stands, I walked out repeating, "I will not be frightened by the fact that I can't keep up with a girl on the first day of class."

do they let children take college courses these days?
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm taking them, so I'm going to say "yes".
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From:sans_mal
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Ironic - our study group was just mentioning that mantra
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 4th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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It's great for the Virtue of Courage :)
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From:viedansante
Date:January 4th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
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I have complete confidence that you will manage this. Why? Because of many reasons, but the most important one is that you are too stubborn to let yourself fail.

That, and you know that this important.

Getting in over your head is a good thing from time to time - and actually, it should be done, to teach us that we still have more to learn.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
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*nods* I'm not so worried today.

But we'll see how class goes once the interpreters leave on Thursday.
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From:romandruid
Date:January 5th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
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I can't believe this. First day of class and you're *already* charming the girls? *tsk, tsk, tsk*

Focus on the dancing hands. You are dance guild thingamagig still, right? Well now's your chance to find a practical application -- ASL is a very poetic form of hand-dancing, no? If you don't believe me, go to a concert where there is a signer on stage, and watch the signer, not the performer. I promise -- you will be entranced. It's a form of ASL that is utterly blissful to watch. I tell you, Judi Collins ain't got nuttin on the chick who signed through her performance -- I'd rather watch the latter ANY day.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
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No, no. They're charming me :)

And I agree about the ASL interpreter. Totally cooler.

But I think I realized a parallel I can use to get past the issues I've been having. More on that in a bit.
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From:druid_medb
Date:January 5th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
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I learned ASL in High School so I could sign all of our theatre productions for our hearing-impaired students. It was really tough at first but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time. Maybe you could ask the young lady to join you for a study session?
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
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I'd have to ask her in ASL. Not allowed to speak to my classmates. I lose 10 points :)
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From:aislinggheal
Date:January 5th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
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Is it an official OSU-type class?

I recently watched the movie "The Family Stone" and realized that I had a sudden and deep-seated need to learn ASL. All I can currently sign are gay, capable, lesbian, and Shakespeare.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Those are very important signs to know.

At least you can tell someone that you're a "Shakespeare-capable lesbian". . . though I'm not sure how useful that might be.
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From:deedeehopskotch
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
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I took a few classes at the local deaf school when I was in high school. The only other under 50 year old and I would decide to come up with the most inappopriate phrases. We were amidst signing "Nice shoes, let's fuck" multiple times when we realized that there was a group of about 10 deaf 12 year olds watching us and laughing at us. Ahhh... timing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
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You must show me that sign next time we see each other.

I want to use it in class and tell the teacher that someone told me it meant, "Your shoes show you are an intelligent and worthwhile person."
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From:smithing_chick
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
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Hon, you never keep up with the girls in class. We're smarter.

*ducks & looks for cover*

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From:smithing_chick
Date:January 5th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC)
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Maybe I should note that this comment was preceded by a lengthy discussion on how men's brains seems to go missing over some amazingly stupid shit, prompted by the discovery that my friend's boyfriend thinks she *wants* her crazy psycho stalker ex boyfriend to keep showing up at the places they go to. Despite the fact that she's attempted to get a restraining order against the guy. (The boyfriend's got a law degree, too, so he really ought to have at least a basic grasp of the definition of a stalker)

And that my boyfriend felt threatened in our relationship because of my affection for my dog & thought she was trying to break us up.
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
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If you didn't find damn near every female you meet "hot" I'd say find someone else to sit next to so that the hottie doesn't distract you from the lessons in class.

Which is not to say you should avoid her outside of class, where you could practice all the hand movements you want with her. ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 5th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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Something I meant to mention about this class: Quite honestly, if I'd realized that there were so many really attractive girls taking ASL, I'd have learned it a long time ago. . .

My understanding is that I'm going to be spending a lot of time staring into the eyes of a lot of beautiful women this quarter. I'm one of three guys in the class of 35 or so students.
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 5th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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It would be. I keep thinking about how darn nifty it would be to record an ASL ritual and put it up on YouTube. . .

I think I've found a way to get around my issues, though. More on that later.
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From:singingwren
Date:January 5th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
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*laughs* You are such a melodramatic boy.

Why don't you shut up and do something REALLY scary, like attempting to beat me at a 64 / Nintendo / Atari game?
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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I worry about lots of things from time to time. It's what happens.

And I admit, I'm not scared of you so much as the ice and snow and my crappy traction.
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From:chirael
Date:January 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
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Wow, South Park and Dune in one post - I'm impressed ;)
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From:chronarchy
Date:January 9th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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I am afraid that I don't know the South Park reference. . . Even though I apparently wrote it.

I mean, of course I do. Now, to test your skills, what is it?

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