January 4th, 2007
|03:59 pm - Steps to a better life:|
Today's excursion into entirely different modes of experiencing communication was nigh disastrous.
- Step 1: Learn ASL for "Can I buy you a cup of coffee?"
- Step 2: ?
- Step 3: Profit!
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.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.
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.
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Sail On Sailor", -JB
I "speak" some ASL... learned it because of my parents and siblings.
Realized I forgot to add "hotties" into my tags. Just for you!
I've used the Bene Gesserit litany of fear before too.
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.
"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?
I'm taking them, so I'm going to say "yes".
Ironic - our study group was just mentioning that mantra
It's great for the Virtue of Courage :)
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.
*nods* I'm not so worried today.
But we'll see how class goes once the interpreters leave on Thursday.
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.
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.
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?
I'd have to ask her in ASL. Not allowed to speak to my classmates. I lose 10 points :)
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.
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.
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.
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."
Hon, you never keep up with the girls in class. We're smarter.
*ducks & looks for cover*
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.
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. ;)
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.
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.
*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?
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.
|Date:||January 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)|| |
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?