The Fun Theory

I’m all for spicing things up a bit and making life a bit more fun! 😀

I happened to see this website about The Fun Theory.

“This site is dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.”

Bottle Bank Arcade Machine
“Many of us return our plastic bottles and cans. Noticeably fewer recycle their glass. Maybe that’s because we don’t get any money in return, as we do for cans and plastic. Can we change this attitude by making recycling glass fun to do? So you are not just rewarded with a good conscience, you also get a smile. See the results here.”

Piano Staircase
“Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator and feel better” is something we often hear or read in the Sunday papers. Few people actually follow that advice. Can we get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do? See the results here”

The World’s Deepest Bin
“To throw rubbish in the bin instead of onto the floor shouldn’t really be so hard. Many people still fail to do so. Can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin, rather than onto the ground, by making it fun to do? See the results here.”
There’s actually a couple of women signing in this video clip.


I have several blogs that I blog on. This blog has focused mostly on everyday life occasions and deaf topics.

I do have a personal blog…one that is restricted to only a few friends (private). I tend to blog more about non-deaf related topics on that blog. So, yes there is more to me than what I post here. 🙂 This is a public blog.

I also blog on DNAExchange. I keep meaning to copy/paste my posts from there onto this blog to share with a wider range of audience. It is targeted towards genetic counselors but I think others may enjoy reading it also. There are many good posts written by a variety of people…go check them out at DNAExchange.

My posts so far:
July 2009:When the Line Between Being a Friend and a Genetic Counselor Becomes Fuzzy
August 2009: Label Jars…..Not People
October 2009: How to Work With Interpreters

Two Gifts

I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout my blog but I haven’t really expanded on it. I don’t know the best way to but here’s my first shot at it. I have started this blog post several times but I usually end up deleting it because I just can’t seem to figure out the best way to 100% express what I’m trying to say. Not even sure this will make any sense but maybe it will be a good starting point.

All my life, I always felt like I was missing out on something because I couldn’t hear. People thought it was sad I couldn’t hear. People thought I couldn’t enjoy the world around me because I couldn’t hear. That negative attitude made me miss out on what being deaf had to offer me.

Sure, people feel “sorry” for me because I can’t hear. Frankly I feel just as “sorry” for them because they can hear.

Don’t get me wrong. I love hearing with my CI and hearing aid. I would never take them for granted. I wear them everyday even though they just give me environmental awareness and not speech discrimination. If my CI were to ever fail *knock on wood* I would 100% want to be reimplanted.

However, I love not being able to hear too. When I take my CI off things just become sharper and the colors become brighter. I notice things that hearing people don’t notice. When I visit a place I’ve never been to…I like to experience it with sounds and without sounds.

For example, when we hiked a 14Ker in Colorado earlier this year…with the CI, I could hear the wind blowing, birds, us walking, us huffing and puffing, streams, etc. It did make it harder to focus on the visual things and I felt like I was missing out on the beauty around me so I turned it off for some of the hike. It wasn’t until then that I started noticing the finer details of trees, the way water flowed around rocks, all the colors of the sunrise, the way the sunshine was hitting the mountain, subtle facial expressions on my fellow hikers’ faces that made me smile on the inside, etc.

Yes, I know hearing people notice those things too but I truly feel like they don’t get to appreciate it as much because they’re being stimulated by an additional sense that overrides some of the things they’re taking in visually.

Funny how when I was younger I took it for granted that I was deaf and didn’t think there was really anything positive about being deaf. The older I get, the more I wish hearing people could experience what it’s like to be deaf because they do miss out on things. Although every once in a while it’s nice to have a world of my own, a world that belongs to me.

Frankly, if I had a choice between experiencing what it’s like to be a hearing person for a day or give the gift of what it’s like to be deaf to those around me for a day. I would want those around me to be deaf for a day…because I think it would be a gift for them to see the fine details that this world has to offer us. I think people would be amazed at how much they overlook because of all the senses they have.

If all the hearing people around me became deaf for one day I would cram everything into that day. I would take them to a waterfall, on a subway ride, on a hike, and to a music concert. Just to show them how much fun it can be to experience those things as a deaf person.

Sometimes it does bother me that I can’t share what I experience as a deaf person with hearing people.

Being able to hear is a gift. Being deaf is a gift. I have 2 gifts. I’m very thankful for both gifts.

Libraries are NOT Quiet

I’m at the local library working on stuff for work.

I don’t care what people say, libraries aren’t quiet.

People coughing

Humming of computers, fluorescent lights, etc.

People talking

People putting stuff away in their bags or getting stuff out

Noisy kids

Chairs being moved

Books being put away

Yes, libraries are quieter than the average public place but definitely not as quiet as I had always assumed they were.

I decided to take my CI off to focus on work better. That’s one of the perks of being deaf….you have an “off” button and can turn the world of sounds off.

However, I did forget to check the volume of my laptop after I turned the CI off. I was watching the ASL music video I recently posted with the volume on…..and didn’t realize the sound was on for a while. Oops….I was probably the loudest person in the library at that time. Once again I proved there is some truth to the idea that deaf people are loud even though we can’t hear. 😉

ASL Music Video

Sometimes I don’t think people really realize that ASL is a language of its own.

I keep meaning to recruit a few friends to do a vlog to show the difference between ASL, CASE/PSE, and SEE2. It hasn’t happened yet, but I should do it sometime soon.

I grew up using SEE2 which follows spoken English word order. ASL is more concept based and is NOT a written language. However, you can “gloss” ASL which is the closest you can come to “writing” ASL. “Glossing” is basically writing down the sign + movement of the sign + facial expressions.

ASL is by far not my native language yet I had to use ASL and CASE interpreters in graduate school. Oy! Trying to translate genetic concepts from ASL into English during a 3 hour class and during rotations was challenging at times. Translating genetic concepts into ASL so that interpreters could understand me without losing the meaning…was…challenging!

I would actually ask interpreters to mouth the words because not everything gets translated word for word. So whatever I didn’t get from ASL I would lipread.

Below is a video I happened to see. It’s not the best ASL video I’ve seen but it gives you a general idea of how ASL is different from spoken English in terms of the language structure. The person in the video is signing in ASL. Click on the caption buttons on the bottom right of the video. He provides English subtitles on the top and ASL “glossing” on the bottom.