I am currently curled up in the dark watching what is perhaps the ultimate horror film for we, the few, the proud, the damaged, the gimp-Canadian/gimp-American-community...
A journal of a "post-lingual acquired hearing loss in adulthood", or how I went deaf - and got a cochlear implant - at 39.
Gallaudet's incoming president removed
Since American football - or basketball, or baseball, or something - ate what I was originally going to watch tonight, I was channel-surfing when I stumbled across something almost unprecedented.
You have to give Bill O'Reilly credit for having the balls to appear on David Letterman's show last week after Letterman's humiliation of him was the talk of the internet for days after their first dustup. ("I have the feeling," Letterman said, during that encounter, "that about 60% of what you say is crap.")
O'Reilly: Let me ask you something. And this is a serious question. Do you want the United Sates to win in Iraq?
Letterman: Well, you know in the beginning, here is my position in the beginning and I, I think I - I sort of felt the way everybody did, we felt like we wanted to do something, because something terrible had been done to us. We did not understand exactly why, all we knew was something terrible, something heinous, something obscene had been done to us. So while it didn't necessarily make sense to go into Iraq as it did perhaps to go into Afghanistan, I like most everybody else felt like yes, we needed to do something. And as the weeks turned into months, years and one death became a dozen deaths and hundred deaths and a thousand deaths - then we began to realize you know what? Maybe we're causing more trouble over there than the whole effort has been worth.
O'Reilly: Possible, but do you right now? Do you want the United States to win in Iraq?
Letterman: First of all, I don't -
O'Reilly: It's an easy question, If you don't want the United States to win -
Letterman: It's not easy for me because I'm thoughtful.
You've probably heard about the flap surrounding Michael J. Fox's ad in support of a candidate who supports stem cell research. (A bit of a hot button for me, as embryonic stem cells have regenerated "hair cells" when implanted into the cochleas of deaf mice.) Anyway, you also probably knew that Rush Limbaugh said that Fox was either "off his medications" or "exaggerating" his symptoms when filming the ad.
I have learned a few words or phrases in several of the languages people speak around the office, mostly Arabic, Swahili and Spanish, in addition to my bad French. I use them sometimes roughly (as you'll see below), but the intent is usually appreciated.
I went to a dinner hosted by an anti-tobacco group last night. It was associated with a health and wellness conference and I went on behalf of the organization I work for.
If you missed last week's Liberal Party Leadership Debate, fret not - by far the best, most honest and most astute play-by-play review of the debate is on Frog Lady's blog.
Today I went to lunch with a friend.
Earlier I mentioned the Deaf President Now protests, in which students at Gallaudet University, the United States' only liberal arts university for the deaf, occupied their campus for a week to protest the appointment of a hearing President.
Sharing food is one of the easiest and most pleasant ways of sharing culture, and people in my multi-ethnic workplace often bring traditional foods or treats to share with others. Yesterday I decided to return the favour and I brought something into the lunch room during break.
Thanks to Carl who gave me a heads-up to this story about students at Gallaudet University (the "Deaf" university), occupying a building on campus to protest the University's choice of a new President.
As noted above (and in spite of any of my Yankee readers' protestations to the contrary ;) )The first Monday in October is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.
Last week, the Harper government made a series of particularly bone-headed funding cuts, including one I expressed concern about earlier in this blog.
If there's one thing I've come to understand, it is that there is absolutely no "average deaf person". There are the congenitally deaf, the culturally Deaf, the adult-deafened, the elderly deaf, the absolute spectrum of the "hard-of-hearing", the resentful deaf, the disabled deaf, the proudly deaf, the proudly Deaf, the employed deaf, the under-employed deaf, the unemployed deaf, the CI-implanted child deaf, the CI-implanted adult deaf, the...