Sign Language Observation

Topics: Sign, Talk radio, Hearing impairment Pages: 3 (1108 words) Published: December 5, 2010
On Friday, July 2 2010, I traveled to the Menlo Mall in Edison, NJ to observe and participate in a Deaf culture event meeting at the Starbucks. This event takes place on the first Friday of every month, and I was lucky enough to be able to hear about and attend to this one right before the paper was actually due. All the other events I attempted to plan on going to interfered with my work and class schedule, so I was fortunate to have gotten an e-mail from a fellow class mate, Allison White. This wasn’t my first Deaf event because last year one of my close friends took AMSL 101 and 102 during the summer so I went with him to a Starbucks in Edison, NJ to be a wingman for him while he observed and talked. Last year when I went with him, I had no idea what to expect. It was a little overwhelming seeing groups of people signing, but I was there as a tag a long, so I just went with it. I luckily talked a girl I am talking to, to come with me since she wasn’t doing anything else. Not gonna lie, I told her we were going for Rita’s and then going to see the movie Grown Ups; totally lied. At first she was really pissed at me, but then when I told her I had to go for class and explained to her what the event was, she was sort of excited to be able to see how the Deaf culture get together. On my way to the event, we got lost. I was using the Google Map application on my phone. For some reason Google Maps and Mapquest always sends you through the “ghetto” of towns, never easy highways. After the arguing in the car and the silence treatment I was went through for 25 minutes, I finally just plugged in my GPS and thankfully it lead us to the right direction. Who would have though that each different navigation uses different directions? When we got to the mall, I had my head on straight. I knew what I came for, I had it all planned out. I was going to go find the event, introduce myself to some people, introduce my “date”, and see where that takes me. Unfortunetly, this was...
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