Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh the joys - Part II

(the previous post was actually not intended to be a rant, but rather a humorous look at what happens when you make assumptions and your hearing doesn’t back you up!)

People often seem taken aback when I joke about my hearing loss. It might make them uncomfortable, but I usually follow it up with "hey, if I can't laugh about it, who can?"

And sometimes the joke is on them.

Years ago, I'd only recently transferred to a new division in our law enforcement agency. I now worked with a crew of 25+ rowdy guys and was one of THREE women working the front office. These jokesters didn't know what to make of the new deaf kid (yeah, it was that long ago - I was still a young’un) and they finally got around to including me in some hilarity.

Now... understand that it can be confusing for people meeting me the first time - especially if they've been warned that I'm deaf. Often, they will use a stage whisper while over-enunciating each word (comical in itself), or simply remain silent and pantomime things (even more comical).

Then I open my mouth and get all kinds of confused looks when it sounds like someone with a bit of an accent. I don't register as a "normal" deaf person.

So when they finally got around to goofing off - one of the guys said "watch this" and stuck his hands in front of his mouth and started talking.

When he was done, he looked at me with a bit of a smirk on his face, expectantly.

I said, "you said, 'what did I say?'".

The lunchroom erupted in loud guffaws and wild laughter.
The guy is astonished. I tell him, “come on… that’s what EVERYONE says!”

The guys are totally digging the new chick getting one over on the oldtimer.

But I can see the look on the trickster’s face… the guy is seriously wondering if I’m faking.

And that thought alone cracks me up.

5 comments:

Stacy said...

Working with guys definitely has it's "challenges". ;) My bosses are all guys, too. However, one of them hunts and I am the only one that can relate to his stories. One time he called me up on his way into work to tell me how he just shot a wild turkey. It cracks me up that out of all of the guys in my office, he talks hunting with me LOL!

I bet everyone does say that, huh?? :)

He And Me + 3 said...

You are so funny, and I love your sense of humor! Glad you got one over on him! Guys think they are so cool. LOL

Killlashandra said...

That's a funny story. I'd say you've got a wonderful sense of humor and fit right in. ;)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Smarty pants. Too funny.

elizabeth said...

Great blog! I hope you'll consider adding it to the aggregator at Deaf Village (www.deafvillage.com) -- we'd love to have you as part of our community!