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.


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 ( -- we'd love to have you as part of our community!