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Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Fashion Conversation Faux Pas

I was at a party recently and a woman was describing an evening gown she bought for an upcoming event. I thought I was following along pretty well until I heard her say "air socks". Hmmm....Were air socks a new fashion trend I was unaware of? It seemed a little strange in the context of formal wear, though, so I asked her what she said by repeating "Air socks?" "Ersatz", she confirmed adding helpfully, "it's German." "Oh, you said e-r-s-a-t-z", I thought you said "a-i-r s-o-c-k-s". As you can imagine, that was the end of our fashion conversation.

Tonight I googled "ersatz" and discovered the word means "substituting for or inferior in quality to". I guess ersatz chiffon makes a lot more sense than air socks chiffon.

Happy Spring!

Blondie, Rusty, and tulips
Hi everyone,
Hope you are having a lovely spring. Ours has been unseasonably warm and our spring flowers have all come into bloom a month early. Now, the trees are even coming into leaf. I haven't had as much time for blogging, because I've been spending all my free moments with my new friend Blondie (pictured above). She is a welcome addition to our family and Rusty's sidekick and shadow. One night the two of them double teamed me! While Blondie distracted me, Rusty ate the last half of my supper. As you can imagine, there have been lots of messes and laughs around our house. She's just too cute for us to stay mad at her for very long.
Wishing you the best in all that you are doing and thanks for reading my blog today,

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Librarian Quotes

"One can never have too many librarian friends."
-The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wrong Game ASL movie

Today I watched Wrong Game with friends. If you like thrillers that keep you guessing through several twists and turns, then this movie is for you. But be warned, Wrong Game is SCARY. It would be a perfect film to watch around Halloween or any time of the year you find yourself in the mood for psychological suspense.

The movie starts by showing a children's birthday party game that goes horribly wrong. Many years later ten deaf strangers regain consciousness to find themselves tied up and locked in the basement of a very strange house. They have no memory of being brought there and are wondering what is going on. Soon they discover, each of them had agreed to participate in a game with a $10 million dollar prize. When they review the rules of the game, they discover that in the fine print they have waived all their rights in case of injury and death. The kicker is the group has one hour to play "the game" and only one of them can survive to win.

As with Gerald and Black Sand, two other ASL Films productions I have seen, all is not as it seems. Wrong Game's plot reminded me of the classic Agatha Christie mystery "And Then There Were None" also known as "Ten Little Indians". I'm not going to reveal any more details. You will have to watch for yourself to find out the secret of the game.

I highly recommend this movie to you. The captioned DVD is available for sale through ASL Films Store.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

SIGNin' in the Street

Picture credit: Mary Rappazzo
Disneyland is hosting an event called SIGNin' in the Street March 17-18 to celebrate creativity in the deaf community. Sean Berdy from ABCFamily's Switched at Birth will be performing his signed interpretation of Enrique Iglesias' song Hero. Other cast members will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. There will be a special theater screening of two Switched at Birth episodes and a sneak peek at the spring finale.

In addition, two deaf films, "The Hammer" and "See What I'm Saying", will be shown. There will also be live performances by T. L. Forsberg, CJ Jones, and Beethoven's Nightmare. To learn more about all of these events, check this schedule posted by Disney.

This sounds like a wonderful event. Wish I could go. I hope there will be video highlights available on the web afterwards.