Ner (djner) wrote,
Ner
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gettin visual on sighted dudes

And yet another hot day hits us here in the Arkansas Ozarks. And it's finals day too. I listened to the scanner today and there were no less than two casualties related to exam stress; one with a panic attack and one with a seizure. Makes me glad I didn't have any and won't be having any for a while I hope. I thought I'd have a pretty easy semester until I went into the director of the grad department in the Chem e section. Asked him if he needed any TA's for computer methods. I don't remember if I wrote any when I TA'ed this class, but it was a lot of work. We had twelve students, with two ta's and grading took a while to complete. I stupidly volunteered to be the TA thinking that it would be the same situation. Not the case apparently. I'm the only TA for the class, and there are forty people plus in it. This means I get to do drills, grade papers, and deal with scared students who are trying to fix their sick computer programs. Oh well, goes with the territory of being a nice guy, what can I say.

I'm heading to lunch today with the person of whose paper I'm reading over. I haven't talked to him in a long time, so should e cool. Amrut is the person who I'm meeting with, and he was the first person to have taught me statics, so we definitely go back pretty far.

I still have lots to do today, and being that I didn't do my laundry, it's status is starting to be about as code red as Heathrow Airport. I have lots of shirts, but I'm to my last pair of socks, and when we're there, well, you get the picture. ;(

This reminds me. I'm trying to work on my nonvisual skills. Apparently in social circles, if you hang out with only sighted people, you must not only be yourself but also try (at least I think you shoudl try) to show some visual things. I'm waiting for my friend Denise to come back next. She's going to coach me on the subject, and the first topic on our slate will be (a) learning how to wink. According to dictionary.com a wink is defined as
1. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
2. To signal or express by winking.
and the noun, the important part of that definition actually
b. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
and
4. A gleam or twinkle.

For some odd reason, I'm having issues leaving one eye open whilst closing the other rapidly. I guess if I want to hint something by using a wink, I better get crackin on the eye control.

I don't think I need to work on the following:

  • smiling

  • grimmacing

  • frowning

  • sticking my tongue out


Things I need to work on:

  • Gazing

  • the smirk


I think I'm going to have a problem with the gazing thing, but one must start small I guess. If anyone can think of other nonvisual facial features I need to learn, let me know; I'd love to know. They say my eyes look normal and most people can't tell right away that I am blind, let's use that fact to our advantage and get visual on the sighted freaks of the world. They'll never know. Or will they?
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