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There was a great story on this lady who is, like me, a fierce deaf lipreader and she wrote about what a great equalizer Facebook has been for her. That it allows her to participate in ways she’d never be able to, in real life. (the story is here)

I couldn’t agree more with everything she wrote.

One of the alluring elements of Facebook is that I am on equal footing with everyone there. Facebook is about content, written content. It’s about stories and nuggets of life, condensed into status updates and visual memes. I can be in a group chat there and even while I enjoy it, I know there is no way that same thing could happen in a real-life room.

No way.

There is absolutely no way I could focus on more than one person at a time, and with many people to focus on, I’d quickly become exhausted and want to leave.

Lip reading, you see, drains your brain like nothing else. Try it! Just plug your ears and go to a store and ask for help finding  the pasta noodles. If you want something easier, just lower the volume on your TV until you can *just barely* hear, but can’t hear well enough to understand what anyone is saying. Then focus on their mouths and decipher the conversation.

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Maybe that’s one good thing about lipreading: I have next to no tolerance for boring or stupid talk. I don’t suffer through stuff like others do. My brain just shuts off and that’s it, I’m outta there. And it’s not even necessarily by choice; my brain really does just shut off (trust me, there have been many a staff meeting in my life when I wanted to be tuned in but I could not sustain the brain drain on focusing through the boredom).

I’m not going anywhere deep or meaningful with this post. I’m just babbling.

It was great to read something from someone that is from my own tribe.

Speaking of my own tribe and interesting pieces, check out Deconstructing Disability, a little bit of brilliance from the mighty Lawrence Carter-Long.

Holy Wow, but that’s every kind of cool, isn’t it?!

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Miriam responded to my facebook status-whine about my feet growing two whole sizes bigger by saying pregnancy is like a really really rude practical joke. Dirty diapers must be the punch line… Ha! How true.

And I got to wondering… what is God thinking in giving it ALL to us women? Yes, yes, the glow of life in our womb is awesome. But do we REALLY have to have weight gain, stretch marks, hemorrhoids, weird moles, droopy boobs, raging hormones, vision changes, hairiness, carpal tunnel, swelling, and PAIN too? Why can’t we just have a few of them and then our husbands get the rest? I’d call that partnership!

Two whole sizes… no wonder I was a having the devil of a time with Zappos. They are so big now, I’m tempted to just call them boats, have the soles caulked (or whatever it is they do with boats) and calling it a day.

Speaking of boats reminds me of Fiji and that reminds me again of facebook. It is incredibly heart warming to connect with a lot of my friends from school again. See what they are doing, happily oggle pictures of their kids. For people like me that went to far too many schools by the time they were done, moved constantly and had a continuous sense of being uprooted, this type of connection is gold. Makes me feel like I have roots, a solid past. Gives me the fuzzy bunnies inside. There you go, facebook: saving one lost soul after another. be on you, Mark Zuckerberg.

Moving right along on today’s non-sequitur-full post. did you see this week’s Glee? I’m still brushing away the tears. You can catch it on Hulu – and the captions are great.  I love what they are doing with disability on that show. My Ds Mommy Board was saying that they are trying to portray the different sides of Ds – the older version (nursing home, etc) and the younger (full inclusion in school…).

And of course I love that they have badass Sue be the champion.

 

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