Friday, January 14, 2011

"No" is not a dirty word.

Photo top left, me: "No, let's keep going up! I want to see what is over the edge."

Top of the gondola, me: "No, I am not ready to go back yet. I want to keep going a little further to check out the view there. (After hunting around and falling in a hole trying to find a place to pee) - "I am pretty cold and need to get my body temp up by working uphill."

When I am doing something I really enjoy, I don't want to stop savoring every minute of it. I think it boils down to the issue that I have had to face my own mortality again and again - cancer, a few brain surgeries, and thr threat of constantly growing brain tumors and a few hiding in my spine. I like to take advantage of doing things that make me feel alive as I am intimately aware life can change at any given moment.

click the following link to see how to sign "No".

Make sure you check out the sign to confirm you are signing it correctly. I have seen some of you sign it with 2 fingers which is the sign for bird or a combination of the "yes" movement with the "no" handshape. Take a look. It is used with 3 fingers if you cannot see it clearly. You don't move the hand at all. You only take the open index-thumb-middle finger combination (as in the number 3) and simply close them bringing the fingers together. The annimation shows a repeating of this movement but in the Deaf community people just do a sharp snap of the movement once. I like to think of it as a friend's parrot closing his beak (he likes to bite me and NO he does not like me LOL).

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