I’m still on the mend from my ankle injury, so although I can actually have gig services take care of my laundry and my groceries, I still need to use a ride share to get from one place to the next.
Yesterday, I had a unique experience while ride sharing.
And by “unique,” I mean that it went … well … you’ll see.
I signaled for my Uber driver, and three minutes later, she pulled up in front of my house. Nice clean car, looks like it’ll be a smooth ride.
She gets out of the car, helps me get myself and my crutches in the back seat – and it’s only then that I notice the printed note on the car’s headrest.
“Hi, I am your Uber driver. I am deaf.”
Okay, Chuck … you know what to do.
As she drove me to downtown Albany, I quickly pulled out my BlackBerry and looked up a few things.
Okay, I can do that. Sure, I can do that too. Gotta practice this … okay, don’t practice it in front of the driver, it has to be a surprise.
A few minutes, later, I’m in downtown Albany. Destination reached.
And as she looked in the back seat to wish me goodbye …
I carefully used the American Sign Language videos I watched during the trip, and said to her, “Thank you, have a nice day” in ASL.
That definitely put a smile on her face.
Understand me. I’m not conversant in many foreign languages – heck, I can barely make my way through English – but I have learned a few foreign greetings as necessary. Ni hao when I order Chinese food. Guter daag, wie bischt du? when I’m at the Amish food stand. As-Salam-u-Alaikum, when you greet a man of the Islam faith. It’s not anything major or me, I just try to learn a few words in each language so that when I greet someone, it immediately starts the conversation off with peace.
So now I can say “thank you” and “have a nice day” in American Sign Language.
Just in case that need ever comes up again. Right?