How to communicate with your Uber driver

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?