Before I came to Europe, I told people I had no sign name (technically I did, but I didn’t like it for several reasons). I told people to give me a new sign name, but they kept putting it off and just fingerspelling it… Until I came to Frontrunners. They got tired of spelling my name and saying I had no sign name very quickly, so they gave me one. You can see me signing it here. I tell the short story in the video, but the longer story is this:
I was flying to Europe for the very first time, from Rochester, NY to Toronto, Canada, then to Copenhagen, Denmark. I arrived in Copenhagen with no problem, headed straight to baggage claim to wait for my large duffel bag. After waiting for a long while, and seeing no one from my flight still there, I went up to the help desk. They had no clue what had happened to my bag, and I couldn’t really wait any longer because I had a bus to catch. I gave them contact info for Castberggård and left. They said that they’d deliver it to Castberggård once they found it, which was very nice of them. Since this was my first day at my new school, there was a lot of meeting new people. I was constantly saying, “Hi, my name is [fs:R-O-G-A-N], no sign name.” European signers despise spelling and try to do it as little as possible, especially for names. It didn’t take long for them to give me one, in just a couple of days in fact. They had a different one than the one I have now, but I told them that it wouldn’t work in ASL, because it’s a sign we use often. So my new sign name ended up being half of the sign for “lost” because of the misadventures with my bag. Three days after I’d arrived in Europe, my bag showed up! I was very relieved that it wasn’t lost forever, especially since the majority of my clothes were in it. While going over it, I noticed the baggage tags were still on it, and apparently it had somehow ended up flying to Alaska! How does that even happen? And that is the story of my sign name.
Really good article about #DeafTalent and how visibility is increasing for the Deaf community!
I haven’t posted anything for a month, and I have been busy! I was recently on holiday for a week, in Berlin, Germany and Utrecht/Amsterdam, the Netherlands, so I hope to have a video from that soon.
For now, you can see pictures from the trip on my Instagram (www.instagram.com/shan_no_nosays). Enjoy!
I haven’t really posted any content about what I’ve been doing in Frontrunners for the past two weeks, and I do want to do more, but wow! I did not expect us to be this busy, and often I’ll end up being too tired by the end of the day to do anything other than work on my Danish via Duolingo, browse the ‘net or play games with the group. I also have been procrastinating a little with my video. I think I might just upload a short one with my Rochester clips, then make a brand new video that’s more recent and fresh than the video I took before (a week ago, I think, which is old to me). Also, I do have clips of the area around Castberggård, so I think I’ll make a video (hopefully soon) all of Castberggård and the area around it. Tomorrow, the group’s going to Copenhagen for the weekend, so maybe I’ll make a short video from that. Please just ask me if there’s anything you want to know, or would like to see!
On another note, I’m currently working on making a Patreon page. For those who don’t know, Patreon is basically a website where people can give some money to support a person, similar to GoFundMe or Kickstarter. Patreon is more a month-to-month basis or project to project basis. I’m hoping this can help me a little bit while I’m in Denmark. You can also go to the link below to get a more in-depth explanation.
Ren and I talk about different ASL signs that have no English equivalent, and some slang. Any time we use an ASL sign, they will be bracketed with [ ].
This is the second collab I did forever ago in May, and many thanks to Ren for being patient with me! Enjoy!
A friend of mine shared a link with me of an art series related to the LGBT community, and I thought it was fantastic and well-done.