ASL Translation of Every New Day

Seeing as I’m going to see Five Iron Frenzy in concert this Friday, I thought I’d share my old American Sign Language translation of ‘Every New Day’. This is in a modified form of gloss, and the transliterations of signs are from A Basic Course in American Sign Language, Second Edition. Except where they aren’t and you’re dealing with my memories of signs my teacher taught me nearly a decade ago. Best of luck.

 

PAST I YOUNG, A-LITLLE TURN-ON-LIGHT, I PAY-ATTENTION (but curve it towards the light).
LIFE? NEW. EVERY-DAY I THINK I CAN FLY.
MY HUNGER? I EXPECT. MY EXPECT? I NOT SEE.
I HAVE WINGS. DREAM FLY.
RECENTLY NOT FEEL FLY.

PAST STARS TURN-ON-LIGHT
(use touch-feel handshape to demonstrate stars twinkling)
BEFORE FIRST WORD SPEAK.
BEFORE WORLD START.

FATHER, I NEED YOU.
YOUR STRONG MY HEART HEAL.
I WANT FLY (show ascending) EVERY-DAY AGAIN.

PAST I SHORT, MOST (show reaching) NOT TALL.
I? THINK WORLD SMALL. FEEL I CAN FLY.

FAR
(point to the distance between the hands)? FOREVER.
HEAVEN THERE.
HERE HE KNEEL, MAKE ME (honorific).

FATHER, I NEED YOU.
YOUR STRONG MY HEART HEAL.
I WANT FLY (show ascending) EVERY-DAY AGAIN.

PEACE. HOPE. LOVE. [JESUS CHRIST*]
or alternately depending on what words Reese inserts:
YOU NOT ALONE. YOU NOT ALONE. YOU NOT ALONE. YOU NEVER ALONE.

MAN FIGHT SELF. FIGHT MACHINE. FIGHT WORLD. ALL MEN FIGHT I.
WAR CONTINUE. WISDOM NOT HAVE. FAULT (show as massive, stagger under the weight).
HARD BREATH, WALK. MOUNTAIN TALL. I WAIT HERE (make the sign low).
WANT EXCUSE. HUNGER PEACE. GOD GIVE-ME.

YOUR HANDS HEAL.
GOD EXCUSE OUR DIRTY SOUL AGAIN++++.

JESUS CHRIST. LIGHT (both hands) WORLD (between the lights). LIGHT+.
YOU IN OUR HEART FOREVER.

FREEDOM (make it huge) MEANING LOVE NOT HAVE COST.
NOT HAVE START. NOT HAVE FINSISH.

MY HEART HERE. GIVE-TO (towards wherever you placed God for pronoun usage).
YOURS FOREVER.

ONLY YOU (honorific) CAN MAKE. EVERY-DAY SEEM NEW.


* It’s a reference to a song by a band you’ve never heard of (Cryptic, by Mortal).

On Earthquake Safety

A conversation on twitter today turned to earthquakes and earthquake safety. It’s a bit much of a topic to fit into tweets, so I thought I’d write a blog post about it.

1. The first rule of earthquake safety is you do not talk about earthquake safety run outside.

2. The second rule of earthquake safety is you DO NOT TALK ABOUT EARTHQUAKE SAFETY RUN OUTSIDE. Seriously. The type of motion in an earthquake is most likely to throw the roof off the building. Inside tends to be safer than the distance you would get running. Speaking of which…

3. Don’t run around. The ground is moving! It’s going to mess with your balance, just a bit. I’m told the best thing is to drop to your knees and…

4. Crawl under a table or desk or something of the sort. Your biggest risk is actually getting hit by objects falling from shelves.

5. Curl up like an armadillo, hold on to a leg of your cover with one hand, protect your neck with the other.

6. When it’s over, feel free to (carefully) go outside. Don’t drink tap water, turn off your gas, etc.

7. Turn on the news. They’ll probably be giving you good emergency info.

 

A few other notes:

If in an adobe building, cowering in a doorway is a good idea, that’s the strong point of the architecture. If not in an adobe building, stay out of the doorways, those are the weak parts of the architecture!

If you’ve read about the ‘triangle of life’, ignore it completely. The self-titled expert behind that doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

If you’re currently in a country without building codes (or that doesn’t adhere to them), it may be a good idea to ignore rules one and two. Those are predicated on a bit of standards in construction.

 

Links:

USGS FAQ

Red Cross Safety Sheet

Emergency Survival Program Safety Sheet