Monday, October 26, 2015

Be careful what you volunteer for

So I'm sure you all remember that I'm a Sign Language interpreter.
99% of my freelance work is medical - doctors' offices, dental offices, hospitals, etc.

I do, however, do a teeny bit of legal interpreting so when an all day legal workshop came along in Grand Rapids recently, I jumped on it.

It was a fantastic workshop full of great information whether I do legal 'terping or not.

A portion of the day included a tour of the holding area in the lower level of the Grand Rapids courthouse.  We saw how they transfer people from the jail to the courthouse and where they "hold" them before being brought up to the courtrooms.

So there we were - huddled together listening to the very nice police officer describe how the whole process goes.  He asked for a volunteer and before I knew it (and what it involved) my hand shot up and I said (in a loud voice) "I'll do it."

Ouch!  My knees!
I was sucking it in - didn't want him to think I was too chubby for the belly chain.

He looks satisfied and I look puzzled.

So be careful what you volunteer for - you might end up in chains.
"Your honor - I plead the 5th!"

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