Tonight I went to an open house for a law office. The office comprises an entire floor in a building and there were rooms full of food, tubs of beer, and in the back was karaoke.
Outside the air was cool, but not cold, the wind was rather pleasant and except for the cigarette smoke (gag, hack) it would have been a very nice place to hang loose. But life being as it is, I ventured in to congratulate the new office owner. She was in a conference, which I am guessing was not actually on the agenda, since she was missing her own shindig.
The further into the office I got the louder the noise, Until I got into karaoke land and realized that I could distinguish absolutely no sound other than pounding music. People walked up and talked to me and even lip reading was beyond me. I just stared around for a minute or two, contemplated unplugging the speakers, and then had an “Elvis has left the building” moment. I was over my head. So I left.
I am told that the hearing can’t hear either. Which begs the question of why anyone would bother to go somewhere they are effectively deafened. Boggles my mind. Before I accept an invitation to such an event again I need to consider whether I need an ASL interpreter and then if the terp could hear anything to interpret. That’s a question, isn’t it?