Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Dog, Interpreters and an SOB Conference



On Saturday, I arrived home from a baseball tournament to a note on the door:

"Dear Mom, Kaycie ate the chocolate peanut butter cups. I'll tell you more when I get home."

My daughter and her friend had gone to the movies. I found the nearly empty tub of Trader Joe's chocolate peanut butter cups in the garbage. My heart stopped for a minute. The twelve-ounce tub was full when we left. But Lauren's friend had a certain penchant for those Trader Joe chocolates. She was known to polish off the entire tub in a weekend. Was I panicking for nothing?

After a quick call to the vet, I realized that I needed to play it safe. Chocolate, in large doses, is toxic to a small dog. Two hundred and forty eight dollars later, I learned that Kaycie had indeed polished off the entire tub of chocolate. It took her a day to recover from her ordeal.

Two hundred and forty eight dollars.

Which leads me to the reason why I need to convince Liz Strauss to give me a discount to the upcoming SOB Conference:

I spent my registration money on my dog!

Now, if that isn't enough to convince Liz that I deserve that $100 discount for the upcoming SOB Conference, I'm betting that as blogger who happens to be deaf, I'll be able to add a unique aspect to the blogging discussions that will take place on May 12th. For me, the internet is a visual medium and occasionally I encounter podcasts or videos that are not accessible to me or the millions of other deaf and hard of hearing users on the web. Perhaps I can add an "eye-opening" perspective as to how to make blogs accessible.

I want to thank Liz Strauss and the SOB team for agreeing to provide interpreters for the upcoming SOB Conference. I'm looking forward to being able to fully participate in the blog discussions.

After I get my $100 discount, of course.

6 comments:

groovyoldlady said...

Aaaaaack! I'm so glad your dog got treatment in time!

And I think you are WAY too nice to go to an SOB conference... ;-)

And I wish people wouldn't put music on their blogs. I can hear, but I never expect the music and it jumps me right out of my office chair every time!

ME Strauss said...

Hi Karen!
I'm with groovyoldlady. I don't like music other folks put on their blogs. It startles me too.

By the way, you have more than convinced me, by this post, by the way that you left room for us to be generous, and by the fact that you are both a relationship blogger and a Successful and Outstanding one -- to choose your dog over us. :)
Liz I'll email you what to do. :)

Skye said...

Speaking of conferences...

The BlogHer 2007 conference now has a FAQ posted and they're taking Qs. I saw you posted in the 2006 forum after the conference about availability of interpreters for the 2007 conference. I would strongly encourage you to post that Q again now.

The FAQ is at:

http://blogher.org/node/18013

Karen said...

Skye,
I would love to attend BlogHer, in fact I was asked if I could participate as a panelist, but I will be attending the Hands & Voices board meeting and leadership conference at that time.

Next year!

Lisa said...

I'm so happy your dog will be ok. Eeek.

Have fun at the conference.

Celeste said...

Lordy I am glad the dog is okay!