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Let there be no pumpkin at Starbucks until after Labor Day!

Starbucks Pumpkin and Cream cheese muffin

I went into a Starbucks this morning and they already had the pumpkin spice latte (PSL), pumpkin cream cold brew, and pumpkin cream cheese muffin. The muffin is pretty good, but I think there should be a rule like no wearing white pants or white shoes after Labor Day – no pumpkin at Starbucks until after Labor Day. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Tried literally cutting and pasting

Printed and cut sections of my long syllabus, taped together

I was having such a hard time ordering the sections of my syllabus on the computer because I just couldn’t see the whole picture. I decided to do something I’ve never done before— print the document, use scissors to cut the sheets of paper into sections according to headings, move the sections around as seemed logical, and tape them together. I then took these sheets of paper back to the computer and cut and pasted the screen text into the order of the printed text. Even ordering the sections physically was agonizing for this indecisive perfectionist, but at least seeing them in real life I was able to see them all at once and organize them. Cutting and pasting on the computer was even more busy work, but at least I had a reference to help keep everything in line. Would I do it again? Probably.

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Thirteen years on WordPress

Happy anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered with WordPress.com 13 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.
“Happy anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered with WordPress.com 13 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

I have been off-and-on with blogging over the years, but I’m really happy I turned my 10-year-old website into a blog in 2006 and have kept it up all these years. WordPress has definitely made it easier to publish new content on DanielGreene.com.

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Colorful and interesting interpreter outfit

Me (white man with salt-and-pepper hair) wearing burgundy button-down shirt with black-and-brown plaid pants
My new burgundy shirt with plaid pants

Gotta keep it interesting! As a signed-spoken language interpreter, I need to wear solid-colored tops that contrast with my skin tone so my deaf clients can read my signs without distraction. Rather than wearing black and gray all the time, as many interpreters do, I prefer to wear dark shades of blue, red, purple, brown, and green. I’ve wanted to get some plaid pants for a long time, since the pants are outside of my signing space, but all I saw were loud golf pants and extremely expensive subdued plaids. I finally found these subdued black-and-brown plaid pants for $55 at Tilly’s. They are very comfy. I love them!

For those interested, the pants are Brixton reserve gray men’s chinos (as of this writing they are on sale for $34.98), and the shirt is a Nordstrom “boat twill” ($59). The pants do not require ironing, and the shirt, well, I can’t recommend Nordstrom SmartCare shirts strongly enough. They hold their color and press wash after wash. They always look ironed but never need ironing! I love them.

Fashion is part of how I make myself happy to get out the house and feel handsome— or at least presentable 😉. Dressing nicely is a way I show people that I respect them enough to give them something pleasing to look at. I aim to be mindful of how I need to look while honoring how I want to look. There is no one outfit that is appropriate for every job, and there are jobs for which I dress more conservatively than I have done in this picture. I just wanted to show this as an alternative to the black and gray that so many interpreters feel obliged to wear all the time. (Plus, it was one of those “Damn, I look good!” moments that spark so many selfies.)

P.S. I did not interpret with the earphones on.