Again, RantWoman notes others who share her concerns and perspectives, as well of course as perspectives that need still more community work. RantWoman has quite a bit more to say about Dear Friend's document. RantWoman thinks Dear Friend should count his blessings that RantWoman has other work obligations for now especially since RantWoman has REALLY strong views about a couple points.
Meanwhile, the conflict resolution class in RantWoman's building has wrapped up and RantWoman is VERY grateful for many things:
--RantWoman finally, after THREE email reasonable accommodation requests for one of the handouts, got to read it. The handout totally gave RantWoman permission she really was not waiting around for just to sit with her own freakout. The handout did not actually say as much as RantWoman has absorbed in good customer service training about how to de-escalate situations, but RantWoman decided she got to be grateful for what she got.
--Getting the darn de-escalation handout between classes was SO helpful in terms of RantWoman's capacity to make freakout brain settle and only try to do one thing at a time. RantWoman remembers a short spell of taking notes in Braille to protest something or other and promises to explain the logic of that practice at some point in her other blog.
--RantWoman made a real effort to put Interpreter Brain "convey only what is said, do not add or omit" on hold and practice reflecting back. RantWoman was in a roleplay group with other people having trouble with the concept for different reasons and RantWoman was really grateful and humble about sharing their struggles even if the reasons are different.
--Neighbors who previously expressed great irritation with each other now voice new respect. Well, the flow of annoying behaviors continues the same as ever from several directions, but those assembled still showed many signs of having worked hard and learned a lot.
--RantWoman had a really good roleplay partner, a sweet neighbor W.
RantWoman got nailed fair and square about excessive sarcasm, which she so obviously needed to hear. There was also a thought- and inquiry-provoking experience about laughter. W answered RantWoman's question about whether the gender of the person doing the laughing mattered in a surprising way.
--RantWoman has been meditating some more about an interesting Testimony on Equality point. RantWoman invested a certain amount of energy in annoyance about the presenter not thinking in advance about how their line about body language being 75% of communications would play in a crowd of blind people and people with other barriers to standard body language. RantWoman cannot see a large percentage of the body language; others have unconventional body language because of various disabilities. The fact that the presenters could have done a better job of interacting with this issue is not, alas, a big fat chicken-clucking get out of jail free card though!
RantWoman has previously written more of her thoughts about the Testimony Equality. Today she can at least find it in her brain to consider
suspicions that "you wanna hassle me, get in line" may not exactly be to the taste of some who think themselves "special."
Perhaps to everyone's relief (?) there are still PLENTY of annoyances for those of us who seem to thrive on recreational blood pressure elevation.