Another deep dive into Chapter 20 of El Deafo!

23 Nov

Folks, it’s the penultimate video of this series!

Can you believe that I’m on the next-to-the-last chapter in this series? (That’s what penultimate means — “the next to the last.” It took me years to learn this. Doesn’t that extra syllable make penultimate sound like it’s even better than ultimate?) Anyway, it’s taken me much longer than I thought it would to make all these videos. I kept getting distracted by various bits and bobs, and was not always able to provide video content every Monday, as I had hoped to do. But here’s chapter 20…and hopefully, next week you’ll see the FINAL VIDEO of the FINAL CHAPTER! WOWZA!

What I can’t believe is that we are still in this pandemic. I started this series back in March at the pandemic’s start, thinking for sure it would all be over by April or May. Nope. We’re still in it, and if anything, it’s not looking too pretty. BUT there are some promising vaccines on the horizon, and I’m hoping everyone will have access to those before too long.

Meanwhile, I hope you are all staying healthy. Are you looking forward to eating something yummy on Thanksgiving day? I am! I’m making a big ol’ meal, complete with sauerkraut and onion pie. Yum. Really!

And now back to this chapter: It’s about how Mike and I carried out Mike’s lovely plan of using the Phonic Ear hearing aid and microphone to fool our teacher, Mrs. Sinklemann. You’ll find out what’s true and what’s fudged (but only slightly), and you’ll also hear a little bit about what I was like later, in high school (because I talk a little bit about my first car). Why am I talking about my first car? Watch the video to find out!

And oh! There’s more footage of me running my mouth while the patient Mike Miller tries to get a word in edge-wise. Painful for me to watch. (And doubly painful for me to caption — conversations are impossible to get right, so hopefully I got most of it for those of you who rely on captions, as I do.) I think I’ve said this before, but I would be a terrible, terrible host on a late-night TV show. I’d never give the guests a chance. So rude. I think my New Year’s resolution is going to be to hush up and let others say what they want to say. No interruptions!

And finally, you’ll see that the Not-a-Zit™ remains firmly on my forehead. What IS that thing?

Since it’s almost Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how very thankful I am to each and every one of you. You guys are awesome.

Here’s a link to the video:

Have a wonderful holiday, and please stay safe! XOXO!

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