The other thing is how I got to see the Stones in Hartford. I tried to get tickets but couldn't - first they said there would be no tickets sold that day, then I heard they had gone on sale 1/2 an hour ago. ...
So when we drove home we stopped by Harvest to see if their machine was working again, which it was, and we waited in line. Right then they sold out. So I was depressed. The radio station WHCN was giving away tickets and this pissed me off - how did they get hundreds + thousands of free tickets when fans waited hours in line and then didn't get any? A D.J. from WHCN got on TV with a suitcase of tickets and said the station was giving all these away, all you had to do was be the right caller and you would win a pair. I tried but of course those contests are almost impossible to win. So out of desperation comes inspiration.
I went into Hartford to the radio station, went in with a small notebook (shopping pad). I wrote on it that I was deaf but could hear loud noises like the Stones concert. I had waited in line but they were sold out. I couldn't try for the radio contest because I couldn't hear the phone or the radio + I couldn't speak. The secretary at the desk read all this. There was a D.J. named Daniel Francis Hayden waiting to speak to her and she handed him the pad saying "Here, maybe you should read this." He did, and looked at me. I gave him a hopeful, pleading look. He wrote on the pad, "Do you have TTY?" The secretary said, "I think she reads lips." HA HA HA
I didn't know what a TTY was so I pointed to it questioningly. "We could call you." Then I figured it out. I wrote "My school has one but I'm just learning to use it." He read this and thought. He held up a hand saying carefully, "Wait a minute, OK? Wait a minute." He went upstairs and I waited. Then he came down with 2 tickets!
I was going to yell "Yeah!" as I went out the door but they had such happy looks on their faces - we just helped out this poor deaf girl - I didn't have the heart to let them know the truth.