2013-09-30

Music


"Deaf people can do anything, except hear!" Despite doubts, it doesn't stop one Deaf girl from playing the violin. She's an inspiration to us all, we can feel the music! I once play the guitar myself, taking instructions, but never practice. Still, can't avoid the music requirement in junior high school, 7 - 9th grade, refuses to sing but the teacher, knowing me Deaf, just let me learn the musical instruments and its history, while my classmates listen to the Beatles. I admit sometimes I skip the class hopefully never be caught and not only that, if I misbehaved, they send me to the counselor's office, I considered it a break. 

NAD Day (1940)


This is a vintage video of NAD Day at the New York World's Fair, 1940. I'm a life member of the World's Fair Historical Society and will submit it to their collection for preservation. I think this video is also in the Gallaudet archives and was once featured in Deaf Mosaic.

Dollars

The government is coming out with the new redesigned $100 bills, it has security features that will prevent counterfeiting, but I just want to point out that on the reverse side, the numeral is large enough so those with blindness can know its denomination. ADA requires that even our currencies be accessible, so it's a step in the right direction. Let's do a bit of imagination here, what about having a watermark ASL sign "1C" in the bill, any takers?

Eminent-Domain

I think that mayor, Gayle McLauhlin, got a lot of guts (or nerves) to stand up to the banking industries taking advantages of those whose homes in her city, Richmond, California, went underwater, resulting in a rash of foreclosures, when they refuses to renegotiate their mortgages. She is taking an unusual approach to the crisis, threatening to use the power of eminent-domain to purchase these homes at market value, and provide an affordable alternative, with a group of investors participating, earning a reasonable return. I support the idea, despite the fact that they may retaliate against the city refusing the give credits to any future development projects on top of potential lawsuits. We got a problem, we need creative solutions!

Rosie the Riveter


Many Deaf, including women, works in the aircraft factories during WWII, replacing the men who gone overseas. Anyway "Rosie the Riveter" is actually a song and just heard that there in one still on the job, Elinor Otto, age 93, working at a Boeing plant in California inserting rivets into a C-17.
She started at 65 cents a hour, now earns $38 dollars an hour, stll going strong after all these years, while most of us are collecting our pensions. Deaf Anthology honor all the "Rosies" that serve our country on the home front.

2013-09-29

Mozzeria - Deaf Pizzeria


I'm ate at Mozzeria, the Deaf owned pizzeria in the Mission district next week with my sister. I found this video on the Internet, so just think of it as a Chinese commercial (with subtitles), Mozzeria certainly  will attract Deaf foreigners to San Francisco. California here I come!

Home

The American dream is still alive, only that we are downsizing our homes. This coming weekend at the Orlando Home Show there will be two tiny homes on display, so just imagine what's like living in a home that's only 160 square feet. I wouldn't mind living in one out in the wilderness, just as long it meet my basic needs. The savings would allow me to afford to travel around the world rather than being tied down.

2013-09-28

Water Pavilion


It's very hot and humid in Zaragoza, Spain, so I visited the digital water pavilion at the world's fair (Expo 08). I thought it's really cool, and we need something like that here to hang out, to satisfied our thirsts and hunger.

2013-09-26

Filibuster

Republican Senator Ted Cruz from the redneck state of Texas fails to get himself into the Guinness World Book of Records trying to break the filibuster  record set by racist Strom Thurmond who opposes the Civil Rights Act. The Republicans are wasting their time to repeal Obamacare as least 42 times when there are other matters of importance that needs our attention. I strongly believe in universal health care, the rights of all Americans to affordable health insurance. Obamacare is just exactly that, that Obama cares about our American people. The Republicans may regret passing the bill in the first place, so rather than complaining, come up with some suggestions to improve the Affordable Care Act, making it more agreeable to both parties, as we already got the best health facilities in the world, so why not a pool best health insurance, with wide range of policies  available with premiums that are affordable to all Americans. It's not socialism, that argument is irrelevant  because we already got such entitlement programs as Social Security, Medicare, etc.  Congress is creating the redlines themselves, not agreeing to anything, causing the gridlock in Washington. It will be a political genocide if the Republicans succeed in wiping out the middle class. I'm surprise to find that Senator Cruz is illiterate, not understanding the message of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" which is that we should not reject anything we haven't tried. Our first obligations is to pay our bills, so do the right thing, increase our debt ceilings, it's not worth to lead our country to bankruptcy. The only way to control our national debts is to get rid of all the lobbyists, abolish PACs, eliminate earmarks, and grant the President use line-item veto power. If we can't get our act together, then perhaps it's time to amend the Constitution to allow dissolution of Congress. 

2013-09-23

Identification

A Deaf individual, a blogger, been complaining that he must show his driver's license to participate in the Deafnation Expo, I know it's a hassle, but most of us already registered online, so it's no big deal to be upset over it, unless you don't want to admit your driver's license been suspended because of your DUI conviction, so don't drink and drive. A state photo ID is also acceptable. Your student ID is not acceptable as it doesn't contain the information requested. Your privacy is protected; the success of the Deafnation Expo is determined on how many Deaf attends, that will set the advertising, booth rates, and its ability to attract sponsors, etc. The irony is this, the Deaf complaining about giving their addresses at the registration, but willingly given them out to all the exhibitors inside, hoping to win prizes, it's a marketing ploy.   

2013-09-22

Insensitivity

"I thought you were dead!" That's exactly what my friend told me when I met him at the Deafway II. I know that he's not being insensitive to my feelings, he meant we haven't seen each others since our days at Gallaudet. When he, a heavy smoker, died of lung cancer, I think back of that comment. I admit I felt a sense of relief when another died of a massive heart attack, meaning he taking his grudge against me to the grave with him. One vlogger has an enemy list, recently found out one has pancreatic cancer, made an "insensitive" comment, no need to add any more labels to it, one is enough, really can't wait to scratch off his name. One's lifespan can be shorten by such "insensitive" comment, but really no need to be in an anger mood if we already know his character, so you should kinda expect that. Just be thankful it's not an eulogy. We all got skeletons in our closets, so why fear being exposed of the fact. Gossips among the Deaf is just that. I can't scream to stop the world from spinning. Often when an individual post his "insensitive" remarks, probably also has a "death wish" himself. I ain't got much faith but to pray that he'll be in remission, so he'll be on his nerves a bit longer. I question our purpose of being on this world, the only way to escape the reality of death is live the fantasy life of being immortal. I meant no disrespect but this vlogger is damn good, knowing his stuff, it's the controversially that attracts me, earning my respect while most of us may be impatient. Deafies loves drama, but I accept all bloggers just being themselves, not trying to be judgemental, as long we can freely agree/disagree whatever being discussed at the moment. The only thing negative, a weakness, about me is that I tend to use sarcasm, perhaps I'm guilty of being insensitive myself. Criticism is not my bag, it's just my personal opinion on this subject.

Flu

The flu season is here so it's time to get a flu shot. You can get it at your primary care doctor, but if you want to avoid the co-payment so you can afford that pizza, check with your local health department, maybe they offer free flu shots. Deafies loves freebies! In our area, the Centra Care Centers at Hunter's Creek is offering free flu shots this Wednesday at noon while supplies last, I think I'll take advantage of that opportunity. Yes, I'm brave enough!

2013-09-18

Fall Preview


Every year I always pick up the "Fall Preview" issue of TV Guide listing the lineup of new shows on the networks. Anyway, one of my favorite childhood programs is "Lassie" and remember there were no captioning in those days but we all know when the collie starts barking, it meant that Timmy in trouble. I wonder what became of him, will read his biography whenever I get the chance.

2013-09-17

Star Trek


"Beam me up, Scotty!" This is a demonstration of the world's first teleportation system, a working model, never thought it will happen in our lifetime, or is it an illusion?

1905


Columbia is Florida's oldest restaurant, every year during its anniversary, the menu is set at its 1905 prices when it was first established in Ybor City, by Cuban immigrants.
 
This is the place I hang out in downtown Celebration, enjoying its world-famous Spanish crusine, especially the salad, like the "good ole days!"

Menu:

Chicken & Yellow Rice “Ybor” – $2.95
Boliche (eye round of beef) – $2.95
Merluza “Russian Style” – $2.95
Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® – $1.95
Spanish Bean or Cuban Black Bean Soup: cup – 50 cents or bowl 75 cents
Sangria: glass – 95 cents or pitcher – $4.95
Flan – 50 cents
Richly brewed American coffee – Five cents
 


 

Deaf Institution

Do you remember when you send off your Deaf child to a bus stop to send him off to the Deaf school. Now your Deaf child is grown-up and taking off for Gallaudet.

2013-09-16

Signs of America (SOA)



 Deafies behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War didn't have any access to the Voice of America (VOA), being isolated from what's happening around the world, except for what being feed to them on the state controlled media. VOA is still broadcasting nowadays, but it's interesting to note that they are captioning its videos, which allows foreigners to learn English as a second language. These two videos that I'm posting here are Deaf related, on language skills and educational technology.  I think these videos from the Voice of America (VOA), with its English subtitles, is an excellent educational tool  on various issues of importance, such as agriculture, economics, education, health, lifestyle, and technology, etc. I just recently watch one of their video on the "world population" subject and learned that India will soon surpassed China as the most populous nation on earth. Perhaps we should have "Signs of America" (SOA) segments, using Gestuno, on its programming list to reach out to the Deaf.

2013-09-12

Walt Disney

"It all started with a mouse," so while out there in California, I'll check off my bucket list after visiting the Walt Disney Family Museum. 

2013-09-11

MasterChef Junior


It's the kids worst nightmare, being in a kitchen with George Ramsay, the chef from hell. I bet the parents are nervous. Who burnt the beef?

Instramural Sports

In middle school, we play intramural sports but when the coach divide us in teams, half of us take off our shirts. That's why I don't join the swim team, as I ain't taking off my trunks.

9/11

Yes, the Russians are our friends, they donated this memeorial known as the "Tear Drop" to honor the victims of terrorism on 9/11, it didn't recieve much press coverage as we are so preoccupied with Syria. The memorial is just across the Hudson where the WTC once stood.

2013-09-09

Floriade


Floriade is an international horticultural exposition held every ten years in the Netherlands. Although it's not a world's fair in a sense but it's sanctioned by the Paris-based Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) because of its classification.

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California

I didn't expect much when I went to the Priceline website to purchase a ticket to California, but Virgin America accepts my offer, saving quite a bit. I can avoid the baggage fees purchasing what I need when I arrive, some even ship ahead. Timing is critical, so I will be there during the Deafnation Expo. I rather get around on Bart, rather than renting a car, saving on gas, and not having to deal with traffic. A couple of museums, a movie, and dining out is on my bucket list, more on that later. I'm looking forward to being with my sister, California here I come! 

2013-09-06

Old Spanish Sugar Mill


I thought it's cool that you can take your family to a state park on a weekend, enjoy the nature hike, swimming, canoeing and best of all, cooking your own pancakes at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill on site.

Internet

I just can't figure it out, why are cable charging us a fortune offering us Internet service at 10 mbps when you can surf the Internet free using Wi-Fi at a local Starbucks at a faster speed of 54 mbps. It doesn't make sense.

Wonderama


My elementary school principal is also a camp director, we went to New York to be on a children television program, "Wonderama," which is broadcast on Sundays. The principal point out to the producers at me, and the host, Sonny Fox, selected me to to repeat a phrase, after several retakes, they cut the tape, but being deaf, my voice inaudible, so they let me play on a team instead. It's an experience of a lifetime, seeing yourself in black and white on screen.

NFL

I'm looking forward to the fall premiere of "Scared Straight" with its NFL casts, our youths needs good role models.

2013-09-04

Rock Gospel


Rock Gospel, along with the Sons of Thunder, a popular Christian group in its day, performing in signs to the Deaf around the world. Daniel Pokorny, my pastor, asked me to design a flyer for its last gig  at Gallaudet before it fade away into history.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola, it's the real thing but unfortunately it comes from Mexico where pure sugar cane makes it taste better than those bottled here in America.

Grand Rajah

greekly.com greek graphicsgreekly.com greek graphicsgreekly.com greek graphicsI didn't survive the hazing as a pledge of Theta Nu Tau (ONT) fraternity at Gallaudet but criticism aside I am proud of my late Deaf brother-in-law, Wright ('49), formerly the Grand Rajah of the Kappa Gamma fraternity. It's about time we respect our Kappa Gamma brothers in our blogs, their rituals are irrelevant, it's the content of their character that matter.

2013-09-02

Deaf Son


Parents had to wrestle with making a decision between oralism and ASL after finding out that their son is deaf (or Deaf), and the father, himself a filmmaker, produce a documentary (CC) that originally air on PBS.

Kappa Gamma Rocks!


The deaf oralist on the Gallaudet campus that join the Kappa Gamma fraternity has established their own rock bank now on a world tour recruiting new students to Gallaudet by making them Deaf, don't miss them on MTV, check your local listing. Kappa Gamma Rocks!

Yarets


 
A Russian Deaf motorcyclist, Yarets, finally completed his journey around the world and returned home to Minsk. I let him stay in my condominium in Milwaukee a week, got an address from my stepson, Denis, at MSSD, then he left for Alaska, not expecting to see him again. Yes, he returned to stay another week after his accident in Illinois, hit by a truck that destroyed his Czech motorcycle, being laid up in a local hospital a few months with broken bones. The Americans raised funds to purchase him a new motorcycle, not a Harley, to continue on with his dream.