Although Americans tourists are banned from entering the country, I went under the journalism category.
It's only an hour flight, Cuban visa can be bought during check-in at the airline counter before departure, just don't forget your passport. I exchanged dollars into their convertible  (CUC) pesos upon arrival. I stayed at an hostel next to the baseball stadium. I focused on videotaping their culture alone rather than being somewhat biased traveling group with their hectic schedule. One day took a Soviet era Lada taxi to outskirts of Havana to visit a Deaf school. They asked me what we Deaf Americans do with our obsolete TTY as we are using VP nowadays, hopefully some organizations will donate those equipment. I felt like was blasted into the past, surrounded by all those vintage automobiles.
 

2018-09-16

Deaf Auto Assembler

Ford assembly line revolutionized the auto industries.
John, a Deaf auto assembler, facing tough times being laid off several times during his long career, went to a local bank to take out an equity loan to pay off his overwhelming debts, the bank provides an ASL interpreter, Tim, licensed and RID certified. John previously filled out an application and became so upset when Barbara, bank teller, told him it has been declined and pulled out a gun. 
John: "That's it, I had it, empty out your vault!"
Tim: "Don't do it, put that gun away."
Barbara: (while pushing the silent alarm under the table) "One moment, I hope I memorized the lock combination."
John: "Ain't got all day." (escaped with the loot, interpreter chased after him
A police cruiser spotted a suspect crossing the street and released a K-9 dog to chase after him. The suspect was caught, right arm bitten, handcuffed and taken into custody. Barbara came to identified the suspect out of the lineup, despite the suspect denial of involvement during the interrogation. 
Correctional Officer: "I seen this suspect in court several times, probably got a long rap sheet."
Barbara: "You got the wrong suspect, that guy is our interpreter who chased after our Deaf consumer to talk some sense into him" (laughing) 
Correctional Officer: "We owe you an apology, let our K-9 lick your wounds." (laughing)
Tim: "Wait I just go a tip that John is coming here to bail me out." (John arrives and was fingerprinted and taken directly to jail awaiting a court hearing)  
Judge: "The court now in session, the State vs. John."
Defense: "We seek a motion to dismiss the case."
Judge: "Motion declined, State may call their witness."
State: "We call Tim to take the stand."
Defense: "Objection, it's a violation of RID code of ethics for an interpreter to testified in court against his client to reveal any information that may be confidential."
State: "Tim should be held in contempt."
Judge: "The court overruled the State, agreeing with the defense." (Barbara is called to the stand, takes an oath)
 State: "Barbara, please point out the suspect." (Barbara points out to John at the defense table)
Defense: "We request a psychological evaluation of our client, John."
Judge: "Declined, John already put in a non-guilty plead, if there is no other witnesses, the case now goes to the jury."
John: "What's happening?"
Defense: "Deadlocked, still waiting for the verdict."
Tim: "It's been a long day, so good luck!"
Juror: "We find the defendant, John, not guilty."
Judge: "As you all know I'm often harsh in my sentencing of criminals but John has no prior arrests and since this is Deaf Awareness Week I am going to be a bit more leniency this time and let John be off the hook under the condition that he filed for bankruptcy which is better having a negative credit report that is removed after seven years then serving a minimum of seven years having a felony which remain on the records the rest of your life, losing the rights to vote and own a gun, you better keep that locked up as I don't want to see you here again. The State agrees not to appeal. I also ordered you to seek financial counseling. You'll be placed on probation until your social worker confirmed that you completed the bankruptcy filing and the financial sessions. John, I now released you back to your Deaf community, I seen you got a lot of Deaf supporters in the courtroom." (cheers in the background, John thanks the judge and left with his friends, Tim seeks restitution from the local police department K-9 unit for his wounds) 
Deaf Anthology: "Pah!"   



 

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