Florida legislation passed a bill allowing public school teachers to be armed but I opposed that idea as I just can't imagine being fearful of our teachers and dormitory supervisors if we ever misbehave. Our Deaf schools are becoming a fortress. They should allow us to pray that we don't get shot for refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, or making our beds. Our nation uses nuclear weapons as a deterrent to keep peace, that's great but we may be tempted to use guns for discipline rather than protecting our Deaf kids. A shot in the ceiling will certainly get our attention.
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.
Someone call the cops to complaint about noises from a bunch of kids outside on the street playing basketball, however the officer who arrives on the scene join them, having a great time.
He then started the Basketball Cop Foundation to keep kids out of courts, playing on basketball courts. Deaf schools ought to apply, maybe one of them will make it to the NBA.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 11:40
The Deaf of Louisiana will finally be respected as equals under a new law, HB253, now being considered in the state legislature, changing the terminology in its records, striking out the "hearing-impaired" mislabels and replacing them with the proper "Deaf." Republicans probably would oppose the bill if they think that we going to waste years and millions of taxpayers money sitting around correcting thousands of thousands of documents already obsoleted. I hope they hire a Deaf clerk to take on the task of updating those documents.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 14:02
A Deaf actor may be in an upcoming episode of "What Would You Do?" The series will deal with people reaction when a Deaf peddler approaches people with a manual alphabet card asking for money. This probably will take place at the Los Angeles (LAX) airport terminal. I think this is an interesting concept, but what they didn't expect a confrontation when Deaf travelers spotted them. I hope they accepted my submission, perhaps next season.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:40
What is the differences in the meaning of the word "stay" in both English and ASL. Here's my observations:
Case Study # 1: A hearing guy tells his dog to "stay" (voice) in the car while he goes into the store to buy a pack of beers.
Case Study # 2: A Deaf guy tells his beer can to "stay" (sign) on the bar counter while he goes outside to to feed his dog.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:29
According to CDC, West Virginians have the highest percentages of smokers compare with California being the lowest. I can't imagine all those coal miners smoking after their shift, they ban smoking in the mines long before they imposed them on public places. That is obvious as you will be blown to bits if you flick a light with methane seeping out from the grounds. It ain't "Almost Heaven" in the Appalachians. I assume Californians, with all that sunshine, cares more about the image of their butts more than inhaling them.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 13:15
This Deaf guy is waiting backstage, awaiting an opportunity of a lifetime to be in the spotlight, having been practicing at local comedy clubs, bringing in his dummy, actually a live interpreter, to showcase his skills as a ventriloquist. An alarm went off, the Deaf ventriloquist, wondering why he's sweating, assuming that he's nervous being on stage, been wondering why his dummy disappeared in thin air, not realizing the theater on fire.
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The President is stuck, his reputation is at stake now that the red line been crossed in the sand, got two options; to take actions, perhaps a strike to teach Syria a lesson, or ignore the genocide that can't escape our conscience after watching the nightly news. Our gunboat diplomacy days are over, we got enough problems of our own, so let the UN do its job of investigating the recent incident, pass resolutions condemning the the regime, and still unable to intervene due to the veto power of Russia. Let our defense contractors earn a tidy profit of supplying arms to the rebels who may one day turn against us. The freedom fighters of today are the terrorists of tomorrow. It's time that America shed its image as an imperialistic empire.
Posted by Gary A. Fitts at 17:35
Maybe I ought to go to audition to get on Hell's Kitchen, being Deaf has it advantages where Gordon Ramsey will be yelling at my ASL interpreter, leaving me in peace.
This menu wasn't made from scratch, it was created using leftovers, the sights and smells makes it tasty. Onion bagelette with chipotle grape tomatoes. Sweet red chili elbows and apple cinder salad.
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There a few Gallaudet students living a lavish lifestyle on campus while studying for their MBA, they hope to open their own brokerage firm on Wall Street, investing in Deaf upstarts. They amass a portfolio over a million dollars, at first I suspected a pyramid scheme, but that wasn't the case, investing their monthly SSI on penny stocks. They learned only three words while at Gallaudet; "Buy, Hold, and Sell". This summer they are travelling across the country conducting Deaf financial seminars. They became so filthy rich that Gallaudet officials meet every whims, expecting a payback when they become philanthropists, but I'm doubtful as I never seen them leaving a tip at world-class restaurants in Georgetown.
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