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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

6 Months... 

Today marks 6 months since my mother's death. Time has really gone by fast. Yet, I miss her...terribly! Lately, I've been in that mode where I'm like..."wish Mom was here." I've never gone this long without talking to her and it's hard. I got up this morning and remembered that it was 6 months since she left this earth. KT saw that I was acting a bit differently this morning and asked what was wrong. So, I told him and just cried. He just held me for a few minutes. (thanks, babe!)

I felt a little bit of Mom last night. KT and I were in bed and watching t.v. I was lying my head on his stomach. He was running his fingers through my follically-challenged hair and playing with my ears. My mother used to do that to me. So, I was savoring those little moments of affection. (Don't ask me why but Mom had a fixation with playing with ears for long periods of time. It was sort of a security blanket for her, coming from an extremely poor childhood, like some kids suck their thumbs.) Although, KT does run his fingers through my hair from time to time. Yet, last night, it was a specific way he was doing it and it was just reminding me of Mom. I just can't explain it but it felt good.

I think I'll call/email my dad and my aunt and say "hey, hope you are ok" and maybe make some small chats.

Over this recent weekend, while KT was gone to Ohio, I was trying to finish up an ASL poem. I was struggling with it. Somehow, I started thinking of Mom. And, I started to do a poem about her in ASL. Next thing, you know, I'm just about done with it. I just need to close it up, polish, and find a camcorder! Tentatively, it's called "Hugs".

Mom, I miss you! I still love you! (still wish you were here!)


Tuesday, June 29, 2004

A Little Catch-Up... 

Thursday evening, I met KT and his folks at our house, after work. It was good to see them once again. We drove over to Tony Roma's for ribs. That restaurant is all over Texas and I've never once been there. Good food! It was delicious! Anyways, it was nice to catch up with his folks.

Friday, KT and I decided that it would be better, time-wise and financially, for him to fly out to Ohio for his granddaughter's christening, than for us to drive a total of 20 hours. So, Friday night, we spent some time together and did a few errands.

Saturday early morning, I dropped off KT at DCA and drove back home and went back to sleep. Got up and did some cleaning. Picked up Kekua and got our lunch at Union Station. We stopped by at Jon's house to pick up a couple of movies. We were gonna watch Alice in Wonderland but the shrink wrap was still on there. I didn't wanna open it and then get chewed out for doing so. So, we thought we'd go Blockbuster and get a couple of movies. However, they didn't have the movies that we wanted. So, back to Jon's place and we got Spirited Away and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (KT is probably rolling his eyes at the mention of Spirited Away. I love that movie!)

We played a couple games of Idiot and had a good time. We had dinner. We were gonna order something but I couldn't find the number to place our order. So, we just decided to find something in the pantry and frig to make some dinner. After we watch all the movies, I dropped off Kekua so he could get some decent sleep before his trip to NYC.

I came home and just simply stayed up late and watch some shows. Same thing for Sunday, just bascially did some errands and cleaning and just relaxed throughout the day. Life was weird without KT, while he was in Ohio have a GRAND time! *winks* Nah, I did have a good time and read Dan Savage's book, Skipping Towards Gomorrah. That book is just amazing with some antedotes, stats and humor.

Then, yesterday, I was just up early because I was excited to see KT! I picked up KT from the airport mid-afternoon and came back home. I had wanted to take KT out to lunch but he already had lunch. *hmmmpph* We just basically exchanged stories of what we did over the weekend. It was so good to see him again! Couldn't help but kiss him all over!!!

Anyways, before we went to bed early, we watched QAF (TiVo'd). Can you believe it? Only 3 more episodes left before the season is over! Why do they always make the QAF season so short? It was an interesting show about everything...Brian and fund-raising, Emmett and Drew, Mel and Linz and Hunter and his date.

Anyways, after that we just went to sleep to get ourselves ready for work. Thank God it's a short work week for us. Next week is also a short work week since we're off Monday, in observance of Sunday's 4th of July! Yay!

Ok, seriously...need to get my ass back to work. Will post more later. ta ta...


Friday, June 25, 2004

Summer of 2004... 

There's been so much drama within the last few days, if not weeks, that I have witnessed, listened or been involved with. (I told someone recently that I feel like a drama magnet. I'm not involved and yet, somehow and some way I get involved.)

Anyways, a lot of these dramas have been centered on three common topics: friendship, money and weed.

I believe that Summer of '04 will be the point where everyone will be redefining or realigning boundaries of friendship. I have been reviewing various circles of friends and seems that the majority of people are still in that "teen level" of friendship. In other words, no one has really quite matured. And, for some of these people, they don't seem mature in just about all aspects of life. There's a mentality that I'm seeing more frequently: "it's everyone's fault and never my fault." It's like...awww, grow up and start taking responsibility and accept the fact that you're not perfect as well. You've said or done some things that were not quite appropriate. It's so easy to point fingers at everyone, yet difficult to point at yourself as well. Also, lying to make yourself look good will make you lose credibility, eventually your lies will be discovered and you'll just be like that boy who cried 'wolf!'. Learn to admit your faults and learn to forgive. Learn to not be hasty with decisions. Learn to listen to each other. Learn to be less defensive. Learn!
Also, be careful what you say. If you say something or promise something, follow through with it. It looks bad when you say you will do something and then later renege.

Money issues seem to be rampant in certain circles. You are just going to have to learn to budget. You might hate it at first, but it'll do you good in the long run. For some of you, if you cannot succeed budgeting your personal finances and always running out of money before the next paycheck, then you are not going to succeed with professional finances. That's how simple it is. I know it's hard but learn to say "no", especially when it comes to loaning to others. If that person has a history of not paying you back or paying you later than agreed, then don't loan more money to that said person! How hard is that?!?
This is something I'm learning... When you go out and go shopping, ask yourself before you buy anything..."do I WANT this or do I NEED this?" And answer yourself honestly. It's so easy to say we NEED these things, when, in reality, we can hold them off for another time. Get the stuff that you NEED first. If you have any "luxury" money leftover, then get the stuff that you would like to have. Simple as that!

As for toking up some good shit...all I can say that I believe will be the best solution...stop toking with groups. Make it a personal thing. Toke with yourself alone. Less problems and more weed for yourself. If you have no money or weed, don't go bugging people. The things I hear of you guys complaining against each other!

These things I've said are general statements to people. These words are not targeted to a single person. So, don't bother to ask me who I'm aiming at. These are issues that are common with the dramas that have unfolded recently.

I think that these people should sit down by themselves and reflect. Meditate. Look inside yourself and fine-tune. Seek to improve! Seek to mend friendships. Seek to forgive and forget.

Share your expectations of each other. Clear the lines of communication.

I know I had more to say but I think I will stop here. I just know that the Summer of '04 will be an epiphany or an awakening for some of you and will never be forgotten. Perhaps some of you will finally mature and become responsible adults, as you should have been all along.


Thursday, June 24, 2004


KT left work early to take one of our cats, BJ, to the vet. It seems he might have a small inflammation in his bladder. So, the vet prescribed him some steroids. So, hopefully, this will be the solution. He had been taken to the vet 2 months earlier and was given medicine. However, the problem still persists. The vet did say that if it still continues and other options run out, it may just be a behavioral problem. You see, he's constantly going to the cat litter to pee. It's like he's a diabetic. So, hopefully the steroids will take care of the problem. *fingers crossed*

Last night, we watched "Crossroads", starring Britney Spears. It's a cute chick flick. I thought "how interesting" when Britney has admitted she wants to be like Madonna and in the opening scene, Britney (playing as Lucy) has a poster of Madonna in her bedroom. Coincidence? So, if you're in the mood for a mellow chick flick, check this movie out.

KT's mom is stopping by tonight. So, we're both looking forward to spend some time with his mom and stepfather. Actually, KT will leave work early to spend the majority of the day with his mother. I'll join them after work.

I saw an ad for a new movie, now playing in theatres, White Chicks, featuring Shawn and Marlon Wayans. I find it interesting that the brothers play FBI agents and go undercover by posing as white females. The reason why I find it interesting is because it seems to be "okay" for blacks to put on another skin color, for whatever reason (humor, political, etc.) Yet, if a white person was to color him/herself black, it's considered "racist". There was a drag queen who recently toured DC. He's actually a white guy but when he drags, he's a black female. That caused an upset among the Black community and tried to encourage the GLBT community to not show up at the queen's performances. Of course, people still attended. So, it's ok for one race to do it but not ok for another person of a different race? I don't get it.

Anyways, better get busy with my projects. ta ta...


Wednesday, June 23, 2004


Last night, KT and I watched a documentary about this man, Jim, who eventually got a sex change operation to be a female, Jamie. It was very interesting. At least, Jamie wasn't an angry person like the other documentary where this gal wanted to be a man.
Although, it was sad to see Jamie's marriage dissolve with Brenda. I know that Brenda took it hard because she said that in all their years in marriage, she knew that Jamie was holding back something from her and just couldn't figure it out. She was hurt because she never had all of Jim.
I think the worst part of this whole thing is their daughter. She's beginning her teen years. You know...remember your teen years. Moodiness, self-discovery, acne, body changes and figuring out the world. Imagine being a teen and then finding out that your dad wants to be a female.

Anyways, at one point of the film, Jamie said something like "why are all these people reacting to my change? it's really reserved for me to react." While I can understand Jamie's pov, but still. That's like your best friend that you've know since kindergarten and have remained friends for the next 40 years. Then, you get the news from your childhood best friend that he/she wants to change gender. How are you supposed to react like that?
For those of us that are gay, I think that we're more likely to accept their decision better than straight people. I think that's because we have been exposed to trangenders mingling within the gay and lesbian communities.
So, when someone does a change of that magnitude, of course people are going to react, whether it be positive or negative. Parents, siblings, partner/spouse, children, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others will be impacted by that decision.

It is kind of like suicide. I've read that suicides are often acts of selfishness (at least in the American cultural perspective). When suicide is committed, people react. When grieving for the loss, it is usually accompanied with anger. Anger towards that person for committing suicide and not thinking of others. Anger for not sharing his/her problems. Anger for not seeking help. Anger for not paying attention to clues for "cries of help" and to prevent one from occurring. Anger for many other reason.

Anyways, it was a fascinating documentary and helped me understand a little bit more about the transgendered community. Like the gay community, they face judgment and criticism from family, friends, work and other aspects of life. Yet, I think they have it a bit harder when it comes to relationships. The reason being is that they do or should inform that person, they're interested in, about their past. Most of the time, they're often rejected once their past has been revealed.

Yeah, it's a tough world to live in. Yet, life becomes easier to live when you have someone else going through the same journey as you are on.


Tuesday, June 22, 2004


Gifted, a Christian version of American Idol will debut in October. I don't know if you ever watch American Idol or not. KT and I enjoy watching the show, especially the audition parts in the beginning of each season. People, cluelessly, come out and audition when they have NO singing talent at all. They amaze us at how foolish they seem. We'll never forget this one guy, Keith (I believe that was his name and suspected to be gay), who did a horrible rendition of Madonna's "Like A Virgin". Since then, people have joked about him. Too bad he didn't get a lucky break like Huang, who recently auditioned and did lousy while doing a Ricky Martin song "She Bangs", yet has been given a "singing" contract and is now one of the wealthiest people in the US.
Anyways, I'm curious to check out Gifted this fall and see if it's any good. Hopefully, it'll be captioned.


Wal-Mart Will Be Sued... 

A judge approved a class-action status of sex-discrimination lawsuit againt Wal-mart. The lawsuit represents approximately 1.6 million current and former female employees. This case already has over 1.25 million pages and 200 deposition. This will be one of the largest lawsuits in the nation. I am curious to see the outcome of this case.


Monday, June 21, 2004


I got this link from Scott's blog.

Larry is the #29 most common male name.
0.598% of men in the US are named Larry.
Around 732550 US men are named Larry!
source namestatistics.com


At Last, A Good Weekend... 

After a few weeks of dealing with the house, such as paperworks and moving, it was finally good to have a relaxing weekend. Friday night felt good to be a bum in my new home. I had been meeting friends, along with being stood up twice, throughout the week. I finished up Jeepers Creepers 2. Good movie. I get the feeling that part 3 will be made.
Saturday, we got up and some cleaning in and around the house. It's looking better bits by bits. After dropping off some debris from the yard at the dumpsite, we went to Chik-Fil-A. MMMM! Talk about good food! Chik-Fil-A now offer wheat buns for sandwiches for an extra 20 cents. Having been for a while, they also offer a fruit salad in exchange for fries.
After that, we came home and watched T-3. Pretty good movie. Must be strange for Californians to watch movies of their current govenor, to be cussing and catch glimpses of him being nude. KT and I were telling each other that even though we know it's part of the movie culture, especially in horror and suspense...why do people always drop their keys when they're frantically trying to get in the car to escape? Or the car doesn't start at the first try? Worse...why do they stop running and look back and just stand there, even worse...talk? Hello, if someone or something was chasing after me to end my life...you think I'd just stand there and talk "so, why are you trying to kill me?" No, I'd run and run and run until I can find someone or some weapons that can take care of that mofo!
Then, we went to pick up Kekua to bring him over and have some margaritas and play some games. Billy taught us a new game, Idiot. It's addicting. We had a good time playing games and it was 4am before we went to bed. I was the idiot twice before dethroned by Kekua.

Sunday, we got up and I made breakfast. Then we were back to playing Idiot. Kekua was glad to pass the tiara to KT. After that, we dropped off Kekua and we did a few errands. Came home and did some yard work by cutting down some of the major weed that had grown over the years.
Then, we watched another movie, Analyze This. Boring! We stopped it after about 30 minutes of watching. Al Pacino isn't an actor that I'd like to watch. Mobster theme or genre just doesn't interest me.
So, we went upstairs to relax for the night and watched Bruce Almighty. Good funny movie. My dad had told me about it some time ago and really liked it. So, I'm glad I got to watch this movie. Just what would you do if you had God's powers for a short while?

I was reading the news this morning. It was interesting to read that Utah has been billing rescued hikers. However, a whole lot of them have not been paying the bill. So, the search-and-rescue offices are now turning them over to a collection agency. It cost the office $245.00 to send out a rescue team.
It was interesting to read,in another article, that Utah isn't the only state to do this. Idaho, Hawaii and New Hampshire have also been doing this. While the National Park Service doesn't charge for rescues, they spent $3 million on rescuing on last year alone.
You might think...what a minute, I have to pay to get rescued? Well, your damn fault for getting lost or doing something drastic. I'm sure the majority of the cases were not necessary, due to stupidity. However, I do know that there are a few cases that warranted rescues...such as kidnapping and others of the like.

Better get myself back to work. ta ta...


Friday, June 18, 2004

Back from Hiatus... 

Yes, KT is back to blogging from a short hiatus. Check out the new pics!


Oh, Sweet Lord... 

Gosh! This really sucks! Paul Johnson, an American, who had been held hostage since last week has been believed to be decapitated.


Hem, hem... 

My fellow worshippers of Madonna, listen up. You have probably have already heard about it, as it could be considered "old news". Anyways... Catholic-flavored Madonna has reinvented herself and adopted a Hebrew name, Esther.
She has been studying/practicing a form of Hebrew mysticism, Kabbalah. She claims she is serious about Kabbalah.
So, who knows what she'll come up with her upcoming music and videos. We'll just have to wait and see.


Good Times... 

Rosey and I met, last night, for dinner at Tortilla Coast, despite the pouring rain. We had a great time eating, chatting and sharing a pitcher of strawberry margarita. We just really enjoyed ourselves and had a few moments where we were just laughing too hard. I know that people like to watch people, but let me tell you...I think Rosey is the CHAMP when it comes to analyzing people. Obvious! I'm like, "Rosey, do you mind!" Of course, she doesn't give a flying fuck if they catch her staring at them. Embarrassing! (well, for me, that is) Nonetheless, she had me laughing and snickering. Must've been damn good margarita! Worth it, right, Rosey?

I'm just simply looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Maybe a bit of cleaning up of our yard, if no rain.

Don't forget your dad this Sunday! It's Father's Day.

ta ta...


Thursday, June 17, 2004

Cute Forward... 

I got this email from a dear friend of mine. I thought it was cute and here it is:

Dear Dog and Cat:

When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two of you in the way.

The dishes with the paw prints are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. (Please note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate & food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food & dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.)

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. Look at videos of dogs and cats sleeping. They can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. (I also
know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but sarcasm.)

My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.

For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine meow, try to turn the knob, or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit through the same door I entered. (In addition, I have been using the bathroom
for years...canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.)

The proper order is kiss me, then go smell the other dogs or cats' butt. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you.

To pacify you I have posted the following message on our front door.....

Rules for Non-pet owners who visit and like to complain about our pets:

1. They live here; you don't.
2. If you don't want their hair on your clothes, stay off the furniture.
3. I like my pet better than I like most people.
4. To you it's an animal. To me he and/or she is an adopted son and/or daughter who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and is speech challenged.

Finally, I have come to realize that dogs and cats are better than kids. They eat less, don't ask for money all the time, are easier to train, usually come when called, never drive your car, don't hang out with drug using friends, don't drink or smoke, don't worry about buying the latest fashions, don't wear your clothes, don't need a gazillion dollars for college, and if they get pregnant, you can sell the results.


Chatting Over Coffee... 

Last night, I met Kenny at Starbucks for coffee. Well, him coffee and me frappuccinno. And cigars!
All I can say is that we had a good time discussing and analyzing various aspects of life and catching up with news. Wow! Before, people used to tease that we were twins because of the same signing style and both being Leos. Yet, last night, gosh, we are really twins. *winks*
He's leaving today with his stuff back to Florida. He'll be missed. Yet, I know we'll keep in touch via email and AIM. (Bitch, don't be a stranger!) Safe drive home!


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

How Much Are You Worth? 

This is how much I'm worth: $1,201,150.00. This is purely entertainment, nothing serious. You can take the test below and see how much you're worth.



Gosh, been so busy with stuff that I've missed a few things. I'd like to extend a belated congratulations to Cookie Brand and her husband (Isaac, I believe is his name) for tying the knot! Heard rumors she's moving to DC. It'll be great to see her once again!
Belated happy birthday to my cutest, littlest cousin, Marla. Hoped that she had a wonderful day! (Which reminds me...I need to email my cousins!)
And I'll say it again, congratulations to Rachella for her achievement for the AA degree.

Soon is Father's Day. Don't forget your papa!


Celebrities' Blogs... 

Y-e-s! You can read blogs of celebrities. Some of them...your favorites! RuPaul, Dan Renzi, Wil Wheaton, Alyssa Milano, Al Roker, and so many others. Hhere's a list of sites that you can find those famous people who have blogs:


ta ta...

Update: it's not all that great. Most of them submit an entry about once a month. Wil Wheaton has been mentioned as the most popular celebrity that has kept regular blogging. Margaret Cho is good as well. Dan Renzi has not been mentioned, however there are several alumni of the Real World/Road Rules that do have blogs. I haven't checked them out yet.


Wick and News... 

I'd like to extend the welcome, along with Scott, to Wick for setting up a blog. I've met Wick a couple times (art show at Sara's place and Mardi Gras party and I'm sure one other event). He seems like a nice guy. Read his blog and the first entry is something that all gays can understand. Wick, hang in there, we've all been there!

The Southern Baptist Church (SBC) has severed their affiliation with a world-wide federation of Baptist denominations because the Alliance were accepting liberal theologies. In America alone, that's about 16.3 million members. The alliance contained 46 million members in 211 denominations.

Oh no! Not again! An American hostage, Paul Johnson, has been showned on an Islamic website, blindfolded. The kidnappers have demanded, to Saudi authorities, that al Qaeda prisoners must be released within 72 hours or they will kill the hostage.

Ridor will be happy, happy, happy! Montgomery County of Maryland said NO to Wal-Mart Supercenters. Well, not really. Giant Food stores and unions have collaborated in support of a zoning measure. Stores that are larger than 120,000 sq. ft. must devote 10% of that to a grocery section, with an exception to those that do not sell food. Wal-mart have stated they have no intention of expanding their current stores in the county.

I got this from Alan's blog about cell phone viruses. Yes, you read it right. There's a virus going around that cause phones to ring. Thank God I'm Deaf! (TGID!) Less viruses to deal with.

KT and I watched Gothika, starring Halle Berry, last night. I really liked the movie. It's worth seeing it. Even though it's a fictional movie, but there's a line that made me ponder. "How can I trust you if you already presumed me to be crazy?"
I wonder how many "crazy people" have actually been telling a truth, yet professionals have disregarded them because it's "just not possible" or uncomprehensible.
I was talking to KT this morning about the movie. I thought of something bizarre. People who hear voices...are they really loony or have developed some kind of uncontrolled telepathy and the medical/science field have yet to offer assistance? Just a thought...

Anyways, better get my ass to work. ta ta...


Tuesday, June 15, 2004


Well, well, well...my dinner date has been cancelled. Sure did put me in a pissy mood! Apparently, according to bitch #1, bitch #2 was manipulating him and so that was why he had to cancel our get-together.

Why is it that people have money to party, yet when it comes to gettting together with a friend to catch up or whatever, they use lame excuses? "Oh shucks, don't have money."


They say bad things come in three's. So, 2 in a row for cancelled/stood up dates or get-togethers...who's next?


News for Today... 

Interesting news that I read this morning, while metroing to work:

Pledge of Allegiance
The Supreme Court almost allowed the deletion of "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance. However, the Court could not rule on the case because the father, who is an atheist, does not have full custody of his daughter, therefore, could not legally represent her.
Interesting to note that "under God" was not added to the Pledge until 1954. The purpose was to make a distinction that USA was not a "godless communist".
While people might not care about this case, it somewhat bothered me. I guess it is because I have grown up in school, reciting the Pledge with "under God". It would just feel foreign to delete those 2 words from the daily recitation.

A Somali man, with a connection to al Qaeda, has been charged for plotting to bomb a mall in Ohio. The plan was to bomb the mall on Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping event the day after Thanksgiving.

Hispanic and Asian populations continue to grow in the US. Hispanics, now the nation's largest minority group, rose 13% within 3 years. The Asian minority group went up 12.6%. The Black population rose up to 4%.

The Marijuana Party of Canada has began selling seeds to raise money. They're selling it in packs of 10 seeds for $300 bucks. Canada bans possession, cultivation and sale of weed. However, a judge ruled that because the seeds have little THC, they're not considered drugs.

Ridor's *area* state, Virginia, will be plastered with some interesting ads on billboards and other venues of advertisement. "Isn't she a little young?" and "Sex with a minor, don't go there" will be popping up everywhere soon, sponsored by the Dept. of Health.
The reason for this is that men over 21 years of age were more 3x more likely to get junior high school-aged girls pregnant than boys under the age of 18. From 1999 to 2000, 219 births were fathered by men older than 21. Needless to mention...but statutory rape is a crime.

With the alarming rate of obesity in America, parents are now taking their babies, even at 3 weeks old, for baby exercise classes to start being fit for life. There's even yoga classes for babies!
Now, c'mon, this paranoia is a bit too much. Babies need fat and they need to eat alot to help them grow. There is a point in their lives where they need to learn to start eating healthy and smart.

Speaking of obesity, there's a baker, who has lost half of his customer to the current diet-craze, now touring the nation to convince us that there's nothing wrong with bread, since it has been around for ages.

Read a brief confusing article about needing to double the password online and others that require passwords. There's a card with scratch-off codes. Apparently, when you enter your password, you will be required to enter a second code, that you obtain from the scratch-off card.

Steve Irwin, of "Crocodile Hunter" is in trouble again. First, some time ago, he got scolded for holding his newborn son in one arm and feeding food a crocodile with his other, with no protection between the croc and Steve and his son.
Now, he's in trouble for swimming with 2 whales off the Antartica ocean and being too close to the penguins and seals. Apparently, there are environmental regulations of how close people can approach to animals in the Antartic.

Ok, some time ago, Gwenyth Patlow named her baby Apple. Now, Courtney Cox named her baby Coco. What's up with that?



I'd like to welcome Scott to the blogging world. Although, he has been blogging but was using LJ and now is using Blogger. You should read his entry about a possible 13th zodiac sign.

A welcome back to Kenny to blogging again. Same blog url but different title.

And y'all that see Terese often, bug the hell out of her to blog again! (She's gonna kill me!)


Rental Movies... 

Sunday night, KT and I watched Along Came Polly, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. Don't you just love Ben Stiller? Yeah, he can be a bit cheesy but gosh, he can still crack you up. It's a good movie to rent if you're in the mood for some laughs.

Last night, we saw Big Fish. If you have not seen it, you must, must rent it. It is a unique kind of movie. This isn't something you see commonly in movies. Unpredictable is the term KT used for this movie. It'll be worth your money.
Something to ponder from this movie... If you were given the opportunity to be able to see how you would die, would you peek?

We have Gothika and Jeepers Creepers 2 to watch. We rented movies because we have to wait til Wednesday before we can get DirectTV and TiVo installed. Yay!

Speaking of renting movies, Blockbuster is now competing with NetFlix. Although, I think that Blockbuster's price is a bit high for the deal. However, one explained that you can go to your local BB and get movies instead of having to wait for the mail to arrive from NetFlix for your next DVD's.
While I was writing this entry, KT IM'd me and said that Wal-Mart is now competing with NetFlix. They're offering it at $15.and some cents. However, not sure for how many rentals at a time. Will have to check that out and see what their deal is.



Don't you hate it when you make plans with a friend and only to be stood up? A friend of mine from TX is in DC for some reason, I think work-related. She had emailed me to ask if we wanted to get together. I said sure and we agreed to meet yesterday, after I got off work.
I got home and checked my email to see if she had responded. I read the old email and found out that she wasn't available until later in the night. So, I had the computer on and my pager next to me. I kept checking both to see if she had responded. Nope!
That really sucks! You're excited to see an old friend and only to find out that you don't get to meet up. So, I don't know what happened...if she stood me up or she tried to email/page me but computer problems or something had happened and prevented her to meet with me and KT. All I know, that sucks!

Anyways, I'm meeting Cliff tonight for dinner. I'm excited about that as it's been awhile since we've hung out with just the 2 of us. Clitch, you better not even think about postponing tonight! Don't need 2 in a row! *winks*


Monday, June 14, 2004

Did You Know? 

I love these "did you know?" emails that provide some tips. Sometimes, I read them and think "well, that makes sense" or "whaaaa? true business?" or "I dunno about that..."

Drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately--without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain "relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the store for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout with the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon of horseradish in ½ cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore Throat?? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating
urinary tract infections almost instantly--even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Eliminate puffiness under your eyes.....All you need is a dab of preparation H, carefully rubbed into the skin, avoiding the eyes. The hemorrhoid ointment acts as avasoconstrictor, relieving the swelling instantly.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes......Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a
band-aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile and speeds healing.
Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus....Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Easy eyeglass protection....To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening,apply a
small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clearnail polish to the threads of the screws before
tightening them.

Coca-Cola cure for rust...Forget those expensive rust removers. Just saturate an
abrasive sponge with Coca Cola and scrub the rust stain. The phosphoric acid in the Coke is what gets the job done.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer....If menacing bees, wasps, hornets or
yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover.....just pour a drop of Elmers Glue all over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure....cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to ahead.

Balm for broken blisters.....To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of
Listerine....a powerful antiseptic & Heinz vinegar to heal bruises... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Kills fleas instantly. Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Goodbye fleas!

Rainy day cure for dog odor...Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Eliminate ear mites....All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear. Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Vaseline cure for hair balls.....To prevent troublesome hair balls, apply a dollop of
Vaseline petroleum jelly to your cat's nose. The cat will lick off the jelly, lubricating any hair in its stomach so it can pass easily through the digestive system.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief....It's not for breakfast anymore! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Hope you learned a few things and use these "secrets".

ta ta...



Yes, we finished moved all our stuff into our new home on Saturday! Now, it's just a matter of putting away things. We're about done, it will probably take us a week to finally have the place cleaned up. I have lots of paperwork and mails to sort through.

We've added a door flap for the cats to go in and out from the living room to the basement. We were veeing the cats because they have not been exposed to the flap before. At first, they were hesitant because they thought we were stuffing them into something smaller. They usually give up when they see that they're going through another room. We have 3 cats and last night, 2 of them finally figured out to use their head to push through the door. As for the 3rd one, Mercy, gosh...he would just lay on the stairs and will wait and wait until we open the door for him. Oh no no no, he is gonna figure it out and start using the door flap.

Other than that, life is good and we're really enjoying our house and we've been throughing ideas back and forth with each other of what we wanna do with the house.

Meanwhile, I have a lot of blog-reading and emails to catch up!

ta ta...


Miss Deaf America Contestants... 

Here is the list of ladies that will compete for the Miss Deaf America crown for 2004 - 2006:

Miss Deaf Alabama: Tyler Marie Banks
Miss Deaf Arkansas: Laura Elena Oseguera
Miss Deaf California: Shazia Siddiqi
Miss Deaf District of Columbia: Tabitha Ann Markel
Miss Deaf Florida: Jazmin Bravo
Miss Deaf Georgia: Kaitlin Carter Pate
Miss Deaf Hawaii: Shana Hitsuko Shimizu
Miss Deaf Illinois: Elizabeth D. Hurd
Miss Deaf Iowa: Katrina A. Landolt
Miss Deaf Kansas: Erin Michelle Land
Miss Deaf Kentucky: Ashley C. Jackson
Miss Deaf Louisiana: Niesha La’Chea Washington
Miss Deaf Maryland: Michelle Mary Schaefer
Miss Deaf Minnesota: Elee Vang
Miss Deaf Missouri: Sarah Mae Wilson
Miss Deaf New Jersey: Joanne P. Karayiannidis
Miss Deaf New York: Jaclyn Lee Vincent
Miss Deaf Ohio: Jennifer Anne Yazbek
Miss Deaf Oklahoma: Lindsay Brooke Boilla
Miss Deaf Pennsylvania: Kristin Lynn Macgill
Miss Deaf Rhode Island: Gemma A. Guinguing
Miss Deaf South Carolina: Latasha Sylina Walker
Miss Deaf South Dakota: Erin E. Casler
Miss Deaf Texas: Kaylie DeAron McCallister
Miss Deaf Utah: Ellen Noelle O’Hara
Miss Deaf Virginia: Amy Gayle Tussing
Miss Deaf West Virginia: Linda Jane Phillips

To the ladies: good luck!


Friday, June 11, 2004

Former Friends... 

I chatted with a friend online yesterday. At one point, we started talking about former friends.

There's been people in my life that I used to be friends with. Due to their sadistic treatment of our friendship, I had to end it. There were times that I should have ended the friendship earlier, yet I kept giving my so-called friends chances after chances. Yeah, I know the majority of you would have trashed the friendship the first or the second time they did shit to you. Yet, with me, I always believe that there are some good in each and every one of us and hope that friend would wake up and appreciate our friendship. Sadly, that isn't always the case.

When I started to step my foot down and ended some friendships, people were like...about damn time, Larry! "He/she has not been nice to you" or "he/she has really taken advantages of you" or "it was really a one-way friendship". I guess I'll still give second chances but not repeatedly. Last year was a hard lesson about friendships and decided that I don't deserve to be mistreated or disrespected.

Yet, unlike some people, I don't wish ill will upon those I used to be friends with, unless it was really serious like physical threats. Yeah, I do get news, good or bad, from time to time about certain people and I just simply wish the best for their lives. Even though I've terminated friendships with these people, I hope that they've learned their lessons and improve themselves with future friends. They may not be friends with me again but hopefully they'll learn to treat their current and future friends better.

Meanwhile, I am content with friends that I do have now. So, I love y'all and love to hear from each and every one of y'all. *huggies*

ta ta...


Thursday, June 10, 2004

Welcome Masa... 

I'd like to welcome Masa to the blogging world! The world awaits to read up about your private life! Get to the juicy parts!! *winks*


Yeah, We All See Things Differently... 

You can take a look at several blogs, whether among our friends or randomly. You're bound to read some entries or comments that doesn't sit well with you or has displayed your exact thoughts on the subject.

It seems to me that people rarely make comments when they agree with you. Yet, when someone disagrees with you, boy be prepared for a long comment. It seems that we're very strong in expressing our opinions or views when we disagree with the writer or when the context of a subject is going down a path that you object to.

Some time ago, Ridor posted a link in an entry in regards to Scattered Words. This is a blog about a young man, in DC, who is trying to leave the world of homosexuality and has been embracing Christianity. My purpose of posting the link isn't to go there and bash the guy, but to see what he's writing about, if you haven't already.

Coming from a Pentacostal/non-denomination Christian background, I can understand where Ben is coming from. I can understand why he's struggling to leave behind homosexuality and live a life as a Christian.

Yet, I can understand the criticisms from the GLBT community that have commented on his blog. I can understand the arguments of science and the scoffing of Christianity. I can understand the defense of "God made me this way" or "how dare you tell me the way I live is wrong" and others of the like.

Some commenters (or is it commentors?) even try to convince that it's possible to combine that being gay and a Christian is permissible in the same sentence. Some even expressed doubts that this isn't a real person but an "ex-gay" organization trying to reel in some homosexuals to leave the lifestyle.

I have added Ben's blog on my blogpage as a link. I'm curious to see what he has to say and what commenters are saying. It's interesting because commentors come from a variety of backgrounds. Even the Christians aren't totally in sync of what Ben should do or agree on topics of homosexuality. (There was a little spat about "othrodox Catholics." Many were saying there is no such thing and others have proclaim that it does exist.)

I guess my point is that we don't always have to agree with what we read or hear. Like Ridor said recently...if you don't like what I said, there's an X on the upper right corner, just click on that. (Maybe it's just human nature that draws us to things or places that we disagree with...what's up with that?)

Life would be boring if we did agree with everything. KT and I are in this loving relationship for almost 4 years. It's amazing just on many topics we have opposing views. Like I said earlier, coming from a Christian background, I often have believe in things or believe it's in the realm of possibility. KT has been schooled in science, evidence is his demand. We nicknamed each other after the X-Files characters. I'm Mulder and he's Scully. Mulder believes "it's out there" while Scully has to see it with her own eyes and has to be able to be documented, etc. My point is that we're able to have a loving relationship and still respect each other that we don't always have to believe in the same things or possess the same views.

Although we do have rules or rather, taboos...which also applies to some of my friends. Theology and politics are not to be discussed, because we both know that we're very hard-headed about our views. Occasionally, we'll bend the rules. Even though I have not been practicing Christianity, I used to get really defensive about it. Lately, if someone makes a degrading remark or analysis about it, I've learned to not let it bother me. Otherwise, it'll be a ping-pong conversation (more like a heated debate) with an ending nowhere in sight.

I guess it is human nature to share our feelings when we disagree with something, especially when we identify with it...such as being gay, Deaf, Black, divorced, anorexic, and many others. Isn't life wonderful?


Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Short Work Day... 

Today is a short work day for me. Work is letting us go home 3 hours early, due to the amount of traffic expected for Reagan's coffin/viewing.

Did anyone see the Venus thing? I looked up at the sun and didn't see anything.

I saw the previews for Catwoman last night. I couldn't get any feeling or vibe if it will be a good movie or not. Whadda think?

Today is Pink Ribbon Wednesday at Starbucks, at least in DC. If you get a Strawberries & Creme Frappucino, Starbucks will donate 10 cents to the 2004 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation National Race for the Cure. Next week Wednesday will be the last one.

Ta ta for now...


Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Shut Up and Act! 

I was reading Dan's blog and read his 5/31 entry, titled "Kim Cattrall is the Devil". Apparently, there's a chance that there might not be a Sex and the City movie because Kim is asking for the same amount of money that Sarah Jessica Parker is making. Hell-o, Sarah is the star and narrator of the show!
There better be a movie and if not, we all know it would be because of Kim. Although, a commenter made a point, she could be replaced. Although, it wont be the same, but still can be replaced.


Clarification on Wonder Woman 

The DVD set will be released on June 29th. Still...plenty of time til my birthday. *winks*

That reminds me...I haven't posted my WishList (Amazon.com) on my blog. Will need to put that on soon.


Omigod! Must have! 

I just found out yesterday that Wonder Woman, the first season is available on DVD! OMG! I told KT that I must, must, must have it for my birthday. He was like...that's wish #100,000,001. Well, hey, I'm gonna be 30 this summer and I need some consolation gifts. *winks*

--Wonder Woman spin--

Before I go any further...I must must say CONGRATULATIONS! to Rachella, who is graduating today from Pierce College with an AA degree. I'm proud of you, gurl! I know you're not stopping there and will continue with education. But hey, at least you completed a milestone. So, congrats! Along with VeeVee, I'll be with you in spirit. (Just don't be saying "whoop" while you're sitting there during the speech. You don't want people to be looking at you as if you're a freak.)

Also, a belated Happy Birthday! to Wilmonda. Hope you had a grand time then!

Interesting word to learn: follically-challenged...yep, for those who are bald or becoming bald. Yes, everyone, I am follically-challenged. TYFVM!

I'm still waiting to hear from work if we're off this Friday. I really hope so! It would be nice to have a long weekend.

Today is the day you can watch the planet Venus cross in front of the sun. The crossing will occur for 6 hours. Keep your eyes peeled to the sky. The last time this has happened was 122 years ago. Unless you've found the fountain of youth, you ain't gonna see it again.

Anyways, better get ready to start on work for the day. Ta ta...

--Wonder Woman spin--


Monday, June 07, 2004

Little by Little with the House, Orlando Vacation - Part 1 

The house is coming along pretty good. KT and I have been painting our bedroom. It was originally maroon. (ewww!) We got the carpet cleaned out and it smells so much better. After that, we'll be painting the kitchen. The walls are green like a frog. Ewww!
So, this week will be spent painting and moving bits of our stuff little by little.

A salute to our 40th President, Ronald Reagan, who passed away over the weekend. He was the best president, during my lifespan. It's been announced that Friday will be a national day in rememberance of him. So, dunno about you guys but that means a day off, at least for federal employees and for KT and me! Of course, will be spent working on the house.

Saw Harry Potter 3 yesterday. Good movie, although I thought there was too much dialogue. It is worth seeing it.

Orlando Vacation...
We got off work early on Friday the 28th and metroed to the airport. Flew off to Orlando. It's so nice to have a short flight instead of having layovers and even a much longer flight. One of the first thing we noticed when we landed was the absence of cicadas. The weather there was just fantastic, helped by the bright sun. It felt...refreshing.
We got on the shuttle bus to Hertz rental place. There was a guy there who just loved to talk his mouth off. We were vee'ing him talking to strangers left and right, non-stop. We were like...is he ever gonna shut up? It's amazing how people can go on and on without stopping. (He must be an Aries. [I know Witch is gonna bitch me out about this.])
Once we got to Hertz and did all the usual reservation procedure, we ended up getting a Toyota Matrix. If you haven't been in one, you should check it out. It's a really nice car. Somewhat a mixture of an SUV and stationwagon. Really cute. A good car for a tall person. Until I met KT, I didn't realize that tall people do have limitations when it comes to getting a car. Not many cars were made with tall people in mind. Our current car, Pontiac Grand AM, is roomy. Matrix scores a big point with KT.
Anyways, we drove on to our hotel. Really, a resort place out in Kissimmee. This resort is really nice. Where we stayed were like apartments than hotels. Ours were that you walk in on the first floor but have to go up the stairs. A large master bedroom on the right. On the left was a large living room and a dining room adjacent. Kitchen was small but cute. Just about everything was provided. Dish soap, utensils, blender, toaster, coffee maker...even its own washer and dryer. Nice, nice, nice! Anyways, the resort had so many other features. We really liked this place and wished that we could stay a full week. Time just went by too fast.
I'll post more later about the rest of our vacation. Basically the first night was just getting settled in.

Until then, ta ta...


Friday, June 04, 2004

Buttons of Directories... 

Since someone claims that my links are "3 miles" below to scroll in order to view some links, I thought I'd post some buttons of directories. You can click on each of the button and then register. Some of the sites have button codes that you can take and add to your blog. Others, you will have to create or "steal" from others. So, hopefully you'll sign up on some of the below and add the buttons to your blogs.

This particular button for Outlet Radio allows the reader to rate your blog. There are other features such as news and the like that keep the GLBT bloggers up to date with information.
Vote for this site at Freedom Forum

Blogtree is like a family tree. What you do is you sign up. It will ask you the usual info. Then, you put down whose blog has inspired you to start up your own blog. That person's blog will be your blogparent. The others who claim that this person also inspired them to start up a blog will be your blogsiblings. Those who claim that you were the one that inspired them will be your blogchildren. It starts off small but it'll grow once you tell people about Blogtree. So...check it out!

This is simply a directory. Sign up and then provide keywords in case someone is looking for blogs containing similiar themes, etc. It has a feature that will pull up blogs similar to yours.
Listed on Blogwise

If you consider yourself to be against wars and such, you can sign up and you'll be listed in the directory.

Directory of GLBT blogs. It is interesting to read others and see what's up. Oh, forgot to mention that some of these directories will require you to ping or activate your XML site feed. If you use Blogger, it's fairly easy. Just go to FAQ and instructions are provided.

This basically will list all the blogs and sites that are located within 100 miles of your longitude and latitude. It had been working and then has been down...probably due to server systems. Not sure if it's up again.

I just checked into this site. They are down for renovations and will be up soon.

Very similiar to BlogWise directory.

There are many other directories that you can find in other blogs. RiceBowl Blogs for those who are Asian. DykeWrite for lesbians....etc....


A Movie Gossip... 

Got this from Dan's blog that Nicole Kidman will play as Samantha for the upcoming Bewitched movie. Apparently, she's having trouble wrinkling her nose. Upper stiff nose?


Bits of News... 

Princess Di's mother, Frances Shand Kydd, passed away yesterday, in Scotland. I did wondered what went through her mind when her world-famous daughter died from that car accident.

NY Ave/Gallaudet metro station is on time and is expected to open this November. I'm sure the students will be thrilled with that. Perfect for me, as well, when I return to school next year.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban opens today. Luckily, it will be captioned in Annapolis this coming Sunday! Can't wait to go see it. It's been said that this is the best Harry Potter film as of yet.

Aside from the news, just wanted to say...my goodness to the rising gas prices. It's ridiculous! Already has been over $2 a gallon. Experts have said that it will continue to rise over the summer. I'm like complaining but then feel like I shouldn't. Read that Englanders are shelling out an average of (pound)5.50 a gallon! Yes, (pound) 5.50 a gallon! So, even with our rising gas prices, we're still relatively cheap.

Hope you all have a good weekend. I know that some of you will be heading over to King's Dominion for Deaf Day. Have a fabulous time! KT and I will still be working on the house. Hopefully, we can move in, for good, by next weekend. We both just cannot wait to settle in and plop our asses on the couch! *winks*


Thursday, June 03, 2004


Hi. I'm back at work. Just been catching up with blog reading and emails. Will post some more later as I gotta get busy with work. Vee some people's blogs and comments! ;-)

Will post some bits by bits of our vacation. I'm sure that KT will post some pics on his blog, whenever things slow down (if ever). :-)