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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Deaf Days... 

Every year, it's nice to go out (usually at an amusement park) and enjoy the entire day with your own people. Here are some dates of Deaf Awareness Day at various theme parks:

June 4 -

King's Dominion (VA)

Six Flags: Great Adventure (Jackson, NJ)

June 11 -

Six Flags: Magic Mountain (Los Angeles)

Six Flags: Fiesta Texas (San Antonio, TX)

Six Flags: St. Louis (MO)

June 12 -

National Aquarium in Baltimore (MD)

June 25 -

Six Flags: America (Baltimore/DC)

July 9 -

Six Flags: Great America (Chicago)

Seecha there!


Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Patrick rolled into town yesterday. Yes, that red headed guy from NJ. He's checking into graduate school. It was good to see him once again. It's been 5 years since we last saw him in person. I kept in touch with him sporadically via AIM.

Anyways, we ate out at Applebee's for dinner. We caught up on so many things. He's been rolling with the punches that life has thrown in his way. We talked about getting/growing old. I noticed that as we get older, we start talking about growing old and feeling the effects on our bodies. Aches here and there. The inability to do some stuff. The dependency of prescribed medicine. Ah, isn't life fun?

Came back to our house and chatted some more. He spent the night. Now, he's around town checking out graduate studies and opportunities.

Oh, he's the same ol' guy but has mellowed pretty much. It's nice to know that you can meet up with people once again, after some years, and just catch up on news and life like hens without feeling awkward due to the long absence.

Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable time.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Just Because... 

"Just Because" are nice little surprises that can brighten your day, even if you had a long day at work. KT left work early so that he could take care of a few errands that dealt with our old and new cars. So, I came home from work and KT told me NOT to go in the kitchen or look at some stuff he bought that he had placed in a corner. Uh, yes, sir! *salutes* (Oooo, he's getting kinky, isn't he?)

Well, KT made a fabulous dinner of home-fried flounders and baked potatoes, seasoned with sea salt. Delicious! Not too long ago, I had mentioned to KT that we never really bought fish from the market and make dinner. We usually just buy fish sticks or haddock in the frozen section. It was definitely a difference in taste. I cannot wait to make it myself. Nonetheless, KT is an awesome chef! Hmm, maybe we both should've been chefs.

Then, after dinner, he gave me a few things he bought for me as he went shopping. Got a couple t-shirts, one with a cute slogan and another with Coca-Cola brand. Seems the Coca-Cola thing is happening once again. Remember that time when everyone was wearing Coca-Cola? OMG, remember those Hypecolor or Hypercolor? You know...those t-shirts where you touch it and it changes color? Anyways, I'm going off the point here. Oh, since our new car has a CD player, he got me a Kelly Clarkson CD. Yay! I need some good music (regardless of lyrics) to play to make the drives enjoyable. Know any?

Isn't KT such a thoughtful boyfriend? Oh, I just love him! It doesn't take much to please me and he spoils me rotten. Woof, woof!


Seriously, computers used to be fun to play games or surf the Internet. It used to be that having the McAfee (sp?) VirusScan was enough to ensure safety and comfort. Now, that alone isn't enough...thanks to some dumbfucks who think it's fun to create some viruses and worms and spread them globally.

Some days, I get so mad with computer problems, I feel like making a vow to never never ever ever use a computer again. But, that's crazy, eh?

Oh, and these pop-up ads. Ugh, don't get me started. Spams...ugh. I have never seen so many spams about mortgages, porns, Rolex, Viagra and many others. However, I learned one thing. You know when you go out to malls or events, you'd see booths promoting a lottery or an opportunity to win a free car, a free cruise vacation or some other vacation packages. (Heck, they even do it online..."Shoot the Bee and You'll Win...") Usually, you'll have to fill out one of those small white slip and drop in a box. DON'T! That's how they get call you while you're eating a delicious dinner. That's how they max out your email account with spams. Besides, do you even know of anyone who has won these prizes?


Ugh! I used to read every details about Bush and his dealings with terrorism and war and all that. These days, I just skim across the articles and move on. Nothing new, same stuff. But...ugh! Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai came to America to meet with Bush and discuss about the American troops in Afghanistan. However, the Bully turned around and chided Karzai for not effectively curbing poppies, opium and heroin. Uh, hell-o! Bully, didn't you come to Afghanistan to seek the Taliban and especially Osama Bin Ladin? Then, keep your focus on that and not about how poppies are everywhere in Afghanistan and then scold Karzai. None of your business! Ugh!

Anyways, better get back to work. ta ta...


Monday, May 23, 2005

Revenge of the Sith 

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Coming back from a birthday celebration in Frederick yesterday, we decided to head to Silver Spring to catch Star Wars: Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith. Of course, RWC'd.

Totally loved it! I loved how George Lucas added humor, especially between robots. There was one scene where Obi-Wan and Anakin were captured, along with R2. One droid tried to touch R2 and R2 emitted a burst of electricity, which shocked the droid's hand. The droid retracted in response but kicked R2 hard and made it fall. It was just hilarious.

All I can say is that I just totally loved it. There's just too many favorite scenes and lines. Don't you just love Yoda's dialogues?!?

Of course, just like everyone is saying...this episode makes the connection to the second trilogy and everything makes sense. Now, I wanna rent 4, 5 and 6 and watch them all again.

I am disappointed that George Lucas has renege his desire to direct and produce the third trilogy. Oh well. Guess I'll have to read the books of the third trilogy.

ta ta...


Big River 

Saturday afternoon, KT, Manny, Cliff and I met at Ford Theatre for a matinee performance of Big River.

It was actually a good show! I was truly amazed by the choreography of the cast and the set design. I was impressed by Christopher Corrigan's performance as Huckleberry Finn. Andres "Flash" Otalora was superb in various characters.

Just a couple complaints... We could not understand Michael McElroy's ("Jim") signs. Of course, didn't help that he talked and signed simultaneously. Thank goodness I had read QueenAlpo's blog about I-Caption. The captioning device helped understand what Jim and a couple other characters were saying because their signs were just bad. Secondly, the myth will still carry on by hearing people that signs and English are the same. Those hearing actors were signing each word with a corresponding sign. ASL is a language with its own grammatical structures and rules, independent of English. Sigh...

It was all of our first time at Ford Theatre. We were looking at the spot where Lincoln was assassinated. It's a cute little theatre building. However, despite the cushions on the seats, the seats became uncomfortable after about half an hour. The seats have got to be replaced to ensure comfort for the duration of a performance.

Nonetheless, I'd recommend y'all to see Big River. You, Deafies...if you go, be sure to get your hand on an I-Caption device and enjoy!

ta ta...


New Wheels... 

First off, we finally got a new car and good riddance to our old one (Pontiac Grand AM)! We're just so in love with our car!

It's a long story how we ended up with this car because we never once thought about getting a Suzuki. Our minds were set on getting a used Hyundai Sonata. Actually, we really wanted a Toyota Matrix but realized we'd best settle with a smaller car while we're in graduate school.

Friday morning, we came in to the dealership to check out the Sonata but discovered that it was sold at an auction, earlier that morning. (GRRR!) The salesman kept showing us this Suzuki Verona, which was just about the same design as the Sonata. We checked it out and drove it aroud. However, we balked at the selling price. Well, thanks to our firm stance on the asking price, we got the Verona (loaded, along with leather seats, etc) at an UNBELIEVABLE price. Ask me in person and I'll tell you the whole story of how this came to be. I think I'm still reeling from the fact we were able to get this car at such a low price.

We just absolutely love our car! Now, we're trying to come up with a name for our baby girl.

ta ta...


Thursday, May 19, 2005

House of Wax 

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House of Wax did not disappoint me. Rarely do I encounter a horror movie that isn't cheesy or contain a fruitless story plot. I actually found myself startled in a few scenes, despite the fact that I kept grabbing Cliff's arm from time to time to see if he'll jump. Dammit! I even reached over to Kekua to see if he'd jump but nope!

The best death scene of them all was Paris Hilton's. I have never ever ever watched Paris and Nicole's show, despite the rave from everyone. So, this was my first time seeing Paris and I have to say that she is a good actress.

I'd give this movie an 8 1/2 out of 10. I wish it was more scarier!

One character in the movie is named Vincent, which is a tribute to Vincent Price, who played Professor Henry Jarrod, a wax sculptor in the 1953 House of Wax (which was in 3-D), which was actually a remake of the 1933 Mystery of the Wax Museum.


I saw the previews for Batman Begins, which will be shown real soon. I found it interesting that Christian Bale is the next Bruce Wayne/Batman. If you can't remember who Christian Bale is...he's that psycho in American Psycho. I kept thinking...omg, Batman is gonna be psychotic! Hehe

Anyways, I hope that he'll play Batman well. I didn't like Val Kilmer as Batman. I thought Michael Keaton was good as Batman. Should've picked Gary Sinise as Batman. Oh well...see see when this movie comes out.

Kristen Davis who play Charlotte York in Sex and the City will be Batman's love interest.

Anyways...ta ta for now...


Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Monster Berries... 

How many of you enjoy learning something new? I do! Sometimes, I learned something new that maybe others already knew but so what! I was reading something last weekend and learned that eggplants are actually fruits. Not only that, but they're also berries! I was like...huh?!?!

I told KT and he had mentioned the same for tomatoes. I had thought he was referring to how people assumed that tomatoes were vegetables. However, I also learned in the link above that tomatoes are also berries. Holy moly!

Definitely learned something new! Already knew that? Well, good for you! :-P


Currently reading:

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The Best Little Boy in the World Grows Up
by Andrew Tobias

This book is the sequel to The Best Little Boy in the World. Tobias was using another pen name, John Reid, at the time of the first book. This back in the late 70's/early 80's when he first wrote this book at a time where gays weren't quite out and accepted, compared to today.

I enjoyed the first book because I could relate to some of his perceptions, fears, uncertainties, desires, etc. The first book chronicled his childhood and education, as well as dealing with being gay and coming out to a few friends.

The second book contains the same humor. Tobias is now out of college and is in the working world and looking for love. Even as an outed man, Tobias still has some uncertainties, desires and even discoveries that many gay men can relate.

I am looking forward to read the rest of the book and see what else happened in his life.

Better get back to work. Ta Ta..

Oh. KT and I will see The House of Wax tonight. Yay!

Ok...ta ta...


Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Getting Better... 

Work was not so bad yesterday but enough to keep me busy all day. Came home and had dinner. Went out biking. I'm still huffing and puffing but less than before. Gotta keep at it and then will need to bike a longer route. I'm actually enjoying it.

I'm excited because today KT and I will buy tickets to Big River at Ford Theatre for this weekend. Cliff and Manny will join us. I hope that Big River is as good as everyone keeps saying.


I know that not a lot of people like Monopoly but I enjoy that game. I got this Blogoply from Davynin. Interesting!


Yesterday was the end of Everyone Loves Raymond. I truly enjoyed that show. It was one of my favorite comedy sitcoms along with Seinfeld, I Love Lucy, Carol Burnett Show, Laverne & Shirley, Roseanne and others. Will definitely miss that show.

Grr! Some of the shows that I enjoyed watching will be cancelled. Carnivale has been cancelled. While the story plot did start off slow in the first season, it picked up and became really interesting in the second season. Darn!

American Dreams has officially been cancelled. Dammit! That was a good show that KT and I always look forward to watch on Sundays. The newest spin-off of Law & Order, Trial By Jury has also been cancelled. I loved that show because it offered a different perspective. The other 3 Law & Order shows often centered on the investigations of the detectives and then wrap up in the courts. Trial By Jury basically involved the prosecutors and their investigations throughout the show. We enjoyed the dark humor spewed by ADA Tracey Kibre (played by Bebe Neuwirth, best known as Lilith, the ex-wife of Fraiser).


Speaking of Law & Order, tonight on Special Victims Unit, there will be a 2 hour special, starring Marlee Matlin.

The first hour is a rerun where Matlin played a physician that ran a website that encouraged suicide pacts. Eventually, she has been tried and jailed.

The second hour will require the help of Matlin, a jailed physician, on a case the detectives struggle to solve, involving an illegal body parts ring.


Monday, May 16, 2005

Oh-So-Green North Carolina... 

This past weekend, KT and I drove down to North Carolina (Durham) for the weekend. KT's dad and stepmother flew in for a high school reunion. So, we thought we'd see both sets of parents in one location, since KT's mom lives there.

After work on Thursday, we Metro'd to DCA to pick up a rental car. Hopped in and drove to NC. I like the drive down because of the beautiful sceneries of green trees and landscapes. The further down you drive, the more you head into the country and see evidence of southern living. You could just feel the stress melt away and just be at peace.

Friday morning, we headed over to Burlington see KT's dad and his relatives. Now, I have met just about all of KT's maternal relatives. I had only met a few of his paternal relatives. I was nervous once again because I was going to meet more of his paternal relatives.

However, his relatives were just as friendly as the ones I had met before. In fact, his paternal relatives reminded me more of my relatives. All were friendly and just cracked up jokes all day long and had frequent strolls down memory lane.

Went to a small mall so that his relatives could buy some wedding shower gifts. KT and I went on our own to explore. We needed a break from reading lips. I usually could last a week from reading lips with my relatives before my eyes were tired and needed a break. However, NC accent is not always easy to understand and my eyes were already hurting after 2 hours of being with his family. We were so tired that we sat down in a lounging area and KT took a cat nap. A few minutes later, we got up, walked around and bumped into a Deaf guy and later to his wife. You should've seen our energy perked up. Yeah, it's no big deal meeting other Deafies but it is when you're spending all day with hearing relatives that know NADA about signs.

After dinner of BBQ, we went back for the night at his mom's house. KT was so tired he went to bed. I stayed up a bit and read up on some recipes in Southern Living magazines. I love them magazines! I jotted down some recipes in my pager and am eager to try them out. I think I chose the wrong profession...I should've been a chef!

Spent Saturday with his mom and stepdad. Had such a fantanstic day. We headed out to a flea market in Raleigh. Dunno about you but I like going to flea markets and checking out some interesting stuff. Met a Deaf gay couple there and just might see them at RAD.

I usually don't mention about meeting other Deafies as it's usually no big deal for us Deafies. However, it was like perfect timing that we met on those 2 occasions because we were needing a break from reading lips all day. It just so happened that we went off on our own and there they appeared. Your energy perks up and you're back to your old self. Of course, all good things come to an end. Your chats with other Deafies are usually ended by hearing people, telling you that we have to move on or leave the area. Shucks!

After dinner, we came home and played croquet. It was my first time playing croquet and I have to say that I really enjoyed myself. KT, his mom and I had such a great time playing and laughing. KT's mom has 2 black labs and they kept taking our balls away every time we hit them. Of course, they thought we were playing with them. Them silly girls! Man, it looked like such a prissy game but dang, we were all sweating after 3 rounds. Nonetheless, it was fun!

Then, we played a card game that I hadn't played before, Hand and Foot. If you know how to play Canasta and like it, you'll love this game. I can't believe we hadn't heard of this game previously. However, I'm glad we did and we look forward to playing with friends.

Sunday, we met with one of KT's childhood friend, Melanie and her family for breakfast. We finally got to meet her baby boy, who slept most of the time. It was just so good to see her and catch up with each other's lives. Her son, Cody, finally woke and was just doubly adorable. My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing so much. He was just cute!

After that, we drove home. Isn't it interesting that despite the grand time you have at on your vacation or on your weekend getaway, you come home and you're tired? It's like you need a vacation from your vacation. Oh well, at least we went to bed at a decent time and we're doing pretty good for today.

Now, I just need to buy a few stuff so I can try out these recipes and try them out. Yep...should've been a chef!


Racially Biased or Stating a Truth? 

Mexican President, Vicente Fox, is under fire for stating a racial comment that Blacks won't do the work that Mexicans will do.

The Mexicans and some Americans feel that Fox is simply stating a truth, even though such a sensitive topic. Blacks feel that Fox should apologize for making such a racial comment. The question is whether Fox was racially biased or was he actually stating a truth that is taboo to discuss? Regardless, Fox has replied that he will not apologize for his comment.

Whadda think?


Thursday, May 12, 2005

Cojones, He Has... 

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If you haven't heard of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero before, oh goodness, you're gonna love him after reading this post.

First of all, The Vatican issued a letter to the King of Spain, urging him not to sign a bill that would permit same-sex marriage.

Prime Minister Zapatero lashed back in response, telling the Vatican to back off of Spain's business. He also scolded the Vatican for their exclusion of gays, because love happens between 2 people, regardless of gender.

In response, the Pope summoned Zapatero to Vatican City for a meeting. Zapatero went but refused to submit to the Pope's pressure.

Then, yesterday, Zapatero told the public that he'd rather please the Spanish people than Bush. Apparently, there's a political party (Popular Party) in Spain that has been brown-nosing Bush, by supporting his war decisions.

Que suave!



AOL has decided to offer aim.com, a free web-based email service, as a beta test. AOL reported a dwindled usage of their services from 2.3 million subscribers.

The new email service offers 2GB of storage, email and spam virus protection and other stuff.

Gonna get one?


Memorial Fund for the Bergman Kids... 

I got this forward from a friend:


A memorial fund has been set up for the hearing-impaired children of
Steven and Marilyn Bergman, a deaf couple from Palm Bay, Fla, who were
shot and killed May 2 while visiting Marilyn's parents in Freedom, Pa.

Marilyn's brother, Thomas Simich, Jr., also deaf, is accused of killing
them during an argument over the sale of their parents' home. The
Bergmans, who would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary June
7, had four children: Eric Bergmann, 23, of Melbourne, Fla.; Amelia
"Amy" Bergman, 19, who attends a Florida college; Ryan Bergman, 18, who
attends the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine;
and Britta, 15, who attends the National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora.

According to Florida Today of Melbourne, donations may be sent care of
the Washington Mutual Bank, 115 Palm Bay Road N.E., West Melbourne, FL


Wednesday, May 11, 2005


It felt so good to be finish with school last Thursday night. Graduate studies is definitely nothing like undergraduate studies. However, I have to say that despite the frustration and challenges, I actually enjoyed graduate school. Looking back, my first year of graduate studies actually went by fast. So, one down and one to go!

KT and I went to DPHH in Alexandria, VA on Friday night. We got there so early to meet up with friends for dinner but it was changed. We ended up having a casual dinner with an acquantance, Bird, a former blogger. It was good to catch up with him and talk through a range of topics. Afterwards, we headed to DPHH and played a few rounds of pool. While I don't proclaim to be good at it, I enjoy playing pool for fun.

We planned to take off afterwards but of course, ran into some friends and stayed there longer than expected. Hung out mostly with KT, Kekua and Faisal. Good to see them once again!

I cannot remember that last time I actually slept late as was done last Saturday. Felt so good not having to get up so early in the morning and catch up on my sleep.

Anyways, went biking again. Still huffing and puffing but actually made it around the route that KT takes. Made it home alive and was so proud of myself. Just gotta keep at it and will be able to handle it with no problem.

Oh...forgot to say that Thursday, our car decided to go "ker-plunk!". No, really, the starter isn't working! Sigh...car problems...what else is new?!? Anyways, went car shopping. Whooo...car shopping can be energy draining! And those persistent salesmen don't help! It'll be a few days before we'll decide on a car or if we'll just fix up our old car. See see...

Sunday was just a beautiful day which I know was perfect for many mothers during Mother's Day. It was also Dani's birthday, KT's goddaughter. Cannot believe she's already 3! She was just a little baby not too long ago and now growing up. Time does fly, eh?

Anyways, I'm so ready for the summer! I've already resumed my leisure reading on books that I got for Christmas. I know...I have lots of reading to catch up!

Hopefully this summer, I'll be able to fly to Texas for a visit with family and friends and of course, a visit to Mom's grave.

Despite the complaints from peers and such, I am looking forward to RAD and I'm just gonna make the best of it.

KT and I are gonna try to do some of our portfolios for our teaching career. We got a glimpse of someone else's and did a fantastic job. That should be a fun project to do for the summer.

Of course, summers are perfect times for renovations around the house. Hopefully, we'll get to do some minor jobs here and there.

Not exactly a vacation but at least KT and I will get out of town for this weekend to beautiful North Carolina. KT's dad and stepmother will be flying in NC for a reunion. So, we'll get to see KT's mom and dad on separate days and an old childhood friend of KT's. Should be a fun weekend!

Unfortunately, I'll miss the Gallaudet graduation on Friday. I'd like to extend an early CONGRATULATIONS! to dear friends and acquaintances of mine. Best of luck in your future endeavors!


Thursday, May 05, 2005

Follow Up of the Simich-Bergman Tradegy... 

Here is the link on the follow up of the Simich-Bergman tradegy. It's rather some anecdotal accounts of the family history.


Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Deafly Murders... 

Got the following news from Mike McConnell:

Freedom, PA - A 46 year old Deaf man, Thomas Simich, Jr., shot and murdered his sister and brother-in-law, both Deaf, at their Deaf parents' home where Thomas also reside.

Thomas apparently became upset at the prospect of selling the home as was discussed by family members. An argument ensued and Thomas retrieved a 20-gauge shotgun and shot his sister, Marilyn Bregman and his brother-in-law, Steven Bregman, to death at close range. The Bregmans were visiting from Palm Bay, Florida. The parents, Thomas Sr. and wife, fled to a neighbor's house and requested help.

The Bregmans leave behind 4 Deaf children, ages 14, 16, 18, 23.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

News, Once Again... 

Fargo, N.D. - Police arrested a man on Saturday after he punched a pizza deliveryman in the face because the pizza man refused to accept marijuana as payment instead of money.

Like everyone has been saying...he should've had a pot pie instead.

Get this! Research has proven that obesity doesn't discriminate. Rich people are getting fat! Oh. My. God. Shocking, isn't it?

Duluth, GA - Jilted groom still wants to marry his runaway bride, who had gotten cold feet from their 600-guest, lavish wedding, escaped to Albuqerque, N.M. and phoned the police that she was kidnapped.

Wow! He must really love her after all that drama.

Sometimes, when we read history, we think that it happened so long ago. Yet, when someone speaks out for the first time after so many years, we're reminded that such event occurred not too long ago.

Hitler's nurse, Erna Flegel, is speaking for the first time in 60 years about Hitler's last days in the bunker before he committed suicide.

Dang! Nowadays, girls are no longer sugar and spice. Uh-uh! Girls are now becoming more daring and combatitive. Nicole Townes is just coming out of a coma after being beaten up by several girls. The link above also has other links to other recent events, such as one hockey teams where the girls made the new players go through some dangerous hazing rituals.

Convenience stores are aiming to change their appearances and services. Sushi will be sold. Wi-fi interet will be offered as a free service.

The Chronicles of Narnia is actually coming to a theatre near you. Disney has been mum about the movie but is excited about its upcoming release in December.

Well, that's all folks!

ta ta...


Monday, May 02, 2005

Everyone Else is Doing It! 

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Not too long ago, I blogged about a wholphin, as well as a liger and such. Well, whadda know. We now have a new cross-breed. A zebra has given birth to a zonkey (or a debra), fathered by a donkey.

Strange world we live in, eh?


Can't Have It Your Way... 

Last night, KT and I drove our way to Burger King, near Gallaudet, for dinner before heading to Gallaudet and work on our papers. However, we discovered along with other Deafies that the place was closed or rather, locked. The drive-thru lane was still open.

We thought that it might be due to not enough people working to serve those that wanted to dine inside. So, we decided the drive-thru lane and get our food. 2 Deafies asked us if will go to the drive-thru lane and we confirmed. They gave us money and their order after we confirmed that we'd get their food as well.

So, we proceeded in the drive-thru lane. The big-assed truck in front of us passed by the ordering station/speaker area and up to the window. (We assumed he was Deaf.) We did the same, passing the ordering station and drove up. The car behind us stopped and dictated his order.

The car in front of the truck drove away. All of us inched up. The driver in the big-assed truck gave his order at the front window. (Yeah, he must be Deaf as we still assumed.) KT quickly wrote out our orders on one sheet of paper. Then, he wrote another one for the other Deafies.

The truck in front of us finally left and I drove up to the front window. I gave the cashier our order first. She rang us up and wrote down the price. I gave her the money and then gave her the second paper for the next order.

"Sorry, but I have to put them together because there are other cars waiting." I gestured that the restaurant was closed and I want to make 2 separate orders. She was like, "sorry, but I have to ring them up together." I shook my head in defiance.

I mean...really, if I was to place an order inside, they would have never given it a second thought if I gave 2 separate orders. So, why should this be any different? Too bad that the dining area was closed. Too bad that the ordering station in the drive-thru lane isn't Deaf-friendly.

The cashier was like, "I'm gonna get the manager to talk to you". I was like...bring it on, girl! Somehow, it didn't go her way so she took her sweet time before she got our order and begin the second order. I was like...sure, take your sweet time, it's not gonna get me upset.

When she finally took the second order, she asked me to pull up. I shook my head once again. She just nodded. She rang up the order and wrote down the price. I gave her the money. After she gave me the change back, she asked me once again to pull up because the other cars are waiting. I shook my head in response.

First of all, like I said, too bad Burger King isn't Deaf-friendly. The other cars behind me can wait as I have done so waiting for others in the past. Secondly, the second order just consist of 6 pieces of chicken nuggets and an ice cream cone for the other Deafies. No special order or instructions. How hard is that? Plus, I know that when you pull up, you wait longer than usual.

After I shook my head, man, the cashier just went into a cussing episode. Swear all you want, girl, but I ain't moving! Sure enough, I got my second orders within seconds. How simple was that, ya know?! Then, I fianlly drove away, handed over the food to the Deafies waiting at the parking lot and drove off to Gallaudet.

Sometimes, you just gotta stand your ground!


Don't Mess with Deaf Texans... 

It is always disheartening to read about discrimination or harrassment upon my fellow Deafies. This one below is no different. I got the following article from Deaf Network of Texas:

Deaf man says he was mistreated
By Domingo Ramirez Jr.
Star-Telegram Staff Writer

April 30, 2005

On some days, co-workers at the Albertsons Distribution Center in Fort Worth hurled cans of food and bottles of bleach at William Monteleone, a lawsuit claims.

A supervisor sometimes cupped his hand behind his ear, feigning deafness, and yelled directly into Monteleone's face, the lawsuit says.

And routinely, it claims, a co-worker on a forklift would gun the engine and drive the machine to a screeching halt near the 39-year-old Flower Mound worker.

The claims of taunts and teasing were outlined in a federal disability discrimination lawsuit that Monteleone -- who is deaf -- filed last week in Fort Worth.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages against Albertsons and employee Charles Davis.

"We really hope that this litigation will improve the workplace not just for him, but for other workers who are deaf or hard of hearing," said Karen Fitzgerald of Dallas, one of Monteleone's attorneys.

Albertsons officials have denied Monteleone's claims, court records show. They declined to comment further about the case, as did Davis, who is identified in the lawsuit as the forklift driver.

"Because it's still under pending litigation, we can't comment," said John McChristian Jr. of Fort Worth, an attorney for Albertsons.

Monteleone, 39, also declined to comment further.

The lawsuit will be watched closely by advocates for people with disabilities. About 700,000 people in Texas have hearing impairments, according to the most recent U.S. Census figures.

"It's still common to hear about people with disabilities who have problems in the workplace," said Charlotte Stewart, executive director of the nonprofit Rehabilitation Education and Advocacy for Citizens with Disabilities in Dallas.

"There is still a lot of fear by employees," Stewart said.

In fiscal 2004, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 15,376 charges of disability discrimination and recovered about $48 million in benefits, not including money from litigation.

Monteleone, who became deaf when he was an infant as a result of an illness, began working at the Albertsons warehouse in 1991, according to his attorney. He started as a worker in the receiving department and later moved to the mechanized selection department in the warehouse, she said.

In December 2002, Monteleone filed a complaint with the EEOC and received clearance to file suit in December 2004.

According to the federal lawsuit, the EEOC found that Monteleone was subjected to harassment by supervisors and co-workers and was denied transfers because of his disability. The EEOC also noted that Albertsons officials failed to take any action on Monteleone's complaints.

"It is fair to say that this was a source of great frustration and anguish to Mr. Monteleone," Fitzgerald said.

Monteleone is still employed by Albertsons, but he suffered a back injury in July 2003 that has forced him to be on leave, the lawsuit says.

"All Mr. Monteleone ever wanted was to do his job and have the same opportunities and be treated like the other employees," Fitzgerald said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., (817) 390-7684 ramirez@star-telegram.com

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