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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Free Credit Report 

September 1st is Free-Credit-Reports-For-Everyone Day. Be sure to obtain your free copy tomorrow.

Credit reports are important to get your hands on because they affect your credit status and your buying power, among other things. It's also wise to get them because you can check over them and make any corrections as deemed necessary or pay off a debt that you might have forgotten.

ta ta...


First Day of Class 

First day of class, yesterday, was good. It seems like it's gonna be an interesting class on second language teaching and theories.

The class is a lot smaller than last year. Last year, all of the 1st year graduate students, majoring in Deaf Studies, took core classes together. This year, we've been split to focus on our "specialty", which is sign teaching, culture and history. So, there's only 3 of us in sign teaching. However, Friday's class will be bigger since we'll be having class with Linguisitcs graduate students.

After class, I dropped off KT at the metro station for work. Came back to Gally and walked around the track. Whooo, it was humid outside!

Came home and watched Paragraph 175, which is a documentary, narrated by Rupert Everett, about homosexuals during the Holocaust. Before the Holocaust, Berlin was literally an utopia for gays and lesbians, despite the fact that Germany already had a law against homosexual acts. This law was never actually enforced.

When Hitler came into power, the gays weren't really afraid for their lives. The reason was because one of Hitler's closest allies was Ernst Röhm was openly gay. Röhm was in charge of the nation's strong storm troopers. However, Hitler had a secret agenda for the troopers. Once Hitler had his strategy completed, he had Röhm executed and had the Paragraph 175 revised. That was when the homosexuals lived in fear.

Lesbians weren't really persecuted as much as the gays were. Lesbians were considered treatable, while gays were considered contagious. Therefore, over 100,000 men were arrested and were either sent to prison or concentration camps. This is when the pink triangle was born. They were made labor slaves or subjects for medical experiments, simply because most of these men came from a German Christian family, which spared them the horrors that the Jews went through.

I didn't get to finish this film because I had to leave to go watch a movie with KT, which I will get to it next. (Thank God for TiVo!) However, before I close on this topic, I should say that this film holds some value because today there are only about 10 men still living from that horrible time. (4,000 men survived from the concentration camps.) They deserve to tell their story.

Went over to Chinatown to meet up with KT to watch The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Hilarious film! I have to say that it was one of the best movies of the summer. It could've been a great, great movie but about the last 20 minutes or so of the movie, it lost its "luster". So, I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Finally, I got to finish the Narnia Chronicles. Whew! I liked all the stories, except one. Overall, good book!

Now, I'm reading one that Kekua gave me for my birthday, Secret Lives of the First Ladies: What Your Teachers Never Told You About the Women of the White House. It's an interesting book of well-known and little known facts on backgrounds, contributions, quirks and such on First Ladies from Martha Washington to Laura Bush.

Before I close, I just wanna say that my heart goes out to those suffering from the aftermath of Katrina.

ta ta for now...


Monday, August 29, 2005

Weekend Before School 

Taken from my Xanga:

The Skeleton Key was something I enjoyed watching last Wednesday night. There were no cheesy scenes that are occasionally seen in some horror/thriller films.

Caroline (Kate Hudson) decides to answer an ad for hospice care for an elderly man, living in a swamp on the outskirts of New Orleans. Once the wife warms up to Caroline, she tells her that there is something wrong with the house, due to a terrible past.

This, of course, only sparks further curiosity in Caroline. She discovers that hoodoo is involved. No, not voodoo. Hoodoo. You gotta check out the film if you wanna know what that is.

There were a couple of scenes that made me jump a little. So, if you like to be scared by being startled and emptying half the popcorn bucket on the floor, then this movie's for you.

Good movie! I give this film 4 out of 5 stars.

There was a preview of a movie that I think will be an awesome movie. Sorta like Matrix but in its own way, AeonFlux, starring Charlize Theron. It comes to theatres this December.

Speaking of movies, I decided to Google on upcoming movies and came up with a few. X-Men 3 is expected to be released next year. Rumors is that Juggernaut (possibly by Vinnie Jones, this link confirms that he's in the film as the villian) will be cast in this movie along with the Dark Phoenix.

Sin City 2 is also expected to be released next year. By the way, I just recently had the chance to watch Sin City. I thought the movie was great! However, I do realize that some people might think that the story plot may be a tad bit too long.

Superman Returns is slated for Summer 2006, with Brandon Routh playing the main character.

Looking ahead...like 2008, there's supposed to be a Smurfs movie, which will be CGI animated.


On Thursday, Cliffie asked me to join him to Green Lantern as he worked for an hour as an HIV Prevention Specialist for the Deaf.

I had a good time with Cliffie and another Deafie, whom we were finally officially introduced. Nice guy.

As for the rest of the Deafies there, let's just say that there were some interesting characters, doing some lame stuff.


Most of the day on Friday was spent at Gallaudet as KT and I registered for classes for the Fall semester. We basically have a pretty easy schedule, which is good for us.

We'll have classes on Tuesdays and Fridays. Practicum will not start until later in September. A 4th class will be untraditional because the instructor is from California. Therefore, we'll have online/videocamera sessions. I'll also be teaching a couple of class sessions on baby signs at Gallaudet. This will be a good experience for me as I'll learn from it and improve for future classes.

It was good to see some people once again. I'm sure we'll catch up on news and stuff with other people when school starts once again.

Friday night was spent at Cindy and Dane's, catching up on news and playing games.


Most of Saturday was spent with a good friend of ours, Peter, at our place. Made a delicious pot of baked potato soup.


Sunday was just a day of relexation for both me and KT. Just what we needed before starting school and this new work schedule.

We finally got to see The Grudge. It was an ok movie, not so great like all the hype that this movie had been getting when it was in the theatres.

I am soon done with the Narnia book. On the 6th book now. Can't wait to finish it now as I got about 7 other books to read that I got for my birthday.


This Friday on Here!, a gay pay-per-view channel, will be featuring the tv's first gay detective series. Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") will be playing as gay Detective Donald Strachey, created by Richard Stevenson.

I am curious to find this channel and see if I can check it out.

Anyways, I better get back to work. Ta ta for now...


Thursday, August 25, 2005


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Happy 30th Birthday to you, Toby! Have a blast!

(Welcome to the club!)


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

We Are Family 

A real estate firm, in McLean, Virginia, was found guilty of discrimination of gays by a human rights body.

Long & Foster Realtors discriminated against a gay couple by selling a house to a married couple, despite the fact that the gay couple were willing to shell out more money for the house.

Apparently, the owners were hoping to sell their house to a family. Obviously, a gay couple did not constitute as a family to the eyes of the owners.

Now, it's payback time! The human rights commission will be making recommendation for the penalties, which has to be made within 30 days, which can include up to $5,000 per breach.

A couple is a family, whether they be a straight couple, a gay couple or a lesbian couple. Of course, I haven't forgotten those who are single parents with kids. We are family and no one has the right to turn us down just because we don't fit within the seller's vision.


Rocker Back 

Ahh. It is so good to have our rocking recliner back!

Last year, someone broke our chair. So, we had to call Marlo to come and get it fixed, since we had a warranty on it. I have to say that while Marlo has some good selections on furniture, their customer service STINKS!

Well, KT had been calling them repeatedly to have them come and pick up the chair and get it fixed. He absolutlely HATES to call Marlo because the phone would ring for like a good half hour before being answered or he'd be on hold for that long as well. Anyways, he'll get the date set for the pick-up, which they say they'll come between 6:30am to 5pm. That's a whole day!!!

Let me go off the point here a little. It used to be that companies would give you an hour or a 2 hour frame for delivery or pick-up or whatnot. Now, they've giving you a half day frame or a full day. Comcast did the half day frame when I was waiting for them to hook up access to the Internet. They'd say 8am to noon or 1pm to 5pm.

Back to the story. The date is set for a pick-up. Guess what? They never show up. So, he'd waste a whole day for nothing. Sometimes, taking a day off from work just to allow them to come in and pick up the stuff but end up with a no-show.

Comcast did the same thing to me...twice! Apparently, with Comcast, they call back before they start the drive to your house. If there is no answer, then they cancel you and move on to the next person on the list. Explaining Relay to them does not work nor having them put down the notation in their computer that they need to call Relay to get in touch with us. It's like...why the call back? I noticed that trend was picked up here in DC. If you call for a cab, the cab company will call back to confirm that you're still interested/waiting for the ride. If not, it's dropped. It's like...hello, didn't I call for your service? Then, dammit, get your ass over here!

Well, thank God for this new AIM Relay that we have now. You just give your phone number out without having to explain Relay. Once they call, the Relay operator will reach you via AIM. Puuurfect!

Anyways, it wasn't until March that the truck from Marlo finally stopped by to pick up the chair. We substitute it with one of those video rocking chair. Our living room is small by most standards. So, we basically just have a loveseat and a chair. The loveseat is almost always occupied by me and KT. The chair for a visiting guest. Well, the video rocking chair isn't comfortable for a long period of time...like, say, watching a movie.

Anyways, it turned out to be long for the chair to be fixed. So, KT called and discovered that they hadn't even begun with the repairs. So, we gave it some time. Then, like another month went by, KT called and they were still working on it. Some time goes by, we finally get a call, after some phone tagging, that the chair was ready. Yay!

Come delivery day and it's not our chair! Wrong color! Wrong design! Boy, were we pissed! So, they take it back and KT calls back to explain. We were told to call back later as they will investigate.

Some time goes by and we call again. Apparently, they lost our chair. Eh? Apparently, they no longer make that particular design/fabric. So, in exchange, we get to go to the store and pick out a chair we wanted. So, we went last night and saw some chairs. There were some nice stuff. We were debating about getting a leather chair but I was worried about the cats. Leather and claws don't necessary mix well together. Even though it was BJ, who was put to sleep earlier this year, who acted like our seats were his scratching posts, the other cats did not do this. But still, better safe than sorry.

Anyways, so get picked out a chair that rocks and reclines like our previous chair. Then we thought...here we go again about delivery and all that shit. Actually, we were told we could bring it home that very night. So, the chair was dismantled and put in our car and away to home we go.

Ahh. So nice to have a real chair once again!

Ta ta for now...


Tuesday, August 23, 2005


I couldn't believe it when I read about this story in the Express today.

Danon Gale, of Auroro, Colorado, has finally settled with the city, which in turned blamed Chuck E. Cheese. So, what the heck am I talking about?

Back in February, Danon took his 2 kids to a local Chuck E. Cheese. He ended up being Tasered by the police. You know what for? For allegedly stealing salad.

Had a good laugh? Heh. Good. Now, let's review what happened here.

Danon, age 27, went to CEC and paid for the meals for him and his kids, 3 and 7 years old. Danon proceeded to the salad bar. A manager approached him. He believe that Danon was stealing because he wasn't using the right plate for the salad bar. The manager said that he'll get him the right plate if Danon would show a receipt to prove that he paid for it. Danon basically responded with an attitude, "get lost!" and proceeded to build his salad. The manager retaliated by saying that he'll call the police on him. Danon retorted, "go ahead, and the manager did.

The police arrived. An altercation was sparked and the police Tasered him twice, 26 watts each, in front of his kids and arrested him. Witnesses say that it was the police who started roughing up on Danon.

It was later discovered that Danon had actually paid for it. However, Danon still had to face 6 misdemeanor counts, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, each comes with a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Oh, did I mention that Danon Gale is Black? Would the manager have asked a white man to produce a proof of purchase? This caused some civil rights concerns in the city.

In exchange for Danon to drop his lawsuit against the city for $500,000, 5 counts were dropped. The 6th one was disturbing the peace, which he could plead no contest, and was fined $500. Oh yeah...the city'll pay for his medical and legal bills.

O....k! All this over a salad!

There are ways this could've been avoided. The manager could've checked with the cashier for confirmation. The manager needs to be re-brainwashed that 'customers are always right'. (Those of you who have worked in sales/retail should know that mantra.) Managers have the "authority" to make exception. So, why couldn't this manager make an exception for Danon?

Also, should Danon have had a better rein on his remarks? Who's to blame? CEC is blaming Danon for using the wrong plate. <--This link here is sarcastic and funny, which I'm sure wasn't funny for Danon and I don't think it would be for anyone in that situation. But, I just couldn't help but laugh at this columist's view.

Anyways, Danon Gale has been hailed as the new Rosa Parks. This article adds a new detail that wasn't mentioned in the provided links above. He was shoved into a pizza oven by the police before being Tasered.

Naw, Danon should've sued the city for more money and should've had the city drop ALL the charges against him. That's just plain wrong of CEC and the police!


Monday, August 22, 2005


I basically spent the long weekend as KT's nurse. He got sick. So, basically he had to rest up to recovery.

So...we had to cancel our trip with Kekua and Manny to Hershey Park. We were gonna go for the weekend as our last adventure for the summer before school resumes. Ah well. Next time, guys.

However, it was a very relaxing weekend for me as well. It was nice to take care of my baby and do some things.

Well, now the weekend is over and KT is back to his usual energetic self. I'm ready for the week as well. This will be our last week before school starts next week. I'm excited because it's just one more year and then we're done!

ta ta for now...


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Supporting Cindy 

I read up an entry on Adam's blog about a vigil for Cindy at the White House.

Basically, Cindy Sheehan has been asking for a brief meeting with President Bush to discuss about her son's death in the military. However, Bush refused to give her the time of day or even replying. Most people would turn around and go home after the first rejection but Cindy has stood her ground and asked for a meeting. She's determined to get some answers and she's gonna get it from the President!

Well, tonight, there will be a vigil in front of the White House. Hopefully, there will be a significant number of Deafies showing up in support of Cindy's search for answers.

So, if you're in the area, try to show up.

ta ta...


Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Influential Hispanics 

I'm sure many of us can name one influential Hispanic. Let's see if we can even name 5 of them. Can't think of any?

Check here to see the top 25 influential Hispanics. Hopefully, you'll learn a thing or two.

ta ta...


Monday, August 15, 2005


The vacation to Austin was great!

Flew in Friday afternoon and spent the day with Barbie, a great friend of mine.

Saturday, KT and I drove down to San Antonio. First thing we did, when we hit town, was to stop by Mom's grave. It was a serene moment, allowing us to reflect on these 2 years that have past by so fast.

I'm gonna have to fast forward to Sunday evening because the story/dealings with my Dad is another story for another day.

Sunday evening was spent with another friend of mine, Brian, and his daughter. Monday morning, we all took a trip to the beach at Mustang Island. It was wonderful there! Not many people there, so we basically had a wide area of space...all to ourselves.

Tuesday was also spent with Brian and then we returned to Austin that evening to Barbie's place. Wednesday, KT and I just went out on our own, checking out downtown, a mall and Hippie Hollow.

Thursday was my birthday. So, Barbie and KT spent the day spoiling me, which was great. Went out for lunch and drove around town. Went to a liquor store and bought so much stuff. I dont think I've ever seen so much liquor bought at once. Went back to the house and had a party, along with Barb's hubby and a friend.

Thanks to all those who wished me a Happy Birthday! One of the best birthdays I've had.

Friday, Barbie, KT and I spent the last few hours together before flying out. We just had a great time chatting and laughing. It's only been a few days since but I already miss her terribly!

Overall, Austin is such an awesome place. I cannot believe that while I was living in San Antonio, all my life, I never really did explore around Austin, except the famed 6th Street and TSD. Anyways, the weather there was just fabulous! We love it so much that we wanna go back and visit, real soon!

Well, we flew back and we were already complaining about the humidity here in DC. UGH!

Anyways, a big THANKS to Cliff who house-sat for us while we were gone. KT and I were able to enjoy our vacation, knowing that someone was at home, taking care of the cats.

Had a delayed birthday celebration with KT, over the weekend. Got some awesome stuff! Before the vacation, KT gave me one gift, which was a book, The Chronicles of Narnia, which contained all the books of the series in one. I've really been enjoying this book. Right now, I have a really big smile on my face. I got Wonder Woman, seasons 2 and 3! *spinning* So, we have been watching some episodes and vee vee various aspects of the show.

KT is a wonderful man who loves to spoil me. I had opened the gifts and he tells me that there's more. I'm like...no, these are enough. I'm happy and no need to get me more. He just loves me so much and that makes me really content! Woof, woof to you, babe!

Now, we're both back to work. Ugh! At least, we got another weekend getaway this weekend with Manny and Kekua. That'll be fun! And then, after that, we'll have to get ready for school. That's gonna be exciting as we have one more year before we get our Master's!

Ok, ta ta for now...



Thursday, August 04, 2005

It's My Party 

I cannot believe that I had never heard nor seen It's My Party before. It is filled with well known actors and actresses, such as Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Margaret Cho, Marlee Matlin, Olivia Newton-John, Bronson Pinchot and many more. I thought I had seen all of Marlee Matlin's films, with the exception of What the Bleep Do We Know?

This film is about a gay architecture (Roberts), afflicted with AIDS. However, he received some news from his doctor. I forgot already...I think LPV or something like that...which is lesions in the brain, which cause blindness, dementia, and also amnesia. So, rather than suffering with it, he decides to throw big parties in his last days before committing suicide with some pills as was done by friends, afflicted with AIDS, had done before.

It was a good film to watch. Even though this was filmed in 1996, it felt like watching one from the 80's. Pinchot is hilarious in this film.

It's worth checking out whenever you're in the mood to watch something from the past.


I think this'll be my last post before KT and I take off to Texas tomorrow for our vacation. If so, have a great week/end.

ta ta...


Wednesday, August 03, 2005



When we had our Pontiac Grand AM, we had no problem with it. I meant as nobody messed with it. It wasn't until 3 or 4 months before we traded our car that someone stole the license plate from the rear. Then, we got hassles from police or security about our missing license and we explained that they were stolen and we used the one for the front and put it in the rear window.

It was a headache for KT to go to MVA and having to pay a fee and switch license plates.

Well, we got this new car with those temporary paper tags. You know what I'm talking about, right? That. Anyways, we finally got our new license plates. One on the rear and one inside the front window. Just yesterday morning, I was telling KT that we should put the front plate on the outside because it looked kinda tacky in the inside and this is a new car.

Well, guess what? Last night, KT discovered that the rear license plate was stolen. ARRRGGGHHHHH! They even stole the black frame on the plate. (What's worse is that we haven't even had the new plates for 2 weeks.) What is up with people stealing license plates? And we're not the only ones. I've seen an increase of people putting up cardboard notice on their rear windows, declaring "stolen license" or "stolen tags" along with the numbers.

That means we have to go to the MVA, pay a fee, wait in a long line and switch plates. Now, I'm not gonna complain about the front license plate being on the inside.

I mean...really, stop stealing them damn plates!



Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Resting Up 

I became sick over the weekend as my body was screaming for rest after dealing with RAD and some other stuff. In a way, it was good because I really need to rest up and just take it easy.

So, I was able to read up some books and watch some movies.

Harry Potter, Year 6 was fabulous as always. As always, left me wanting some more but I guess I'll have to wait until the next and last installment of the series.

I had a feeling who the Half-Blood Prince was and guessed it correctly. There was a twist to the story, which have left readers surprised. I'll keep mum for those who have yet to read this new book.

J.K. Rowling sure knows how to keep her readers intrigued!


Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous was a cute movie. I like the first one better but part 2 was still enjoyable.


13 Going on 30 was another cute movie. If you like Big, then you'll love this film. Basically, choices that you make today will affect your future/destiny.


Kinsey was a wonderful movie. Thanks to Kinsey for doing research on sexuality and presenting facts as well. If it weren't for him, I believe that we'll still be in the dark ages in regards to sexuality.

Nowadays, we're able to talk about sexuality and know that we're not alone about some experiences and conditions and other stuff.

I remember when I was a teenager, I came across Kinsey's book on sexuality and bought it. It was a relief, of some sort, to read up that other people went through the some of the experiences that I was going through.

For some reason, we think we're alone when experiencing something but we need assurance that other people are going through or went through the same thing. KT and I were watching a rerun of Desperate Housewives where Lynne was frustrated with her kids and thought that the other mothers were handling their kids with no stress. Susan and Bree were talking about their expereinces with motherhood and Lynne said "we need to tell each other these things".

Sexuality is one of those things that should be openly discussed without any discomfort or hesitation, among peers. You just might learn a thing or two.


I'm almost fully recovered from being sick. Well, I'm telling myself that I'll be well. Well, I hafta be well before we fly out to Texas this Friday for our vacation. We'll be in Austin and San Antonio. I just cannot wait to go!!

Perhaps, I'll be able to have that serious talk with my dad about some stuff. We just need to get some things cleared up between us so that I'll know where we stand.

Other than that, I'm looking forward to see friends and relatives. I'm looking forward to show KT some parts of San Antonio. Previously, we had flown to SA not to vacation but to see Mom and spend some time with her as she was dealing with cancer and then her death.

It's gonna be HOT! Whooo!

My cousin, Shirley, just emailed me saying that her longtime boyfriend finally proposed to her. Yay! I'm really excited for her. Can't wait to see her and get more details about this whole thing.

So, now you see....I can't be sick when I go to Texas. I gotta be well when we fly out. We got places to go and people to see!

Then, when we come back...we got another vacation, which will be our last before school starts.


ta ta for now...