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Monday, July 23, 2007


In my previous post, I bitched about how Amazon.com had messed up my order for the HP7 book.

Well, I checked my other email address and discovered that I had actually pre-ordered a copy through BN.com. (That is, Barnes & Noble.)

But still, I get to bitch about not having my book on time. I was supposed to get it on Saturday, like Carrie was supposed to get hers. So, I decided to track the shipment. It's somewhere in some place or in some UPS truck in Landover.

Ugh! It's supposed to be in my hands last Saturday. I better get it today!

Good thing I saw this email because I was planning to stand in line at Barnes & Noble during my lunch hour. I found out yesterday that BN is expecting another shipment of HP7 today.

So, now, I have to wait all day to find out if I get my book in the mail or not.



Saturday, July 21, 2007

No Harry Potter 

That fuckin' sucks!

Carrie commented in my previous post that she got an email from Amazon.com that her Harry Potter 7 book was being prepared for shipping.

I was like "whaaaaa?" Cuz I didn't get that email.

However, the next day, I got an email telling me that the same book was being prepared for a friend that I had pre-ordered as his birthday gift.

I was like "whaaaaa?" Where's mine? I had pre-ordered mine first before ordering for a friend.

Apparently, Amazon.com misunderstood my order and made my copy as a gift for my friend.

Dumbfuck, Amazon!

So, now I don't have a copy! *wah*

So, I gotta go out and find a bookstore that even has any copies left.




Monday, July 16, 2007

HP5 & Transformers 

Well, last Friday, I was all excited because I was gonna go see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Initially, I wasn't planning to see it. I had checked, the night before, on Fomdi for any captioned showtimes of the movie and found nothing. However, a friend told me that there was one in Potomac Mills.

So, I thought, yes! So, KT & I had set up a plan to go see it.

We get there and met our friend there. Got to our seats and settled in. However, I started to get a sinking feeling that something was wrong like the movie wasn't captioned. I didn't see any other Deafies there. (You know by spotting anyone signing.) But then, I thought just how many people would be willing to drive out to Potomac Mills.

The movie starts and there was no captions. Arrrrgggghhhh! So, I walked out to get a manager. He explained that they do offer captions but it is RWC (Rear Window Captioning). Don't get me wrong, I don't mind RWC. However, with RWC, you have to come really early to get the best seating for the best view of the captions. The room was pretty much full when we seated ourselves down. In addition, I had already set myself up for captions on the screen, not on the goose-necked display panel.

So, we all walked out and got our money back and a couple of free passes.

KT mentioned that he noticed that Regal Cinemas are just about the only ones that offer open captions (such as the one in Chinatown). The others (such as AMC Theatres) do RWC. So, that's something to keep in mind.

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Optimus Prime & Bonecrusher speed-skating and battling each other on a highway.

We were informed by a friend about a captioned movie of Transformers in Chinatown on Sunday. Now, I grew up with the Transformers cartoons and toys. (By the way, as a kid, my favorite was Bumblebee. What was yours?) But, somehow, I wasn't thrilled about seeing the movie. I guess it was the trend of flops of those that were originally cartoons to "live" (such as Garfield).

Boy, I was IMPRESSED with Transformers! This was one of the best movies that I've seen this year. This is what you would call "action-packed". Plus, I don't think any one of us had expected it to be funny as well. If you haven't seen it, you gotta go.

I have to warn you that it is a long movie. When the movie was over, I left with a full bladder that threatened to burst. When a movie is really good, I don't leave the auditorium. So, get a kid-sized drink if you wanna the whole movie.

Also, it's been a LONG time since I've ever said about a movie that I wouldn't mind seeing again. With Transformers, I'd see it again.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting to see the Harry Potter movie. Plus, the last book of the series comes out this week!!!!!!!! *shrieks*



Tuesday, July 10, 2007


As much as KT & I would love to move to Austin next year, we know that anything can happen from now until then. We could end up staying and actually move in DC, rather than stay in Maryland. Or we could move elsewhere. So, while we're keeping our fingers crossed, we're keeping our minds open to other options.


Monday, July 09, 2007

Austin Vacation 

KT & I had a great vacation in Austin. It was mellow, which is exactly what we needed. Almost right after KT finished his first year of teaching at MSSD, we took off for Austin.

We landed in Austin in the late morning. Got ourselves a rental car, a Dodge Caliber. Nice car that's somewhat a smaller version of a Toyota Matrix. However, it is a gas guzzler.

Of course, the first person I had to see was one of my closest friends, Barbie. We met up for lunch along with her husband. It was so so so good to see her.

That night, we met up with some Deafies at Taco Cabana: Rosey, Brandy, Jillian (visiting from PA), LaDonna, Julie and her son, Ronlee. It was so good to see them.

Well, what do you know? It rained in Austin. In fact, it flooded in some areas outside of Austin. So, that meant that we couldn't go to Barton Creek Springs or Lake Travis because of the high levels of bacteria. So, we just went swimming at the community pool in Barbie's subdivision.

However, it was really nice to just relax with a couple of books. Catch up on stuff with Barbie. Eat out at cool places. Check out some places.

Over the weekend, KT & I drove down to San Antonio to see family and friends. Dad seems to doing ok with his wife in the Valley. My other relatives seems to be doing alright in their own ways.

I took KT to the zoo, which is totally different than I remembered as a kid. Isn't it fascinating how things seemed "cool" when you were a kid. But as you get older and return, you're like...what is all this crap?!?!

That night, we went out to the Riverwalk. It's such a great place to go people watching.

Our visit to San Antonio was short and sweet. I only went there just to see my grandmother who was put in a nursing home during Thanksgiving week. (I will blog about that another day.) Plus, I wanted to see my mom's grave.

Well, what can I say? The last time, KT & I went to Austin, we fell in love with it. This time, it only confirmed that we're still in love with Austin. So, guess what? We're thinking of relocating there next year in the summer. That is...if we can find a job. However, we do feel that it will happen. So, all goes well, it's gonna be a fun summer next year!

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