Friday, April 29, 2005

Hannah's Trip to the City

Hannah, my precious family dog (a purebred AKC-certified Minature Schnauzer), made her first trip into the city with me.

Hannah's been to NYC before via my parents' car. But, she'd never really been around the city. So, last week, I brought her into the city with me on the train. Hannah's a fun, spunky, independent, well-trained and adventurous dog.

Hannah loved the train ride. She quickly figured out that whenever the train stopped and the doors opened people would come. She'd sit up and look while wagging that cute small tail of hers. As soon as the doors closed, she'd lie down again. Once we arrived at Grand Central, Hannah had her first yellow cab through Times Square. I opened the window so she could stick her head out and pant while taking in Times Square. There was even a sidewalk dancing performance. She wagged her tail even more when the cab stopped by that at a light. As soon as we got to my place, it was straight to the dog run park nearby for her to take care of her business. Naturally, although she's a female, she left few pee markings here and there on the way to/fro the park. Guess she had to leave her marks in the city. *ahem*

Hannah made herself right at home in the apartment. Kate and I took turns brushing her before I gave Hannah a bath. She was one dirty greaseball who turned into a happy nice-smelling furball.

Emma, my cat, stayed in the bedroom and hissed few times as Hannah innocently wagged her tail and panted. Emma let me hold her and walk around with Hannah following me at times.

Hannah and Emma first met when Emma was 6 weeks old and stayed at my parents' house for 2 weeks. (I went to Seattle for 2 weeks at that time.) I hoped that they'd "remember" each other.

Emma seemed to have an eye in the back of her head and always knew whenever Hannah was nearby. Hannah would shake sometimes as she tried to contain herself, wanting to come up to Emma but hearing Emma hiss or staring furiously at her few times.

Later on, Emma was able to just hang out on the cat post few feet away licking, curling, playing and purring. Wow. Her normal self but keeping that evil eye on Hannah. Hannah sat on the couch panting and watching Emma's every single move.

Tis paradise at home with my 2 beloved pets!

The next morning, Hannah had fun at the dog park again. She met another Minature Schnauzer. Played with a bunch of small dogs. Lucked out that all dogs were minature to standard sizes this morning. No toy dogs either. Will take Hannah with me to lunch with a friend. She's thrilled to meet her and to have lunch outside. Tis fun having a dog in the city for a bit.

Later, Hannah and I went to meet a friend in a park downtown for lunch. Afterwards, we took up our friend's idea of going to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty.

We sat on a bench facing the statue. Hannah enjoyed the constant breeze blowing through. Her ears raised like angel wings as she panted and wagged her tail. Later, I fed her some doritos. Ooops. :)

Then, we walked through battery park (the development area) up to the World Financial Center then caught a cab to the 23rd St Dog Run park (the one with these great hills, urban-style creek, overflowing water can, and logs). I enjoyed meeting other dog owners and their dogs there. Dog park folks are really friendly.

Hannah was tired after a while, so we took another cab to my home. She walked a lot today, so I thought a cab was appropriate for her. We stopped by the Clinton DeWitt dog run park quickly so she could take care of business.

Before we entered, a homeless man called Hannah over. I brought her over. They spent some time together. He was with a group of homeless folks. I recognized them. We have waved at each other sometimes (over the past 2-3 years), so I knew they're ok. The old man looked touched by Hannah.

Then, we went into the park. Unfortunately, a small bull-type dog viciously jumped onto Hannah and took her down as soon as Hannah entered. She came out of no where. The other dogs came up and barked etc. I tried to follow Hannah and that dog who were entwined in a ball as the dog kept on biting. I had a hard time following and keeping track of where Hannah was. I finally got ahold of Hannah. The other dog's owner took that dog away... then came over to check Hannah with me. Nice lady. She was very upset about her dog doing that. So, after seeing that Hannah was fine (amazing how Hannah didn't even have a bite mark or blood on her... just lots of sand and saliva crap! (Good thing mom cancelled the haircut appointment. Her long fur was probably all that that tiny vicious dog's teeth could get ahold of. They left the park not long after. Hannah was shooken. I took her to the other side of the park away from the other dogs... later, she got down on the ground then started to join the dogs. Whew. That's my Hannah! :) She's sleeping now. Awww. Long day for her.

By the time Hannah left the next morning, Hannah was ready to be Emma's lover, as a friend put it. Emma, my cat, was still cautious of Hannah although they made some nose-to-nose contacts. Emma would swish out her paws if Hannah ever came up from behind. But, if Hannah came up to Emma's face, ok. That was an improvement from Emma staring out from under the bed then later on the bed staring. By the time Hannah and I were to head back to CT, Emma and Hannah were walking in close proximity and meeting each other to sniff each other's noses like nose kisses. Awww! Wish Hannah stayed few more days so they'd become fast friends! Pretty good progress for a cat and a dog who lived together for 1 1/2 days!

I'm going to bring Hannah again. That's for sure! Next time, she's going to meet few more friends and go check out few new dog run parks such as the one at Washington Square and Tompkins Square Park. If you know of other good dog runs, let me know!


My first jump was at Skydive Snohomish (Harvey Airfield) in Snohomish, WA in 1998 with a friend. I will never ever forget this experience. We went the highest we could before jumping out of a tiny airplane. While free-falling, I could see Puget Sound, the mountains, the thumb of Washington and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Then, there was popping the parachute. Whee! It was fun navigating the parachute before landing. I had a rough landing since a wind picked up just as we were approaching the landing spot. The feeling I experienced during and afterwards was amazing and wordless. The energy was exhilarating. Since then, I've always wanted to jump again.

I've come across the US Deaf Skydiving Assn. I got in touch with them and got info about drop zones near NYC from John Woo. The people at the association are great and friendly. They're resourceful. After I do few more jumps, I'd like to jump with them.

(Skydive Cross Keys, South/Central NJ)
New England: (Mass) (Mass) (Maine)

I would like to go through training to become a licensed skydiver.

I was also informed that I can go to in the Skydivers With Disabilities discussion forum. Register for free, get a screen name and a password, and jump in with other jumpers! There are lots of forums with plenty of good information, as well as a list of drop zones.

I've already joined the Deaf Jumpers email list for announcements/e-news regarding activities.

Now, would anyone be interested in skydiving with me?

Cherry Blossom Festival

Here's the link to for the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival ( April 30 & May 1):

You can also check the Blossom Map to see how they are coming along:

The lilac orchards are in full bloom at the same time as the cherry trees. According to Meri, "the smell is absolutely intoxicating!!!" She advised to keep an eye on the bloom map and to go sometimes next week or the week after.






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New Home

Grandmommy lives in a new home: Jewish Home for the Elderly. She has lived there for nearly 2 weeks now, and she is adjusting quite well. She's already joined few classes/activities: cooking, arts & craft, exercise, et al. She's even joking about becoming Jewish after participating in her first Pesach services and celebration. (Pesach - Passover). Every time I see my grandmother or talk with her on the phone, she keeps on telling me that she really liked Jewish people and how nice the people were at her new home. It's a really nice place. It doesn't have a nursing home feeling to it. In fact, it's almost like a hotel. Grandmommy has a companion (volunteer) who visits her nearly every day to help with the transition to living in a new environment. People with Alzheimers have greater difficulty handling changes in routines. The new place has been very respectful of her independence, choices and the routine she's used to. They're very accomodating. Grandmommy has adjusted quite well to the slightly different yet consistent daily structure and schedule. I feel good knowing that she's adjusting to a new place, a new place that everyone in my family likes. The workers are friendly. The social worker checks in with my parents on a regular basis as well as gives updates on how Grandmommy is doing. I call Grandmommy at least every 2 days. I'm happy to have shorter and shorter phone calls with her because she has an activity to go to or someone visiting her. Shows she's being more productive again. She doesn't need to deal with the stress of going to doctors' offices, remembering to take her medicine, throwing out her medicine, buying groceries (which she often forgot or would throw out or consume in one sitting and forget she already ate), et al. All of her basic needs are taken care of. All she needs to do is focus on grooming herself, dressing herself and participating in daily activities and community meals. Nice peace of mind.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Did I Tell You?

Did I tell you that on Saturday, while buying coke at the deli downstairs, a man asked me to fill out a lottery form with numbers. I said sure and proceeded to do it. Then, he said, "If this ticket win, we split half half and you'll have to marry me." I said, " No thank you." He tried to give me the ticket. I politely declined and said a strong NO. There was a cop and business woman behind me. Both were laughing and smirking. I just walked past the guy as he proceeded to repeat and plead with me. Later, I saw the cop and woman on the street, and we just broke out into laughter. Funny.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Dating in the Sea

It's fun dating in the sea. You know how people say that there are "plenty of fish out there" in the sea when discussing finding someone to date or finding a partner. For me, there are plenty of fish out there in the sea to frolick with, meet and swim with for fun.

Right now, the last thing I want or need is a partner or girlfriend. No commitment. No strings. No anchors holding me to the sea bottom. I'm still dating me, myself, and I.

I like to think I'm like a dolphin. I am free to swim and play. I am greatly enjoying my independence, freedom and being single. I don't feel "single" in that sense or lonely at all. I just feel free to be me, myself and I without being held down or living under a rock or stuck in a bay. I am enjoying truly living life in different ways.

The Sea of Life has so much to offer, and I'm having an adventure now exploring what the sea offers.

Regardless of not wanting commitment of any nature or strings, this doesn't stop me from having fun dating in the sea. I've gone out on dates with women now and then. They know that these dates are not leading to serial dating, commitment, or potential girlfriendship. I communicate that very clearly with them. And, it's been fun dating "different single female fish in the sea." There are so many beautiful women out there with beautiful hearts and souls. I enjoy meeting and spending time with them - be it out to eat, going for a walk, doing an activity, or seeing a movie. I enjoy getting to know them. I enjoy getting to know people in general. People have so much to offer in life, and they often bring light or awareness to things that life has to offer - things I can learn, savor, explore and enjoy.

It sure is fun being out roaming in the sea just enjoying life and truly being alive, free to swim where my heart and soul desires.

Sally Koch

I have no idea who Sally Koch is. But, she had a great quote passed on to me by a friend.

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

There are always opportunities every day for us to help others. I'd rather be rich in my heart than financially rich, richness coming from the rewards of helping others.

Awww, Roses!

Awww, roses! A sweet friend of mine sent me an email with roses for me. I'd like to share it with you. I cannot copy and paste the pictures here, but here are the roses I'd like to share with you. Here's a rose from me to you for:

- Unconditional Love
- Financial Wealth
- Everlasting Happiness
- Success
- Knowledge
- Beauty, Inner and Outer
- Family
- Honesty
- A Long and Healthy Life

Kiss Me, Miss Sun!

I was gently kissed by Miss Sun on Thursday while walking uptown with Hannah, my beloved family dog, from Battery Park. I am pleased with the light tint on my skin. I want more slow kissing from Miss Sun this spring and summer. I love having color. Kiss me nice and slowly, Miss Sun.

The Sponge is Back!

I'm all for women being well-informed about options they have for how to practice safer sex as well as contraceptions available on the market. I was thrilled to read that the sponge is back! I remember how popular its usage and availability was for my straight classmates and roommates during high school years. I never realized it was off the market for nearly 10 years. (I never had a need for it, being a lesbian myself. So, naturally, I never noticed its absence.)

On another note, I thought it was so chauvinistic that they decided not to upgrade it. Such a lame excuse to cite $ reasons. If it had been a contraceptive for men, they would have not thought twice about putting money into upgrading it and getting the newer version to market.

Read on.


Contraceptive Sponge to Return to Market

TRENTON, N.J. (April 22) - The Today Sponge contraceptive, pulled from the market a decade ago, will soon be back in U.S. stores after receiving regulatory approval.

The sponge was a favorite nonprescription birth control product of women when it was withdrawn.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved U.S. sales of the sponge, which was a popular nonprescription birth control product among women when it was withdrawn from the market in 1995.

The polyurethane sponges, which have been sold by manufacturer Allendale Pharmaceuticals in Canada and over the Internet since March 2003, will be available in the U.S. in two months through a company Web site and in four months at retail drug stores, followed by discount stores such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Allendale bought rights to sell the Today Sponge several years ago from the prior manufacturer, Wyeth Co. of Madison. Wyeth, then called American Home Products, had stopped making the sponge rather than upgrade its Hammonton manufacturing plant after FDA found deficiencies there, even though the device's effectiveness and safety were never questioned.

''I'm overwhelmed,'' Gene Detroyer, president and chief executive officer of Allendale Pharmaceuticals, told The Associated Press. ''I am pleased both from a business point of view ... and from the point of view that we can add another contraceptive for women.''

FDA spokeswoman Susan Cruzan confirmed the approval, saying ''The product was found to be safe and effective.''

The Today Sponge, a soft, concave device, prevents pregnancy by covering the cervix and releasing spermicide. Roughly 250 million sponges were sold from 1983 to 1995.

While it was less effective than several other methods and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, the sponge achieved a wide following among women who saw advantages from spontaneity to wide availability.

The product's 1995 withdrawal sparked a hilarious sendoff on the sitcom ''Seinfeld,'' in which character Elaine Benes coined the term ''spongeworthy.'' Like many real women, Elaine scoured pharmacies until she found a case of her favorite birth control. She then stretched her supply by setting ''spongeworthy'' standards for prospective lovers.

In Canada, where the original Today Sponge was only on the market about 18 months, more than 400,000 sponges have been sold through retail outlets and Internet sites - without any advertising - since they were approved for sale there two years ago.

Detroyer plans an advertising campaign for the U.S. market and expects sales to jump to 10 million to 15 million sponges in the first 12 months. That's the current production limit of the company's factory in Norwich, N.Y., but the company has plans to double that.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Recommendations: Art Supply Stores

New York Central Art Supply Inc.
62 3rd Ave

Lee's Art Shop Inc
220 W 57th St

308 Canal Street

School of Visual Arts - Pearl Paint
209 East 23rd Street

University Student Supply
1201 Amsterdam Avenue

Utrecht Art Supplies
111 4th Avenue

Thursday, April 21, 2005

I Concede!

I concede... to my fingernails!

My nails were well trimmed and cared for over the past few weeks as I tried to grow them out with an attractive curve shape. I was successful. Now, I remember why I like to keep my nails shorter. There's much less maintenance, less dirt getting under the nails, and reduced likelihood of accidentially bending your nails backward when you accidentially fall or swing your nails someplace. Ouch!

Excuse me for a moment, please.

Now clipping my nails.

Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip.Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip.


The concession is over with!

My Body is a Bruiseland

You know what? I was wrong the other day about my body being a wonderland. It's actually a bruiseland.

My body bruiseland is quite colorful and in various stages of healing. I've been tripping a lot these days as usual. Earlier today, I tripped while going up a marble staircase. Didn't see the first step, and I just fell smash into the staircase. Ow! Now, it's nicely decorated with a belt of thick purple bruise above my knee with few knots to boot. Talk about natural body jewelry.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

New Pope!

New pope! Name Joseph Ratziner.

Is he going to zing the rats out of the religious institution?

A quick overview from

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany today was elected the 265th pontiff by the College of Cardinals. Ratzinger, who took the name Benedict XVI, appeared on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica to deliver his first papal blessing. "Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me -- a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord," he said.

Will read more about the new pope later tonight.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Kate's Famous!


Check out my famous roommate! She was "published" in SIGNews! :) Stumbled across her picture while looking for another article at

Here's the link to see our famous fellow New Yorker in an article written by another New Yorker, Kathleen DeLorenzo:

P.S. Kate - please forgive me for posting this. :)

No Salmon in Dasani's Water

What's up with Dasani's latest commercial? They have this person dressed up in an elementary-school type bear costume with his face painted on, holding a Dasani bottle and talking about how there's no Salmon in Dasani water. Since when did we start caring about the fish that swam in the water before it was bottled for us to drink?

*news flash*

Living creatures have been residing in water for eons. So, why should it matter now that we need to know that there weren't any salmons swimming in the water source before being bottled for Dasani? What if there were trouts instead? or even tadpoles?


Get a grip.

Fire that ad agency and get a new commercial storyline to sell Dasani.

Word of the Day: Catharsis

I'm going to borrow this term from a fellow and say, "I'm a word whore." Although I know what words mean when they come up, I love looking them up in the dictionary anyway for the precise definition to enjoy the beauty of these words.

Many of us have been doing spring cleaning lately now that Spring is here. Spring cleaning can mean many different things - cleaning out your bedroom, your apartment, thoughts, errand list, personal issues, cobwebs, or your closet. Cathartic spring cleaning can be literal or figurtive; it can be of a materialistic, psychological, emotional, spiritual, medical, artistic or philosophical nature.

Here are the definitions for catharsis & cathartic. I love these words.

(bang the Gallaudet Bison drumroll, please)


* A purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions, especially pity and fear, described by Aristotle as an effect of tragic drama on its audience.

* A release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit.

* (Psychology) A technique used to relieve tension and anxiety by bringing repressed feelings and fears to consciousness; the therapeutic result of this process; abreaction.

* Elimination of a complex by bringing it to consciousness and affording it expression —compare

* (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

* purging the body by the use of a cathartic to stimulate evacuation of the bowels


* emotionally purging

* releasing

* purgative (medically, an agent for purging the bowels, especially a laxative)

With Sincerest Apologies

Yesterday, Kate opened the door on her way out. She stopped in her tracks as she saw a big pot of flowers and a card. I happened to be in the hallway seeing her off after chatting as she walked down the hallway to the door.

My heart melted, and I immediately aaawed. We were pleasantly surprised. The envelope was addressed "To Apt. 4-E With Sincerest Apologies."

Inside, the card cover was a peace card. It contained illustrations for the following:

- illumination (candle)
- humanity (long leaf)
- courage (rooster)
- wisdom (book)
- evidence of good faith (glove/hand)
- hope (flowers and berries)
- peace (dove with an olive branch in its beak)

Inisde the card itself was this message:

Dear Neighbors-

Please accept these flowers and this note as an apology and assurance that we will do our absolute best to not disturb you in the future. We gravely apologize for the past and want a good relationship with our neighbors. If there is anything else we can do to make this up to you - please do not hesitate to ask.

Your neighbor at 5R

Aww! We agreed to invite them over for appetizers and drinks. It's a matter of when to go up and personally ask them over.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Dog Show

Delightfully watched a dog show on TV last night. They showed excellent dogs of different breeds. I was thrilled when the beautiful Sealyham Terrier dog won the Best of the Show award. The dog had been showing for only 3 weeks, and it already won this soon! Such a honor, especially amongst the other 6 notable distinguished award-winning show dogs who were up for this award.

I am personally biased toward favoring certain groups such as the terrier group. I enjoyed the Manchester Terrier, Silky Terrier, Schnauzer and so on.

I have issues with the toy dog group. This manifested when I moved to NYC. Please do not get me wrong here. I LOVE dogs. My heart melts whenever I meet a dog of any size and look into her/his eyes. However, from a distance, I become prejudiced toward most toy-sized dogs and/or sometimes their owners. I cringe whenever I see how some people treat these dogs as as accessories or extensions of themselves in a narcissitic way. Some people use toy dogs as "ego-bandaids" instead of as pets in the true pet owner sense. In turn, these dogs become codependent with their owners in what seems to be an unhealthy way. These dogs are so innocent. So, I have an issue with people who foster unhealthy codependent relationships with their toy dogs. For instance, I've seen one being seated on her owner's breasts in a fancy car on FDR. Also, I hate to say this but some of them are rather weird looking while others are gorgeous. (This goes for ALL groups.)For example, the Brussel Griffon looks like a pumpkin head ball with its breed-appropriate haircut. It's so innocent yet it looks like a pumpkin. Poor thing. The innocent Smooth-Coat Chihuahua looked like a scared cat knowing a hawk was about to swoop it up with its talons.
A dog show commentator stated that the Papillon "often has a reputation of being delicate lap dogs." Sigh. Such delicate tiny dogs that might as well be glass figurines that break easily. Poor delicate creatures. The tiny Pug was so cute. It had a smushed up Shar Pei looking face yet such a strong sturdy body and great personality. The Pomeranian looked like a furball (which it literally is). These Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are beautiful and graceful. The Chinese Crested dog is gorgeous. It's shaved naked save for exquisite exhibition of long hair in its face (like long classic bangs), legs and tail. Nonetheless, most of these toy dogs are tough, tougher than they look. I can go on and on about Toy Dogs and other breeds groups. I'll spare you further details now.

I am ashamed to admit that whenever I see the Toy Dog group about to start showing, I think "Football Touchdown Time!" I have such guilt for having these thoughts. As I said earlier, this manifested after moving to NYC and living here long enough to develop biases toward toy dogs. I've walked many sidewalks along toy dogs and their owners. They're so tiny that I fear accidentially stepping on them or unknowingly kicking them off like footballs while strolling down the street. Sometimes it's hard enough walking down these sidewalks trying to avoid bumping into people, let alone tiny dogs who walk out of your view and sometimes inadvertently run in between your legs. I've accidentially stepped on few poor toy dogs' feet, and my body cringed in pain and fear as I look down to make sure the dog is okay. I just hate that feeling of stepping on a dog or a living creature, not knowing it was there and not wanting to do any harm at all, let alone break tiny delicate bones. I always apologize profusely to the dog owner. I always fear accidentially stepping on a toy dog or kicking one off like kicking for a touchdown.

I've rambled on long enough about dogs. My friend just woke up, and we are going to get ready to go out for brunch soon.

Enjoy this glorious Sunday!

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Dear Apt #5R Residents....

Had a close call earlier this evening. I got up from the couch and put down my laptop before going into the kitchen. I'd been feeling some heavy banging and music from upstairs for a while. It felt as if someone was jumping and dancing quite enthusiastically.

I felt the constant banging as I walked around the kitchen and came to a stop as soon as I stepped into the living room.

Before me was a wide spread of broken glass. I looked up to see the bare lightbulbs exposed. Looked down at the broken glass pieces as my jaw slowly dropped in amazement.

Glass was shrewn all over the floor, and few made its way onto the couch and onto my laptop. I had been sitting there just few minutes ago. What a close call.

I slowly turned and walked to Kate's bedroom door. I turned my head as I stuck my arm through and waved to get her attention. Nothing. Slowly turned to peer into her room. She was curled up in bed reading a book. Gently tapped her, but hard enough to not scare her as if a ghost stroked her arm. I told her what happened and to come see what was in the living room.

We both shook our heads.

Later, Kate came in with the glass pieces in a plastic bag and a letter for me to read. I read it and laughed. Added a P.S. line. Kate went upstairs and quietly taped the letter to the door and hung the bag on the doorknob.

Dear #5R Residents-

Several moments ago, our living room light fixture crashed to the floor. Prior to that, there were loud bangings.

We have been very tolerant of your thumping music, jumping, stomping and bad singing.

We did not complain out of respect and space. The loosening of the ceiling lamp is the last straw.

Here is the token of our request for you to minimize the thumping music, stomping and bad singing.

Best regards,
#4R residents (2 deaf and one hearing)

P.S. No hard feelings. Please continue to have fun with lower sounds and resonating vibrations. After all, this is an old building.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Body Insurance, Anyone, for my Wonderland?

Argh! Need to insure my body. How can I find out about insuring my body like these celebrities and workers do?

Tripped and fell once again yesterday. *sigh* Nothing new. Sore once again. Body's a small bruise mural once again. Reunited with my best friend, known as Advil. Glad I woke up this morning.

I might as well get one of these outfits from that puffy wrestling game thing - where people get into extra padded outfits and knock each other down like Mr. Pillsbury at war with his twin. I'll wear that until I get my body insured. In case anything happens, the policy money will go to my brother.

John Mayer's "Your Body is a Wonderland" song is now stuck on "replay" in my head.... your body is a wonderland... your body is a wonderland... quite a wonderland, it is.. indeed... with all these bruises and ouchies. Argh!

Life goes on.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Union Square Recycling Event

Cool way to get a headstart on your spring cleaning and get rid of some stuff.

I'll be dropping off my old expired monitor and computer. What a great way to get rid of your old wyndtells and cellphones, etc in an ecological way.



Got this from the Metro Society forum at NYU.

Dear Recyclers,

The Lower East Side Ecology Center invites you to celebrate Earth day on

Sunday, April 17, 2005 at Union Square Park - North Plaza by bringing your obsolete electronic equipment for recycling.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. we will accept:

Working & non working
Computers (laptops, desktops)
Network devices (routers, hubs,modems)
peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables)
TV's, VCR's, DVD Players
Cell Phones, pagers, PDA's

Afternoon Children Activities:

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Live Music with Audra Tsanos & Her All Star Band

1p.m.. to 3 p.m. The American Museum of Natural History - Moveable Museum Discovering the Universe

12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bicycle Clinic with Recycle A Bicycle

Face painting with Agostino Arts

Petting zoo - Eily Hushour from Patches of Star

Pony Rides with the Bronx Equestrian Center

Red wiggler Worms & Composting

Solar Car Demonstration with Solar I

We like to thank the New York Community Trust for their support of our computer recycling program, and Con Edison for sponsoring the afternoon activities.

For more information please contact the Lower East Side Ecology Center by visiting or call 212.477.4022

Technology, Stay Out! Have Some Limits!

Technology as we know it today continues to evolve and advance rapidly. It has advanced to the point where people are finding ways to use it with our bodies such as identification (fingerprinting) and medical diagnostic procedures.

Where does that delicate fine line between technological use for benefit of humankind and invasion lie? Which advancements are essential or beneficial? Which ones are intellectuals' exploring playground and pushing technology to the edge across that fine line?

A friend sent me this article. I thought it was a ridiculous advancement and somewhat amusing. This pushes technology over the edge in the wrong direction. Talk about a waste of time and money following through on this. Some things should stay out of our bodies and be left natural. Technology can be used in other ways with better purposes. Just imagine how scientists may start to think about tinkering with deaf people and "cure them" somehow, according to the way some people out there think. As someone else said in response to this article, some schizophrenics already think this is happening. This challenges reality testing. What's real and what's delusional or hallucinational? Poor deaf schizophrenics or deaf people who may happen to use this technology in the future may start to have their reality testing challenged. For those of us with good strong reality testing, this may come across as "cool! far-fetched" as another friend said. Technological advancements can be cool. Yet, it may not be cool for some people with compromised reality testing.

Here is the article for your review. Before you begin read, ask Scotty to "beam me up" for an enlightening reading journey. (Note: This is sarcasm. My reality testing is fine. I personally think this advancement and innocation is amazing yet ridiculous and non-essential. Thank you.)

Sony aims to beam sights, sounds into brain

Thursday, April 7, 2005 Posted: 1:43 PM EDT (1743 GMT)

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- If you think video games are engrossing now, just wait: PlayStation maker Sony Corp. has been granted a patent for beaming sensory information directly into the brain.

The technique could one day be used to create video games in which you can smell, taste, and touch, or to help people who are blind or deaf.

The U.S. patent, granted to Sony researcher Thomas Dawson, describes a technique for aiming ultrasonic pulses at specific areas of the brain to induce "sensory experiences" such as smells, sounds and images.

"The pulsed ultrasonic signal alters the neural timing in the cortex," the patent states. "No invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live and/or recorded images or hear sounds."

According to New Scientist magazine, the first to report on the patent, Sony's technique could be an improvement over an existing non-surgical method known as transcranial magnetic stimulation. This activates nerves using rapidly changing magnetic fields, but cannot be focused on small groups of brain cells.

Niels Birbaumer, a neuroscientist at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, told New Scientist he had looked at the Sony patent and "found it plausible." Birbaumer himself has developed a device that enables disabled people to communicate by reading their brain waves.

A Sony Electronics spokeswoman told the magazine that no experiments had been conducted, and that the patent "was based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us."

Hobo Bags

I seriously cannot wait until these horrendous hobo bags go out of style. They're just terrible to look at and not stylish or tasteful. The knockoffs are even worse. There are more gorgeous purse and bag styles out there.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability

Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Disability on the occasion of International Womenís Day March 8, 2005

Over the past 10 years, since the Fourth World Conference for Women, Beijing 1995, countries have made tremendous strides in the area of womenís development and womenís rights. A review of the activities for this period reveals a number of country strategies and national action plans that have dealt with the 12 ìcritical areas of concernî regarding womenís lives, health, safety, employment and rights.

In 2000 the Millennium Development Goals reiterated the most critical areas relating to girls and women, namely literacy and education, poverty and health. Once again countries expressed commitment to the Goals and their intention to meet them by 2015.

The achievements of women in the past ten years have been impressive; from increased participation in politics and other areas of public life to higher enrolment rates of girls in education. Even in developing countries women have gained status and rights.

These are achievements to be celebrated. They are also achievements that bode well for the future. However, on the occasion of International Womenís Day, I am compelled to share what I have gleaned from my observations and experiences reviewing the situation of persons with disabilities and my work on monitoring the implementation of the Standard Rules.

In most countries of the world, and not exclusively in developing countries, women with disabilities have yet to be considered part of the general population when it comes to rights and development.

The 12 areas of critical concern of the Beijing Platform for Action does not mention the women with disabilitiesthe most vulnerable of the female population in any given country, society or community. The same invisibility that afflicts disabled women at the level of local and national communities, also plagues them when it comes to the international, national and community development agenda.

One of the most dismaying discoveries I have made in the past year, was that UNIFEMan organization concerned with advancement of women and dealing with all aspects of womenís rightshas no programmes dealing with the rights, needs, issues of women with disabilities.

Girls and women, despite the advancements they have made, still suffer discrimination, violence, deprivation, abject poverty, inadequate health care, poor education and fewer opportunities for participation in all aspects of social and public life than boys and men. In the same way, persons with disabilities generally, suffer equally from discrimination, deprivation and denial of opportunities.

It is therefore, not surprising to know that girls and women with disabilities suffer the discrimination of being women and of being disabled, in many developing countries, of being poor and thus marginalized.

In that context, it is important that women with disabilities, their rights, their issues and their needs be given their rightful place on the development agendas of international, regional and bilateral organizations, as well as womenís organizations from which they have been almost nearly absent.

The following brief points, summarize the situation of girls and women with disabilities in their own countries and in vis a vis the development agenda:

1. Despite their significant numbers, women and girls with disabilities, especially in the developing countries, remain hidden and silent, their concerns unknown and their rights unrecognized;

2. Throughout the developing world, in urban and rural communities alike, they face triple discrimination - because of their disabilities, being female and poor;

3. Studies on women with disabilities in rural areas of many countries have found that more than 80 percent of women with disabilities have no independent means of livelihood, and are totally dependant on others for their very existence;

4. UNICEF has reported that women and children receive less than 20 percent of rehabilitation services;

5. Disabled women are less likely than men to make use of many social services;

6. The problems that confront women with disabilities are even more severe in the rural areas due to lack of information, awareness, education, income, and result in extreme isolation and invisibility;

7. CEDAW is a human rights treaty, which seeks to promote equality for women with men, but lacks a clear disability perspective. Therefore, the State signatories to the treaty do not consider discrimination against and violations to the rights of girls and women with disabilities;

Therefore, and based on all the above, I would like make the following recommendation:

1. Development, international and bi-lateral organizations should recognize the specificities of the issues of girls and women with disabilities;

2. Bi-lateral and development organizations should encourage, help and fund the design and implementation of National Plans of Actions, that would include the elements of CEDAW and the Beijing Platform while referring to the specific needs of women with disabilities;

3. Development organizations along with governments should conduct public awareness raising campaigns to counter the effects of discrimination, isolation and marginalization of women with disabilities;

4. Development organizations and governments in developing countries should ensure that girls and women have the same right to an adequate standard of living, including nutrition, clean water, sanitation, health care and safe shelter;

5. Girls and women with disabilities be guaranteed the right to life and survival should include early identification and intervention, and information, rehabilitation and support services;

6. Governments, social structures, communities and families should ensure that girls and women with disabilities are free of all forms of violence and abuse including emotional, physical, psychological and gender-based violence such as sexual interference, assault and rape, forced sterilization, forced marriage and isolation.

7. Information and communication should recognize the special and particular needs of girls and women as well as alternative and accessible means of communication;

8. Family rights should ensure right to marriage and family;

9. Governments and employers should uphold the right of women work and present the opportunity for access to various occupations and fair compensation;

10. Women and girls with disabilities should have equal protection of law.

11. The International, Comprehensive and Integral Convention to Protect and Promote the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, needs to take into consideration the double and triple forms of discrimination that girls and women disabilities suffer and make allowances for their protection;

On the occasion of International Womenís Day this year, I would like to urge all national, regional and international organizations to mainstream the issues of women with disabilities on their development agendas in the same way as gender issues have been mainstreamed. At this time of review, when we are reviewing the international commitments made in Beijing and Copenhagen it is an ideal time to add the issues of women with disabilities onto the international development agenda, and take their needs and requirements into consideration.

Courtesy of Kaybee. Thanks, Kaybee, for passing this on.

Deaf DJ Movie

There's an upcoming movie about a deaf DJ. I'm not kidding. Kaybee gave me the heads up by shoving p. 66 of the Village Voice in my face and pointed. I looked around and realized it was a movie about a Deaf DJ: It's All Gone Pete Tong: The Legend of Frankie Wilde, the Deaf DJ.

Who's Frankie Wilde? How "deaf" or "Deaf" is he? Mmm... and what kind of legend did he leave behind?

UK 1871 Census

Check out the above census. I googled my name to see what was floating around the internet re. my name. I also found few others with the same namesake. There's a SP who is an accomplished athlete. Another namesake works in Bulgaria doing goodwill work. Another one is a teacher in the hicks. There's even one who seems to be a public officer. One is even a trained professional dancer who is currently with a Latina company. Cool.

Back to the website I mentioned above. I looked up my namesake there. I noticed one interesting thing. Can you tell me what's interesting about it? Hint: It is a column category. Do we still do this today?

Delete the Trash in Your Life

Sometimes, it's really amazing how some people just don't get a clue.

Sometimes in life, we need to delete the trash in our lives. Some people IM/email too much online without getting a clue that a no is a no or that the interest isn't mutual. Sometimes people meet in person at a social function and say the same lines as if they were pressing a record player:

"Hi, I haven't seen you in a while."

"Oh, yes." (smiling)

"We've got to get together soon."

"I know. My schedule is really busy. I'll get in touch with you when I have some free time."

Don't get me wrong. Few people genuinely say these things and truly are interested in getting together. Sometimes life in NYC can be hectic. The timing just isn't right. We'd find different ways to express our genuine interest. But, if this has been going on for at least few years, get a clue and move on.

Those who truly are interested will make the effort to get in touch and communicate their genuine interest. One can only ask too many times before finally getting a clue or realizing that the person is being polite.

Some people go so low online to see if a person is blocking her or if that the person already read her email and hasn't replied. Some people are genuine while others are hypocrites or who I call fakie hokies. I am not a fan of someone who is a fakey hokey with people on a regular basis. I admit I am one sometimes with some people who just don't get a clue. I don't waste my time with them. I move on. There is no need to pick up or accumulate their negativity, desperateness, or anything. I simply delete their emails or block them. Or, in person, I am diplomatic and move on.

I simply block out the negativity and people who are not true to me or who don't know how to relate on a two-way street. I don't let them get to me. Only that person knows what's best for herself and decides for herself. This helps them be more authentic and give themselves room to grow and be more genuine.

If a person doesn't like the boundaries you've consistently set up, let her be like silly chicken running around with no head, trying incessantly. It's them wasting their energy. No need to waste your energy partaking in this.

These trash are like sewage clogging up your lines. Sometimes we need to detoxify ourselves by declogging and cleaning out these trash. Detoxification a great way to help us keep on staying positive and authentic.

Delete the trash in your life.

We have a right to have peace and use our energies in life more productively and efficiently, allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We have people in our lives who are positive, supportive, non-toxic, healthy and balanced. These people will know when you need time to yourself, what is going on in your life, what your needs are, et al; the same goes for you knowing about them and where they stand. The communication is mutual and on a two-way street with regular sidewalk and street cleaning because we both want to keep the street in good shape and condition. Walk on and live with dignity.

What Us Fatties Like

Who decides what us fatties like to wear? Yes, it's okay for me to utter the word "fattie." I don't mean this in a derogatory manner. I own my fatness, and I am fat.

I've got a question. Who decides what us fatties like to wear or can shop for? It's really amazing what some of these stores geared for "women," "plus-size," and "fuller figured" fat consumers carry in their stores. The word amazing is an understatement. Some of the clothes are made to the recurrent cookie-cutter pattern of tall apple-shaped women. Some are made for clubbers who barely wear anything and distastefully let things hang out in the wrong places when there are other assests to highlight. There are great patterns with terrible fabric that make you sweat and make stereotypes about fatties sweating like pigs a reality. Don't get me wrong. There are some great clothing lines out there. It's just far few and in between. You truly have to hunt all over for these. Once you find them, you pray that the company or line keeps these or stay along these lines. Also, some companies carry fuller-figured sizes only in catalogs or online. These pictures are sometimes not clear enough or give you a true sense of how the clothes fit and fall on your body. They pin the clothes on "full figured" models who are still thin and unlike our bodies. I want to see these clothes on models with real curves and figures. Gives me a better sense of how these clothes truly fit or might fit on me. And, have you seen what they offer in these catalogs for us fatties? Many are geared toward older women or women who are fashion-challenged. I cannot tell you how many times I've come across a great clothing piece only to be disappointed when I check the sizes available and see that they don't carry these in fuller figure sizes. Who thinks I want to dress like a grandmother, a stay-at-home and watch-tv suburban mother, or someone who doesn't care about how much she deserves and feels great in tasteful and fashionable clothes. And, not to mention, these that finally give me a fashion orgasm happen to fall into high-end lines and are beyond my means. I obviously have issues with fashion merchandising for fatties. That's a given. And, it's okay to laugh. I'm saying this with a good sense of humor as if I'm a stand-up comedian on stage venting about the serious crisis of fashion for full-figured women, aka fatties.

Laugh on, it's okay.


Seriously, I want some good clothes for us younger fatties and full-figured beauties. I am not spending a dime on something geared toward older fatties. Sometimes, I look through catalogs and let out an exclamation when I look at the size offering. I think, "Fuck you, you thinnies. Don't fatties like us like these stuff too?"

My roommate laughs and goes "Nyah nyah. We thinnies got it all."

"Damn all thees older lazy fatties who don't buy the good stuff and truly represent the market out there for us fashionable and younger fatties. "You have no idea how much you've got it all"

"Nyah, Nyah!"

"Well, at least I get better subway seats. Sometimes, I even get good plane seats. Nobody wants to sit next to a fattie. I can scoot and make as if I am taking over more space than I really am."

"Flaunt flaunt."

"I can make it look like a middle seat truly cannot be filled in by a skinnie. And, I end up sitting comfortably for the rest of the ride. Let them all skinnies and thinnies sit together."


"Phlt (smirking) At least you are a thinnie, not a skinnie or a twinkie."

"And you aint so bad yerself. ga"


"ga!? phlt!"

That's how conversations go between my roommate and I. Tis fun to be two women living together in Manhattan, a thinnie and a fattie in their late 20s with fashion issues. Life goes on.

*drum beating on*

A Baker's Dozen Gallery Opening Reception

Attended an opening reception of A Baker's Dozen at the Ceres Gallery. Fotini Vurgarpulou, Sarah Bartow's partner, had work exhibited there. A Baker's Dozen was a collective of thirteen contemporary female artists, curated by Marjorie Vecchio. Several of other artists' pieces caught my attention. I didn't have the patience to look at the rest since it was so hot in the gallery that day.

The exhibit runs until April 26, I believe.

Ceres Gallery is located at 547 West 27th Street, Suite 201. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 12-6 PM.

I also stopped by another gallery, in a much cooler suite with better air circulation, on the same floor and was intrigued by few photographic portraits as well as an animated film. All pictures were taken in Japan. A friend and I talked with the curator (or whomever was overseeing the gallery) about the artists, the history behind these photos, and what our impressions of them were. I might go back again to look again.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Hailing A Cab

Earlier today, I raised my hand to hail a cab.

A guy inside an old car was driving down the street just as I raised my hand. He waved at me. I was puzzled about him waving at me. I immediately looked at his car license plate and realized he definitely was from out of state.

So, I waved back anyway. As the car passed, both guys waved again. Then I went on to hail a cab and got one. This doesn't happen often between strangers in NYC.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Dancing Away Obesity

Came across this article while reviewing It's nice to read that people are coming up with fun creative approaches to helping obese children lose weight and become healthier. However, this is just one puzzle piece in the entire picture on the child obesity epidemic in this country.

I remember childhood days when we were free to roam the sidewalks, walk around, ride bikes to places, play at many different parks and in backyards, try out different physical activities and sports, and so on. These days, there are fewer sidewalks outside of metropolitan cities. I see fewer playgrounds with less-challenging playground/fitness equipments. Parents are working more than ever, reducing time with their children to do physical activities together as a part of an active lifestyle. I can go on and on wondering outloud about this.

Here is the article.

Dancing away obesity

Study tries video dance game as weight-loss effort for kids

Monday, April 4, 2005 Posted: 12:38 PM EDT (1638 GMT)

CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- Like many other 11-year-old boys, K.D. Jones loves sports. But at 5 feet, 175 pounds, he found his weight and his asthma an obstacle.

His doctor wanted him to lose 50 pounds, and he is hoping a new health study using a video dance game will help him get down to 125 by the end of summer in time to play football.

Jones is one of 85 children in an at-home study trying the popular Dance Dance Revolution video game to boost their activity. The study is being done by West Virginia's public employees insurance group in hopes it will lead to better health and lower costs.

Jones lost about 10 pounds by changing his diet. Now, after two weeks playing the game, he has lost another 10.

"I feel a lot better," he said. "It's a lot easier to play basketball now."

His enthusiasm has his mother, who also struggles with her weight, giving the game a try.

"It's a lot of fun," Joyce Jones said. "But I can only do it about two times for every four times he does."

The West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency, which covers 215,000 state workers, teachers and their dependents, believes it is the first insurance provider to use the game to cut costs. Konami Digital Entertainment America, which distributes the Japanese game in the United States, knows of no other state or insurance agency using the game for its health benefits.

"Today's kids are tomorrow's members," said the insurance group's Nidia Henderson. "Obesity claims last year cost us $77 million. We have to curtail those costs."

The insurer is providing a game console, dance pad and software for the six-month, $60,000 study. West Virginia University is providing the medical screenings and tracking results.

The students, all children of PEIA-covered employees, are required to meet with researchers, play the game a prescribed amount of time, wear a pedometer and maintain a log. They get to keep the game software and pad.

So far, about a dozen kids have started playing the game. They will be re-evaluated after three months and again at the end of the study.

PEIA is also funding part of a two-year pilot project with the state Education Department to put the game in 20 schools for use in physical education and health classes. They hope children who play it at school will get their parents to buy it for home use.

In West Virginia, almost 43 percent of the nearly 6,000 children screened for heart disease risk were considered overweight or obese; more than 25 percent were obese.

"We are in a crisis in terms of childhood obesity not only in West Virginia but in America," said Linda Carson, a professor in WVU's School of Physical Education who is coordinating the study.

Prescreening tests on the overweight children have already raised concerns. Researchers expected to find problems with blood pressure and cholesterol, but they also found that blood flow to the arteries was being disrupted. The condition can lead to diabetes and heart disease.

Researchers at Syracuse University in New York also have been looking at the potential for improved cardiovascular and physiological effects among children using the game. And at Penn State, researchers are studying how much energy children use playing games like Dance Dance Revolution.

In West Virginia, Robrietta Lambert, a physical education teacher at Franklin Elementary in Pendleton County, believes she already knows what all the studies will find. She has been using the video game in her classes since last fall.

"It improves cardiovascular health as well as eye-hand coordination," Lambert said. "Kids who don't like other things bloom on this. If they don't like basketball, jumping rope or ball activities, they like this."

Players stand on a 3-foot-square metal mat with an arrow on each side -- pointing up, down, left and right. Arrows scroll up the television screen to the beat of more than 100 tunes chosen by the player. As an arrow moves across the screen, the player steps on the corresponding arrow on the platform. Hidden songs are uncovered as players improve their speed and scores.

Sounds easy enough, but throw in combinations of multiple arrows, add the quick speed at which veterans play, and the game is as challenging as an aerobics class. Most beginners are flushed in the face after one or two songs.

At Morgantown High School, one of the 20 pilot sites, curiosity about the flashing lights and upbeat music draw students inside Maxine Arbogast's health class. The game, which was first introduced as an arcade game in Japan, is attracting the sedentary and the seasoned athlete alike.

Senior Stephanie Bellman, 18, said she was already getting addicted after only a few days.

"I like how it creates a good mood," she said. "Even when you mess up you laugh."

Friday, April 01, 2005

Ms. Wheelchair' Loses Crown for Standing

'Ms. Wheelchair' Loses Crown for Standing
'We Can't Have Title Holders Out There Walking'

APPLETON, Wis. (April 1) - Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin has been stripped of her title because pageant officials say she can stand - and point to a newspaper picture as proof.
Janeal Lee, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a scooter, was snapped by The Post-Crescent newspaper standing among her high school math students. The photo was not an expose.

"I've been made to feel as if I can't represent the disabled citizens of Wisconsin because I'm not disabled enough," Lee said Thursday.

Lee, 30, of Appleton, had planned to go to the national pageant with her younger sister, who also has muscular dystrophy and won the competition in Minnesota.

Students at Kaukauna High School, where Lee teaches, raised $1,000 for her trip to the national pageant.

The move by the state pageant officials, led by coordinator Gina Hackel, is supported by the national board.

Candidates for the crown have to "mostly be seen in the public using their wheelchairs or scooters," said Judy Hoit, Ms. Wheelchair America's treasurer. "Otherwise you've got women who are in their wheelchairs all the time and they get offended if they see someone standing up. We can't have title holders out there walking when they're seen in the public."

Hackel said Lee should have been aware of the rules.

The crown now goes to first runner-up Michelle Kearney of Milwaukee, who will travel to New York in July for the national pageant.

04/01/05 06:36 EST