Thursday, June 26, 2008

Happy Thursday!

Hey Hey Hey! Howdy folks! How are you all doing?! I want to apologize for not getting those videos out! Over stream was down for almost a week and I was not able to upload, adding or view any videos or subtitle them. However they are working again and I already added two more videos! So patience, the videos ARE a coming, yes they are a coming!

I hope everyone read Abbie’s Blog about her chaos flying. Honest to god. I told her before got the flights booked, nothing would happen. I mean Hell, I have flown over 200 times, as she quoted me and nothing to that degree has ever happened to me before! I laughed, I cried, chuckled, and cursed the airlines, just knowing this only happens to Abbie and no one else. My word.

Now, because this happened to her, guess what. Oh yes, My flights are now going to be screwed…Sure enough I got a phone call from Great Lakes Airlines notifying me my flight from St. Louis back home was pushed backwards to 5:30pm departure. Instead of the 7:30pm departure I had previously booked online. Why is this bad? I am due to arrive into St. Louis from Seattle on American Airlines at EXACTLY 5:30pm. This is going to make me miss connect and miss my flight and force me to overnight in St. Louis. *sighs* Now under normal circumstances it is illegal for an airline to change their schedule and make you miss connect under the same itinerary, however because I booked these two flights as SEPARATE itineraries, each airline is not required, nor will they help accommodate me to find a place to stay overnight or fix it so I will not miss connect. It is not the airlines fault at all in this situation; I did this to myself by booking two separate reservations, but OY! This is going to be a royal pain in the BEHIND! I shall let you know how it goes when I do this trip!

Speaking of airline and aviation, I had decided NOT to accept the interview for the job I was checking out at Southwest Airlines. It was to time consuming for me to figure a time to do the interview. I also had family coming out of the country I had not seen in awhile and knew it would be one of the days the airline would schedule my interview. Plus I also have my trip to visit Geo and Jes and while I am sure the new position would have been flexible in letting me go on the trip, the idea of just starting a job then requesting time off to go on vacation in the middle of it all, ALSO did not appeal to me.

I also got back from the audiologist. I got my ears remolded so I can get new molds. I have not had a mold change since 2004. FOUR YEARS AGO!!! We discussed the digital hearing aids and such. I was shocked to find out I actually already HAVE digital hearing aids! I said oh man my hearing loss must be greater then I had imagined. It is at 90db for my right ear, and 95db for my left ear. So I was a bit saddened thinking my hearing could become greater if I switched to digital hearing aids, but apparently this is not the case. He said I have one of the best digital hearing aids and says because of my hearing loss, he did not recommend me to go buy another one because it would only improve so little if that, and did not want me paying upwards to 800 dollars per ear to get this done. So we discussed the CI. Always a tense topic here but needs to be discussed.

He claimed I was a very good and prime candidate to get the CI based on his opinions and facts. He suggested going see a CI team in St. Louis or Chicago even and get some more advice from them. He says because I can already talk and hear with hearing aids my recovery time would be much better and faster and thinks I can really benefit from it. I am of course weary of it but a bit excited at it. Could it be the next step for me in my life in advancing my hearing? I am not sure. It is a very heavy decision to think of involving my family, and friends and even co workers. We all know my true desire to work in the airline industry that is never going to change. It is in my heart, blood and soul. Aviation is who I am and what I do. If there is anything I can do to make my life work better or to be involved with the airline industry I would be willing to do it. That is where my passion lies. So next step now is to contact a CI team in STL and just seek advice. No decisions have been made or anything, just simply seeking advice.

Nothing new has really been happening for me since the last blog. Busy working as usual and hanging with friends. Another sunset concert tonight! I should be able to go very excited! Then my friend and I will have what we call a “subtitle movie night” since we both require subtitles to watch our favorite movies! Woo Hoo!

Have a great weekend folks and I will be back to upload more videos!


Friday, June 13, 2008

Updates and more!!!

Hello All!!!

I have been extremely busy working non stop, hit over 70 hours in the past 2 weeks and a half. I should know, just got paid today woo hoo! Friday the 13th IS good for something! :)

Just wanted to update you guys a bit in what has been going on lately. I have been practicing my signs a lot, and encouraging my close friends, all whom are hearing to learn ASL with me. Couple of my friends have been very encouraging and are just as enthusiastic to learn with me. In fact I went to a concert with a friend of mine, and he has always been fascinated by ASL. He never really had a reason to learn it until he met me. Of course I don't claim to be fluent in ASL myself but I definitely knew a lot.

He told me to talk to him in ASL as much as I can so he can pick up as we communicate. I said no problem I'd be happy to do so. At the concert, it actually became useful as the music was so utterly loud, he could barely hear me talk, and he cannot read lips. So what to do?! We whipped our hands out and started signing!!! For the first time I actually thought "damn this is just cool!"

I never really had a full opportunity to communicate in ASL fully, except when I went to visit Geo, and found myself really enjoying this new language and sharing it with my hearing friends also.

We found ourselves really relying on the ASL usage during the 2 hour concert, and I left with my friends and even after the concert was over, we kept signing on the way back to his place. I just thought it was so damn cool!

It is always fun to learn new languages with your friends and using ASL as one of them is an excellent way to become close with current friends, deaf or hearing and it just gives us something else to talk about, or rather Sign about! Like I said it definitely came in handy during the concert.

Some other things going, for those who had not heard, I am traveling back to Pasco to visit Geo and Jes again for an entire week. Will be flying on American Airlines via Seattle, out of St. Louis and my hometown, Marion, so I have 3 flight legs to get on before arriving! I arrive at close to midnight his time, which is two am my time. I am gonna be so tired after traveling all day I don't think anything is gonna wake me up, well except a few things like a can of COKE!

A cousin of mine who has been serving with the air force and stationed in Italy is coming home near end of June for a couple of days before he goes back to Italy! I am very excited and have not seen him in a long time. Will be a ton of fun!

I have a prospective job with Southwest Airlines, that I am checking out. It is a computer job, and basically no phone usage in the job except the usual to pick up and make a phone call here and there. In other words the phone should not really be a heavy burden for me if I chose to interview for the job. I do not know the pay just yet, am currently conferring it with the manager right now, and if I chose to continue the interview, it is done in Dallas and I would have to move to Dallas if I am offered the job and would be working at the Southwest Airlines Headquarters. I don't usually like to announce any prospective jobs that I am researching, but at this point It is like what the hey. I will let you know if I chose to actually interview for the position or not.

Also, finally, SUBTITLING!!! I have hit over 100 videos for me to subtitle. I realize some don't really care, and some do, but even if one person enjoys my subtitling the videos, that is good to hear! I realize not everyone shares my taste of music and artists and singers but I still have a lot of fun and enjoy doing them. There is one video I did not do, and I want to thank Abbie for doing so and that is "Ring the Alarm" by Beyonce. Thanks Abbie!!! As of now I have 117 videos as of now subtitled. Many different songs, and artists. So here is a link... Alex's subtitled Videos.

Please enjoy the songs and videos! More will be coming later!

Hope everyone has been having a great Friday the 13th and have a great weekend everyone!!!