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Going to the Movies

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Keith decided today that we were going to go see two movies…. so he gave me little warning and we spent the day in an air-conditioned movie theatre. I’m not complaining, really. I just wish I had more warning. I wanted to see the first movie, and sorta wanted to see the second movie… it sounded interesting from the commercials. The two movies being “The A-Team” and “Get Him To The Greek”. The reviewers, of course, hated it. Usually, when it’s panned as a bad movie, I’m going to like it… 99 times out of 100 that’s the way it goes. The reviewers hate it, and I like the movie. Don’t know why that is, but it’s been true for the last 40+ years that I can remember of attending movies. It was a fun movie, very much paying homage to the TV series. Mr. T did not make an appearance, siting, I believe, differences with the script, but it was a good story, and they did a great job of bringing the TV show to the big screen.

Steven J. Cannell, the Executive Producer and Creator of the TV series, was the Executive Producer of the movie, so I expected nothing less. It’s just too bad Mr. T decided not to participate. Dirk Benedict and Dwight Swartz decided to appear, although, I did not see them as themselves in the movie. It was probably a real fast scene they were in… not something really “in your face”. Liam Neeson did a GREAT job as Col. Hannibal Smith… I can’t believe this is the same actor that portrayed Qui-Gon Jinn in Episode 1 of Star Wars… Wow. He’s got a great range…

All in all, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Starlite Parade

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Keith and I drove down to Portland, Oregon for the annual Starlite Parade… we were joining several dozen members of the local Star Wars groups, Imperial 501st (The Bad Guys) and the Rebel Legion (The Good guys). 😀

I am a Jedi, with a Lightsabre, and full Jedi robes with a full backstory, even explaining the wheelchair. I have a blast… it’s even more fun when you realize that to be a member, you have to make your own costume. This a COSTUMING group. And you’re screened by a board, and you have to answer questions on how you made your costume, so you can’t just buy it off the Internet.

Yes, my lightsaber is machined and bought off the Internet, but it’s not a copy of one, it’s an original, cost about $100, and I can modify it with sound and different switches to activate it… as a matter of fact, it’s being used in a fan film my husband is involved in, “The Eye of Darkness”, and as such, when I met someone at the yearly science fiction convention, Norwescon, I couldn’t just hand my lightsaber to him to modify, it’ll have to wait until after the summer. Once that is done, then my saber will be mofified to replace the switch, the batteries and maybe even the blade.

Getting back to the parade, the only highlighting I did was my lightsaber, and luckily, my almost dead batteries lasted throughout the parade. I don’t get to dress up as a Jedi often enough (I dress up as a Starfleet Officer more often), and I was able to fit into my Jedi gear even with my weight gain.

I WILL post a picture of me as Jedi Tatiana here as soon as I can find one… the link for my admission picture for the Rebel Legion is bad so until I get that fixed, I don’t have a link to a picture.

Got home at 3:30am, and am still pretty tired, but all in all, a great day. I gotta be a fan, to drive from Bonney Lake, WA all the way down to Portland, and then back in the same day (about a 4 hour drive one way).

So, yes, I’m not just a Star Trek fan… I love Star Wars too.

Helping others?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I’ve been helping others with service dog issues since 1998. I’ve been partnered with a service dog since 1991. I also run and administer the nationally known and rated Service Dogs and More website, which is listed on every search engine you can imagine.

A dear friend, Fred Shotz, who is no longer with us, told the Department of Justice that he considered me one of the top disability and service dog experts. So, when I give out legal advice, people DO listen to me. I can make mistakes, but most of the time, I do know what I am talking about.

Well, a person on Facebook had a problem, and wanted me to call her to talk about it. She gave me her phone number and I called her. She’s flying with her dog and she wanted to put her service dog in cargo, because it’s a 10 month old puppy. She told the airline he’s a service dog in training. And that she needs him. But she still wants him in cargo. The airline wants him in the cabin with her. She’s afraid he’ll have an accident or barf or bark or something.

She even went so far as to call the CEO of Delta airlines. I just have to shake my head. Delta is being extremely accomodating. I told her that her dog IS a service dog at the age of 10 months. I explained about Gillis working for me at 4 months when he picked up a pill bottle for me in public. I then took the “in Training” off his vest.

That wasn’t enough for her. I then explained that when she called the airline, she made it harder for the next person who followed with a service dog in training to get reservations, the airline is going to want to have all this paperwork she’s showered Delta with. This woman insisted that wasn’t going to happen. Delta would know it’s a one time thing. No, Delta will do the same thing to the next person, I’ve seen it.

Then this woman, who called ME for help, had the gall to tell me that I didn’t have the right to tell her she was wrong in what she did. I didn’t do that. I said that what she did was going to impact the next disabled person with a service dog that dealt with Delta. I’ve seen it time and time again. She then told me she’d dealt with service dogs for 35 years. Fine. But, she called ME for help. If she’d already dealt with it, then she didn’t NEED my help.

It really pisses me off when people call me for help and then tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m willing to go to great lengths for someone but I will not tolerate someone who tells me that I don’t know what I’m doing and critisizing me when I explain what they did is going to hurt the person that follows them.

Yes, you have to think of you… but if you use a service dog, you are going to get noticed, and you also have to think of those that follow you… we do not want to clean up your mess that you leave behind. I have had too many years of cleaning up the messes of service dog handlers that have come before me. Those that let their dogs eat in restaurants, that allow their dogs to wander off leash, those that let their dogs go potty in public, but don’t clean up after them; that let their dog come up to strangers and sniff them, and of other things.

Our dogs are supposed to be ‘invisible’. There is a movement by the users of guide dogs to get those with service dogs banned from public places, because we don’t need our dogs! I always thought that was stupid but with the way I see some service dogs act and the way some handlers allow their dogs to act, I don’t blame guide dog handlers at all!

This is why I expect almost perfect behavior from my dog… and why I retired Chewbacca after Norwescon this year. He made it CLEAR that he didn’t want to work anymore. I had to drag him out from under every table and he ignored commands from me. He’d never done that before. it was embarrassing and it showed those around me that I didn’t have control of my dog. Impressions. That is a biggie.

Now, I’m looking for a replacement for Chewie. I haven’t had any luck in getting a puppy. And I only want a puppy. I don’t want another year old dog, because of the impressions they already have. I want to start fresh, like I did with Gillis.

Web Comics

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Oh, I have rediscovered web comics. I do not get the newspaper, as I read the news on my Amazon Kindle, but the one thing that the newspaper on the Kindle does not have, and that is the comics. Darn. I do miss reading the funnies. My friend, David F, passed on a comic, User Friendly and it’s hilarious.