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Yahoo Messenger and New Contacts

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

I’ve been a user of Yahoo Messenger for years. I use it mostly to keep in touch with friends, and most recently for when I’m online playing games.

I am listed in the Yahoo Directory, and I’ve been getting invites by one type of person only. Those that insist on showing me sexually oriented material after I accept their request. Once I do that, they ask to chat, and then send me a link where there is porn. I don’t do porn. I don’t like porn, and wish it didn’t exist.

I don’t mind that others utilize porn, by reading it, or watching it. But, when you answer a friend request and then immediately send a link to a porn site, that is just.. wrong. When that is done, I immediately block the person, and report them to Yahoo. Sorry, but what you do on your time is fine, but imposing it on me without warning is not. A simple “Can I send you a link to a porn site?” would work wonders.

As such, the only people I talk to on Yahoo Messenger are those that are family or close friends that I have known for years. I much prefer Facebook for meeting people to chat with. Or be email pals with. I’ll be looking into how to take my name out of the Yahoo Directory. No matter how much I may think I could help someone with a disability… it’s just really sad that the people that have these porn sites have to trawl the Yahoo Directory and ask to be added to an unknown person’s list then once there, they send a link and dump that person into a porn site which is most likely not welcome and may be very offensive.

It’s too bad… I could use Yahoo to gain members to the Star Trek clubs that I run, the USS Daniel Soule, a chapter of Starfleet International, where I am the Commanding Officer, and the independent club, USS Constellation, where I am the Executive Officer, help people with disability and service dog questions and gain new friends. But, nope, I’m going to retreat to being a private member, and only use it to contact people that I know.

Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I’m 46 years old today. Wow, feels like I’ve been alive longer than that! Seriously, I can’t believe how fast time has been flying by. It seems like yesterday that I met Keith, then we were getting married. Wow.

Here’s a list of stuff I’m involved in and happening currently in my life.

Married 19 years to the most wonderful man.

One of the top disability and service dog experts in the US.

The Commanding Officer of a Starfleet International chapter (the USS Daniel Soule) (working on the website, but you can join this Correspondance chapter from Starfleet‘s webpage.

The Executive Officer of a independant Star Trek simulation (the USS Constellation)

Disabled Accessibility Officer for Starfleet International and Region 5, Starfleet in which I put Starfleet’s newsletter, the Communique’, in audio format for the blind, and help Chapter Chairpersons by answering questions they may have on how to accommodate a disabled member.

Have a website Service Dogs and More! that is #1 on almost any search engine you can name! It still amazes me when I think about it!

Own and run the nationally known Owner Trained Assistance Dogs (OT-ADogs) email list at Yahoogroups. This list helps you train a dog to become a service dog.

Executive Producer of Star Trek on Audio, in conjunction with Roddenberry Productions. Putting all the Star Trek episodes and movies in audio format for the blind.

Amateur (Ham) Radio operator where I am heavily involved in community service and emergency preparedness.

I have been blessed throughout my life by God. Yes, I am disabled, but I firmly believe that God allowed it to happen for a reason. If I were not disabled, I doubt that I would be doing or experienced half the things that I have in my life. Sure, I am confined to a wheelchair, but the choice of using a wheelchair was just that, a choice that I made when I was 21. It cost so much energy and hurt too much to keep walking… sure I could do it, but I wanted a life, not just to exist, but to LIVE. Choosing to use a wheelchair was the best thing I ever did for myself. I can go anywhere within reason, at a reasonable speed, and I can enjoy life, instead of struggling through it.

The reason God allowed me to become disabled? I think it’s so I could help people with service dog advice and training and disability advocacy. I have been blessed with meeting many people, all because I am disabled. I would never had learned about service dogs if I weren’t disabled, and I would not have helped the hundreds of people personally with questions about service dogs and issues relating to disabled access and service dogs. And indirectly helping, I believe, thousands of people through my website, Service Dogs and More!. I still don’t know what I did to get it to the top of Google or any other search engine you can name. (including Bing).

Three wonderful service dogs:


Tyler

Tyler

Gillis, My 2nd Service Dog

Gillis, The Wonder Dog!


And last but not least:


Chewbacca

Chewbacca

I am currently looking for my 4th dog. Now, I do have a breeder of Doberman Pinscher dogs near by, and as soon as I can make my house puppy proof, I’ll go look at her dogs, and then probably have to save up for a puppy. I can’t expect someone to give me a dog like has previously been done.

Guess I better post this, and go pay attention to my hubby, who said he wanted to make me feel special on my birthday! I also have to answer all the birthday wishes I got on Facebook today! Wow! What a treat!

Regional Disabled Accessibility Officer

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Now I’ve gone and done it! I’ve been complaining for years that there’s been no one for the members of Starfleet to turn to if they have questions on how to help their disabled members. Well, Region 5 Coordinator, Joe Fuller finally told me to write up a job description, which I did. And today, I got appointed, Regional Disabled Accessibility Officer. Here’s what I sent to Fleet Captain Fuller.

Sorry about the formatting, but it’s set in Microsoft Word. The formatting REALLY sucks, so you need to request a copy from me. For those Chapter Chairpersons that want it, it’s available in Word 2007 format.

Regional Disabled Accessibility Officer

Description
The Disabled Accessibility Officer advises the Chapter Chairpersons or others, on concerns of accessibility of events or sites, so that members that fall under the ADA or State Law can fully utilize the goods and services that Region Five, Starfleet offers.
The ADA refers to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

Region
Summit
Site Selection for Events
Materials
– Printed
o – Large Print
– Audio
– Braille
Accessibility
– Advise Regional Staff on Accessibility on site for:
o – Wheelchair
o – Walker
o – Audio
o – Vision
– Hotel
o – Advise Regional Staff on Accessiblity on site for:
o – Wheelchair
o – Walker
o – Audio
o – Vision
o Rooms
 Help with members booking sleeping rooms
 Blueprints (knowing layouts) to show members accessible/non-accessible features
– Meals
o Restricted Diet
 Advising members/guests of contents so those on restricted diets can be aware of what is in meals
– Tours
o Accessibility of locations and venues
o Alternatives
o Makes arrangements for chapters/shuttles so that businesses have one person/department to go through that understands the ADA/needs of the disabled
Webpage
-Advise Region webmaster on making the Region 5 webpage accessible to the blind/sight impaired
– Advise on options (like audio or video) that will work for all members
– Speech to text so that those who are deaf can enjoy video clips that are added to webpages

Chapter
Meeting Site
ADA compliant
Restroom
ADA compliant
Newsletter
Audio
Offering options on getting chapter newsletters in audio format at little or no cost
Website
Offering to advise chapter webmasters on how to make chapter websites accessible to their members

Why This Title for my Blog?

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Why the title, “Hire the Handicapped, They’re Fun To Watch?

“On the face of it, it sounds really discriminatory. But since I am disabled, you’d think I would run screaming the other way before I’d choose a title that was such. Well, no, not really. There is a story behind the title.

My best friend, Daniel Soule, was also born with Cerebral Palsy. However, he didn’t let that stop him from leading a more than normal life. I say more than normal because he didn’t just sit around doing nothing. He was a truck driver, a volunteer firefighter, a hunter, you name it, he probably did it.Now, this was before the ADA (Americans With Disabilties Act), and before “disabled” became more politically correct than “handicapped”. Dan coined the phrase, “Hire the handicapped, they’re fun to watch.” when people would avert their eyes when he or other friends would walk down the street or wheel down the street. Yeah, when I could walk you could tell I was disabled. Dan too.

Keith, (the husband), described Dan this way: He looked like Burt Reynolds, but walked like Donald Duck. I always laughed when I heard that… and Dan did too. Now, if Burt Reynolds had bright red hair, maybe Dan would look like him, maybe… but it was hilarious.

Dan’s outlook on life, was unique at the time, he wasn’t your normal stay at home, and be ‘unnoticed in public’ type of disabled person, either. Dan was the type to just go along his merry way and live his life. Why hide? He had nothing to be embarrassed about.

Yes, he was born with Cerebral Palsy, but it wasn’t his fault. Just like it wasn’t his fault that others were embarrassed if they didn’t like it when he walked down the street.

Dan died way too young when he was helping a friend move. He was at the bottom of a Amateur Radio antenna when it broke in half and connected with a power line. Dan knew he’d been electricuted. He ran down the road, yelling he’d been electrocuted. If he’d been abled to be saved, he would have been. His First Aid instructor was riding by on her horse. Medic One was just a few minutes Away. Airlift Northwest was left than 10 minutes away… but to no avail. Dan was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and spent 4 days there, while the doctors tried to get him stable enough to do tests. When they did the tests they found he was brain dead.

He had no family. *I* was the closest thing to family he had. We’d known each other since I was 18… I had to make the decision to pull the plug. Hardest thing I’d ever done. I spent four DAYS at Harborview waiting for word, and even though Keith and I weren’t family, they treated us like we were… and then, they gave me the decision to pull the plug. It wasn’t a decision really. Dan was no longer there. He’d died 4 days earlier. It was his shell laying there… it took me YEARS to accept that… but at the time… anyway. I made the decision and Keith and I cleaned out Dan’s house. He had no other executors for his estate. We held a funeral for him. And I buried my best friend. We were soulmates, or as close as could be. I do believe I married my soulmate and that wasn’t Dan.

When Keith and I decided to start our own Star Trek club, it was really no decision to name the club after Dan. I still can’t believe that Starfleet International let us do it… it was an honor for them to grant us this… twice. Yep, twice. For reasons beyond my control the first club folded and then was reborn, with a new NCC number, but the new club is still here, but needs help.

If you’d like to join… go to http://www.sfi.org. and join Starfleet. No dues other than the Starfleet dues of $15 per person or the Family dues. I’m working on the website (again) and the newsletter, but it’s slow going.

We are a Correspondence chapter, and will do things via email, Facebook, blogging, and using other means to communicate. I want to get the newsletter up and running and get the chapter up and running so that we can be active and a force to be reconned with. I can be reached at danielsoule@danawheels.net.So to answer the question, why did I title the blog this way? To honor a dear friend’s sense of humor and it fits me. It really does.

Getting ready for a Landing Party!!!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

This weekend is the Starfleet Region Five Conference, the first that Rear Admiral Keith Marshall and I, Fleet Captain Dana Marshall have attended in our twenty-five years of being members of Starfleet. I’m pretty excited. I’m working on not just attending the conference, but also presenting to the Regional Coordinator, the duties of the Regional Disabled Accessibility Officer that I am trying to get added to the Regional Staff. He likes the basic idea, but I haven’t been real specific as to what the positition entails, just someone for the Commanding Officers of Starfleet Region 5 to go to when they have questions in regards to disabled crewmembers.I’ve been thinking of this position for awhile now, but haven’t approached Fleet Captain Joe Fuller (the Regional Coordinator) with the idea until recently. He said to write him up the description and we’d discuss it, and discussing it at the Regional Conference seems to be the thing to do, so… I’m going to be bringing it up to him there.