20 02 2005

DPHH Dallas & Fort Worth established in January 2004 and they were successful for next 10 months. (January – October 2004) Julie Reese, John Wise and several other committee did good job bring spotlight on DPHH in 2004 – No questions about it.

During month of November and December 2004, they decided not to host any DPHH event due to conflict with holidays. Sure, they could have schedule event one week early or something but I will never know why since I am not in committee team at this time.

Julie Reese personally asked Brenden and me to see if we are interested to take over DPHH for 2005. After 2-3 weeks, we agreed to take over DPHH as co-host, Julie advised us to change to DHH since there’s a lot of inquiry from general during 2004. We are pretty much going with our instinct and started with “DHH” starting in 2005 right away.

We had our 1st DHH event on January 29th and it was instantly successful. Since it was my 1st to host this event, I had opportunity to talk to many old & new faces that evening and get their feedback. It was overwhelming positive that they were happy with our decision with DHH instead DPHH. On February 5th, we had our DHH committee meeting and we brought it up to make sure every committee agreed with DHH. We had non-formal vote and passed without anybody opposed.

Again, I have a lot of respect for DPHH.net itself however they are not exactly real organization. (No offense, really) They do not have mission statement, bylaw and/or under any status at all according to their website. They are practically deaf get-together event just like deaf chat coffee or deaf chat dinner everywhere in nationwide.

Same time, we figure why we should follow their DPHH philosophy, (with Professional in it) when it doesn’t fit our own community. Every state and local are little different with its own pride & culture. DHH DFW is not first one to become DHH, it was Oklahoma who bravely went with DHH in late 2004. Maryland also went with DHH this year as well.

So, we want you to know that we have similar philosophy in many ways however we should respect each other. “Professional” is somewhat fancy – at least in my opinion because we saw so many different people with their background such as retired, white/blue collars, students, unemployed, self-employed, etc. Deaf community is very small and we need to stay together as much as possible.

Does that mean we have fewer deaf professional in DFW Metroplex? No – everyone always talk about opportunity, career advancement, shares the idea and telling jokes whether it is DPHH or DHH events. I always tell everyone in general that DHH belong to them – if they don’t like something, they will know who ask and challenge us for a change.

We want to welcome everyone to attend DHH/DPHH in here and other cities no matter. It reminds me of diversity – we simply wants everyone feels part of it and not feeling inferior (2nd class) at all. We love everyone :)

I think David Fulmer should ask better question – DPHH/DHH vs. deaf club. It’s more interesting and difficult to answer. Again, that’s another story…

Grant W. Laird, Jr.

The Notebook Movie

19 02 2005

The Notebook movieYou have to see it for yourself. This movie is full of love and drama. Maybe I should check out their novel.

I don’t want to go into details and spoil your excitement except this quote from website….

The Notebook Movie

Drama and Romance

2 hrs. 01 min.

As a man (Garner) reads from a faded notebook to the woman (Rowlands) he regularly visits, his words bring to life the story of a couple (Gosling and McAdams) who are separated by World War II, then passionately reunited 7 years later, after they have taken different paths. Though her memory has faded, his words give her the chance to relive her turbulent youth and the unforgettable love they shared.

Just rent or buy “The Notebook” movie and you will enjoy it very much. Trust me!

Check out The Notebook official website: Click here.

Grant W. Laird, Jr.