Yup you read that right. About a week or so ago I got a voicemail from
some random guy at ObamaCare headquarters. This call was to inform me
that enrollment for ObamaCare was once again open. This guy provided 2
phone numbers for me to choose from in order to get connected and
enrolled. One of these numbers was 1-800-FUCKYOU, which used to be the
number for Pilgrim Telephone. But it now connects the caller to a menu
containing 3 choices. Choice 1 is for a chat line called "Intimate
Connections." Choices 2 and 3 are for ObamaCare, with choice 2 only
being the toll-free number and choice 3 actually being direct to
ObamaCare. I won't bother translating the phone number for fear of any
retaliatory measures being taken against me. However, for some reason
I just can't help but find this rather amusing. When you really think
about it though, is it not kind of illegal? I mean, you've got the
number for and a direct line to ObamaCare listed right in the same
menu as a chat line. It might not be illegal, but it certainly makes
one stop and wonder who in the hell chose to do that. But anyway, I
just had to post this amusing anecdote. Should any of the Dw staff
and/or volunteers read this and wish me to take it down, I will gladly
do so at once. I will probably be deleting this entry anyway when our next president gets elected.
Hello all. Yes indeed, once again it has been a little while since you've heard anything from me. But fear not, I'm still alive and well. I have just been occupied with other things, one of which was vacating the place for several days while my bathroom was being worked on. But I'll get to that in a bit. I first want to let everyone know that I'm going to try and delve a bit into the world of poetry. I've recently found several books on this subject, and I thought I might like to write some verse. So I'm going to do just that. I'm not certain at this point when exactly that will be though, but please stay tuned right here.

Now to what I briefly mentioned at the beginning of this entry, i.e., vacating this place for a bit. It all began late one Saturday morning at the end of July, just after I had gotten out of the shower. Had this happened just a minute or so earlier, I probably would've gotten hurt and perhaps been unable to write this entry. So the timing for this couldn't have been more perfect. I was having breakfast that morning, when suddenly I heard a cracking noise and a big thud coming from my bathroom. So I immediately put down my breakfast and went in to have a look. What had happened was that a bunch of tiles came tumbling off one side in my bathtub shower. So I immediately got back on my computer, opened up Mail, and fired off a message to the program director at Center for Independent Futures letting her know what happened. The Community Life Coordinator for my building was out of town at the time, and I figured he probably wouldn't have gotten the message in time. So the program director got right back to me and my main life-skills tutor. One of the guys doing renovation work on my building was sent up here to assess the situation, and thus began demolishing my bathtub shower. While all this was going on, I sought permission from a neighbor to use his bathtub shower until my new one was ready. I also spent a few days at my parents' new house and got to do some of my bathroom stuff there. But now my bathroom is back in working order, and I have a nice stand-alone shower.
Hi folks. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I just realized that I was using the RTE on here incorrectly. Not sure why or how I just realized that now, but there you go. So I hope this works out. I am going to copy and paste this entry from TextEdit, and see what happens.
Hi! This is just another test, so please don't bother leaving any comments. It seems the good folks at Dreamwidth Studios, LLC have been hard at work as usual, and they've tweaked some things. I'm about to turn off commenting, so even if you were to try I won't let ya in!
Hi peeps! I hope all is well in your part of the world. I'd like to talk site updates. Visitors to my site will notice some additions. The first of these is that I've updated my profile a bit. I just subscribed to some feeds this past weekend and they've been added to my profile. They are automatically updated whenever new content is added to them, so no need to do anything. For the most part it seems their content is text-based, but I have found some images too and I'm currently trying to get them described somehow. So stay tuned. That's all folks!
Hey everybody. Once again it's been rather quiet around here as of late, so I thought I'd change that. I started work on a couple other entries, but I thought I'd better do some research in order to get some facts straight before those 2 go public. One of the many cool things about Dreamwidth is that you can keep your journal entries private if you so desire, or until such time that they're perfected enough to show off to the entire world. So that's what I've done, and I am even happier to report that said feature is totally accessible with the screen reader I'm using. So stay tuned for those.

In other news, I've been doing lots of reading for pleasure. Last summer I took up this hobby again, after my original digital talking book machine (DTBM) had to be sent back due to a defective battery mechanism. I was actually quite pleasantly surprised at the turnaround time. I called on a Friday to request a new player, and had to leave a voicemail. I got a call back within about 2 hours, and the person was very nice. Then my new player arrived on Monday, just a couple days after I sent the other one back. This player is working great. So I have been reading a lot of great stuff as of late. I also joined an online book discussion group, which is in addition to the list I'm on that discusses these machines and all manner of things related to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress. However, I've decided to take a bit of a break from that because my next-door neighbors just had their first child. So why don't I use headphones, you ask? Well, someone stole them. That's why. Actually I haven't had that good of luck with headphones anyway for whatever reason. But my most recent pair was stolen. I tried unsuccessfully to get them back. I've been debating whether to replace them. On the one hand it'd be lovely for when those pesky trains go by, which is a constant occurrence more or less. But, I could just turn up the volume on my computer or DTBM. But I'm also one who doesn't much care for disturbing his neighbors, especially when they don't deserve it and most especially after 10:00 at night and before about 9:30 in the morning. But this one is still up for grabs, and I am confident I'll make a final decision very soon.

Well I think that's all for now. Take care and please, don't drink and drive.
Hi folks. I thought I'd update this thing again, since it's been
rather quiet around here. I want to talk about something that happened
yesterday morning here in my apartment building. That is, my Service
Contract meeting which happens once a year. Before going any further
with this though, I think a bit of explanation about Center for
Independent Futures is in order. Back in about mid-2002 my parents and
I found out about Center for Independent Futures from some family
friends who have a son with a disability. (From this point on I will
refer to Center for Independent Futures by its acronym CIF.) We had
also been talking with some former neighbors who had a son with a
visual impairment, who was to become my roommate. So we decided to
pursue things with CIF after hearing good things about it from both these families, and got the ball rolling. I moved into the
apartment building where I am today back in August of 2004, along with
my former neighbor. I'm not going to bother discussing our
relationship as roommates, since all of those tend to have their ups
and downs. But what I will say is that it was an interesting
experience getting to know him a lot better. He actually passed away
fairly recently, but for the most part he was a nice guy.

CIF is structured in such a way as to not rely on state funding. The
organization was founded by a group of frustrated parents who all have
family members with disabilities. For anyone not familiar with the
situation, Illinois is ranked very low on the totem pole with regards
to services for people with disabilities. Very little if anything has been done about our track record, and it sucks. As a matter of fact, I decided not too long ago to refer to our state as Sionilli. That's Illinois spelled backwards, just in case you're wondering. But anyway, to learn more about CIF and the work they are doing, please check out my profile right here on this site and click on the link called "CIF." My brother was also involved with this organization up until he took a job out of state.

So yesterday morning I had to appear before the judge, and try and convince him once again why I needed to leave this prison cell. Lol just kidding! I actually had a very good meeting yesterday and signed on for another year at least.
Hi there! This is just a quick entry to publicly thank the person who gave me 2 months of paid time on Dreamwidth. Perhaps this person saw my comment that I wrote where I briefly mentioned my financial situation, and perhaps they're just a nice person, or maybe both. Whatever the case, thank you thank you thank you! This is awesome. I don't know who you are but you obviously do. What a great early Christmas present this is!
Hello everybody. I see that I can post into the future on here, which is so incredibly cool! I don't think there's another blogging/journaling platform out there that allows this, at least no other platform that I know of. I find this particularly awesome because there's currently something which I've been wanting to get off my chest for awhile. Well now I can do just that thanks to this awesome feature of Dreamwidth. And it appears to be available for both free and paid accounts, which is even more awesome! If I am misinformed, I suppose I'll find out soon enough. So I guess y'all will have to wait and see what it is that I want to vent about now. No clues! I'll just leave it at this though: this is something which I've been told time and time again that I should do without question. Not everyone has told me this, but a lot of people have. Everyone including those of us with disabilities has the right to do this, or so it has been said over and over again by numerous people.
Hi everybody. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all those observing it--including all the lovely Dw staff and volunteers--a most happy and safe Labor Day weekend. To the Dw volunteers and staff, I hope you take time off this weekend and do something fun offline. I am still rather new to the website, but I am thoroughly enjoying myself here. Writing is one of my passions in life, and by making Dreamwidth accessible you have provided me and countless other users with a place to do just that.

As for me, I'm going to help out with a filming project. I'm not sure what all is involved with it yet but I shall find out soon enough. I am also attending another session of the writing workshop tomorrow, so be on the lookout for another installment of my "heARTwords Creations" series within the next day or so.
Why hello to everybody! Subject line pretty much sums it up. I have switched to the Rich Text Editor. It didn't seem to work that good with VoiceOver in Safari, but I'm going to try it out in Chrome using VoiceOver and then Chromevox and see how it goes. But I'm still quite impressed with this journaling website and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone, screen reader user or not. OK I confess that I haven't tried it out at all in Windows yet, but I've read that it works quite well. And, I have also read that there is a way to install Windows on a Mac running Boot Camp, with some kind of talking installation thingamabob. Anyways, that's it from me for today. Have fun and don't forget to eat your veggies!
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Hey everyone. Just thought I'd update this thing again. I am actually coming to you from my parents' house. I'm spending the night here because I have a dentist appointment first thing in the morning. I got here on paratransit. I'm happy to report that the ADA paratransit service here in the Chicago area has seen a lot of improvement over the years. We're still not quite where we should be if you ask me, but this is a big improvement from what it was when I first started using the service. For one thing, a new contractor was hired for my servicing area. I don't know exactly when they began their duties, but they're doing a much nicer job than the previous contractor for this area. But in addition to tomorrow's appointment, I wanted to come here and have pizza. Pizza has for several years been a Friday-night tradition in my family. But in addition to family stuff, I have still been testing out things here on Dreamwidth and I'm very impressed with it.
Hi folks. Just testing out the mobile site on here. This is awesome. Tomorrow will start customizing stuff.
Hi everyone. Happy Monday to all of you, or if it is another day where you are then happy day. This is my second real entry on here. I actually read about this website on another forum, and I'd like to sincerely thank the person who told me about it. I think this person knows who he is. But he is absolutely correct regarding the site. It is very accessible with VoiceOver and Chromevox. I'm not sure how it performs in Windows, but hopefully I will find out soon enough. Anyway, I think that's all for this entry.
Hi everyone! I think I've finally figured out the problem. So everything's cool now so there! I'm not quite sure what all I'll write about here yet, but one thing I do want to do is share some poetry and other randomness with you.

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