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Favorite movies

My son posed a question to me tonight,”Mom, what is your favorite movie?” I am not sure I have a favorite but I have a short list of movies that I can watch all the time. I could watch these movies over and over. As sad as it was to my son Captain Underpants did not make my short list. Movies can do something to your soul. All of the movies on my list do touch my soul. Now they are not all huge blockbusters and I am sure some people will see this list and say WHAT they liked that movie. We all have our likes and dislikes and that is what is so wonderful but mankind. We are all different and there is something for everyone. I will say there is a big theme that runs through my movie choices and that is music. I love music. I am terrible of knowing song lyrics. My husband will poke fun at me that I work on the radio with music but have no idea what songs are “about.” It is true. I don’t think I ever have been able to hear lyrics enough even as a youth to get what a song is about but I love the melody and I love the beats. I personally love that there is technology now on my iPhone that scrolls the lyrics when I listen to the music.

I feel so much emotion with music. It brings me to tears. I can’t explain it but I can hear a song and it fills me. I feel it with the beat, I feel it with emotion that causes goosebumps. It can cause my lungs to fill with air and tears escape. It isn’t tears of sadness just emotions. At church certain songs cause the hairs on my neck to stand up. Raise hands to surrender. I need Gods help and there is a pull to raise hands to God and admit full surrender to him. Music can cause these feelings in me. Not every song does this to me. In fact days go by at work and I listen to music my whole day at work and I don’t feel anything but then Indigo Girls come on and yes the emotions. Eva Cassidy is another one that can bring on goosebumps.

I thank God I still can get this reaction from music. Since my hearing has dropped in past years music doesn’t sound the same. So much music sounds horribly off tune to me. Maybe that is why it is so special when I have those songs that still “get” me.

So my favorite movies are:

1- Mr Holland’s Opus

2- August Rush

3- Mary Poppins

4- Greatest Showman

5- Saving Mr Banks

Probably not movies that would be on most people’s list but that is the beauty of being an individual. I can have my favorites and you can have yours. What are your favorite movies?

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A Night at the Movies Part 3

closed_caption_0_77453The saga or the war rages on.  I thought I would update what happened since the last post about the ongoing issue with Carmike Theaters and Captions.

I mentioned in my last blog post that we were going to have an undercover mission with a friend of mine and her husband.  They went to the theater knowing they did not offer captions but just wanted to see what the reaction would be when they asked about them.  What happened next just shocked me.  My friend did not talk just used sign language and her husband did the talking.  They asked if captions were available and THEY DO HAVE CAPTIONS and provided my friend with a Captiview device.  I was shocked and even more confused after all of this.  I am very glad that my friend got to enjoy the movie and understand all of it.  To make matters even more confusing it was the same manager that helped me helped her.

I called the theater again trying to get a hold of a manager.  I had no luck doing this earlier.  I actually got the manager and it was the one I talked to.  He apologized that he didn’t give me captions.  Then he went on to say that a “Full Deaf” woman came in today and I gave her captions.  She couldn’t even talk so she was full deaf and needed them.  It was thank you for your apology and now go stick your foot in your mouth.  I told him I wrote a letter to the editor and he was aware of this, I guess the paper contacted the theater.  I also told him I was waiting for a response from the theater and he told me he got my emails but just didn’t know what to do with them.  That same night I received an email from a district manager asking some questions about the day, time and person we talked to.  I responded right away to the email.  A step forward I was contacted??

Next morning I get alerted that my letter to the editor was published.  Had to run out on my lunch break and pick up the paper.  Not everyday you are published in the paper, well maybe if you write for the paper.  Here is a copy of what was written and published:

We are in a day in age where there is equal equality to all…but is there? I was at the Kandi Carmike Movie Theater this past weekend with my husband. We were going to a movie on his birthday. I happen to be hard of hearing and I asked if there were a captioning device I might use for the movie so I could understand the dialog. I was given the response from a manager that those devices take lots of paperwork, signatures and time so we don’t bother with them. This really upset my husband and I. Paperwork is such a pain that we can discriminate an entire group of people from the movies. A simple no would have worked but to go on that it is a pain and burdensome was unneeded. I guess my money doesn’t need to be spent at the Carmike theater anymore. November 21, 2014 the HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) had a landmark deal with Theater Owners of America that come 2015 closed captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Visual Description for the Visually Impaired will be required of all theaters. I look forward to this day, and I look forward to the day when the pain of paperwork and time doesn’t discriminate a group of people. We wouldn’t think of having a theater not wheelchair accessible, not all disabilities are visible.

I have not heard anything from the theater until today.  I was contacted by CCAC (Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning).  After corresponding with CCAC they sent an email to the district manager and copied me on the email and response.  The email was sent and I thought AHHH now we wait.  A whopping 5 minutes later we have a response from the district manager that they have captioning and are in the law complete with pictures of the Captiview devices and the headphones.  CCAC sent another email back to them thanking them for their speedy response but alerting them as it is nice they have the devices they are denying them to certain patrons if they don’t look deaf enough.  They asked the theater to issue an apology.  This email hasn’t been answered.

So again we wait…..

A Night at the Movies

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Yesterday a group I am part of, The Say What Club, had the topic of going to the movies.  What seems like such a fun past time to many can seem like a waste of money to some, me included.  Why, simply because why would I want to pay upwards of $10 to sit and watch a movie miss half or more of the dialog and sit and think why did I go to the movies.  Which in turn makes it more than a year since I have done just that.

What we were talking about with the Say What Club was closed captioning at the movies.  I think this would be wonderful.  I love watching movies but it is done at home either Netflix or a rented movie and the captions are always on.  I enjoy having the sound streamed to my hearing aids but I still need the captions to get what I miss.  I need to fill in the blanks.  My family is used to the words on the bottom of the screen.  My son is behind in the reading game so maybe the captions will help some or he isn’t as behind as he could be.

The next obstacle is where to go for captions.  I am in a small rural town but very lucky we have a theater in town.  It is a one screen but upgraded to digital theatre.  Our theater does have assistive listening devices but I tried once and it didn’t do anything different then my hearing aids in fact it wasn’t as much gain as I am used to.  Great for someone with less of a hearing loss but I need the captions.  Our next theater is 30 miles away and I contacted them and the person I talked to wasn’t sure they had them.  Well that isn’t encouraging.  I have heard there is captioning at one theater that is 1.5 hours away.  Is that really accommodating the deaf and hard of hearing population that I need to drive 1.5 hours away to watch a movie.  Just doesn’t seem fair.  Maybe a price to pay of living in a rural area, or maybe an oversight that this needs to be offered.

After all this discussing on the topic of movies yesterday I went to a movie last night.  It has been a long time since I have been to our local theater.  My daughter wanted me to go with her to the new Hunger Games movie, Mockingjay Part 1.  We went on our mom and daughter date and it was fun.  I thought an action movie I don’t need to hear the words it will be nonstop action like the other two movies in the series.  Not quite right with this movie.  Lots of dialog and I missed over half of it I am sure.  I didn’t fully enjoy the movie aspect of the night but I loved accompanying my beautiful daughter to a film she had been looking forward to seeing.   It was fun watching her be tense and jump at certain parts and just soak in the movie.  There will be a day in the not too distant future that she won’t want to do this with mom so I will grab the chance now.  I look forward to the day we can rent the movie and we can watch it at home.  She will love to watch it again and I will love to watch it and “hear” the words.

This has been the week of movie talk.  With the Say What Club, with my daughter and with a huge understanding between the HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America), Alexander Graham Bell,  and Theater Owners of America that captions will be offered in all digital theaters starting in 2015.  I was so excited when I read this, how exciting.  Article from the LA Times.   I wonder if this will take place in my neck of my woods.  I wonder how long it will take.  I wonder if there will be heels dug in and protest.  I just wonder….

Take care all and as they sing in one of my favorite musicals, Annie….”LETS GO TO THE MOVIES, LETS GO TO THE SHOW….”