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TRS Ex Parte –GC Docket No. 10-51 12/1/10—Sorenson and Madison Dearborn Partners met with Paul de Sa of the OSP to discuss VRS issues.  Sorenson and Madison Dearborn discussed the role of customer relationship between the default user and VRS provider in ensuring that deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans have functionally equivalent VRS services.  Sorenson and […]

TRS CG Docket No. 10-210 11/29/10—Late-filed replies on the implementation of the requirement for a National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program, per Section 105 of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. Public Notice Inclusive Technologies

TRS Ex Parte—CG Docket No. 10-51 10/19/10—Hamilton Relay met with Karen Peltz Strauss of the CGB to discuss its request for clarification of a February 2010 Declaratory Ruling. Hamilton Relay reiterated its support of numerous providers who believe that various calls involving more than one Communications Assistant (CA) are compensable relay calls, and the effect […]

The Deal Magazine By Richard Morgan Published October 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM Public trust and private equity are at odds almost by definition. But when it comes to serving American citizens with hearing or speech disabilities, they’re at loggerheads. Witness the schism between the Federal Communications Commission and the market leader in video relay […]

TRS NPRM—CG Docket No. 03-123 9/17/10—The FCC released an NPRM seeking comment on the steps the FCC should take to improve assignment of telephone numbers associated with Internet-based Telecommunications Relay Service, specifically Video Relay Service and IP Relay. Comments due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register; replies due 45 days after publication.

TRS CG Docket No. 10-51 Replies filed on the 2010 VRS Reform NPRM on issues regarding location of VRS Call Centers, VRS Communications Assistants (CAs) working from home, and compensation, and whistleblower protections for VRS CAs and other provider employees. Comments due Sept. 16. Sorenson PAH ! VRS

TRS CG Docket No. 10-51 9/14/10—Additional comments were filed on the 2010 VRS Reform NPRM. Further comments can be reviewed in the September 14, 2010 edition of Washington Watch. Replies due Sept. 27. Sorenson Purple Communications Hamilton Relay

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TRS Reply Comments – CG Docket No. 10-51 Early reply comments filed on the NOI seeking comment VRS rules. Snap Telecommunications

TRS 8/27/10—Chairman Genachowski responded to a number of letters from members of Congress regarding VRS issues.  Chairman Genachowski said the rates adopted in the June 28th Order ensure VRS providers recover from the VRS Fund only the reasonable costs caused by provision of VRS service.  Chairman Genachowski also said the VRS NOI poses questions that […]

Confused about Coffee

The first time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was working as a lawyer. It was a busy time at the firm, so I honestly don’t know what possessed me to quit cold turkey. I began having headaches on top of the long hours. Six months went by. The headaches stopped (the long hours didn’t). Eventually, I caved. I wanted that energy jolt again. Plus, the taste. Mmmm…the taste.

The second time I tried to stop drinking coffee I was trying to get pregnant. This time I weaned myself slowly. I ordered a small instead of a medium. Then a half regular, half decaf. Finally I made the switch to non-caffeine tea.

After I lost the baby (miscarriage), I was drinking coffee within days.

When I made a commitment to Clean Eating, I thought, Third time’s a charm. But now that I’m well on my way down the path of eating wholesome foods, I’ll say this: drastically reducing my intake of sugar and white flour while drastically increasing my fruit and veggies has been pretty smooth sailing. But the coffee…oh, how I miss it when I don’t drink it.

I just can’t seem to kick it (well, it’s more like I’m unwilling to give it an honest try). I keep reading articles about the benefits of coffee (antioxidants, etc), but really, part of me think that’s like those articles that claim dark chocolate is good for you for the same reasons (antioxidants).

Really, shouldn’t we just eat blueberries?

To make a long story longer, I’m still on the fence about coffee (thus have not given it up). I enjoy the aroma and flavor so much. Plus, unlike sugar which makes me feel bleh inside, coffee makes me feel good (but I know, I know…it increases my blood pressure and doesn’t help with my anxiety issues). So I sit in confusion. I tell myself that out of all the vices in the world caffeine isn’t so bad. (Can you tell I’m piling on the excuses here or what?)

I’d love to hear from others who are dedicated to eating clean, healthy foods. What’s your take on your morning cuppa joe (or lack thereof)? Š

The Tea Girl

I feel like a dog person who became a cat person . . . a skier who became a snowboarder . . . an evening person who became a morning person . . . because I drink tea now. Me. The coffee girl. Drinks tea. And I like it.

So many colors. Tons of flavors. I can drink it at night and it won’t keep me up until 3am.

I have an “emergency kit” in my purse. It contains essentials like a hair band, dental floss, an extra pair of contact lenses, and quarters. Now it also holds a tea bag. I added it after going to a restaurant the other day where they had three tea choices: icky, yucky, or gross. It reminded me of the days when I used to be a caffeine addict yet was stuck in a meeting where the only coffee option was a stale, burnt cup of sludge.

Anyway, so I now keep a tea bag tucked away for such predicaments. That’s me. The tea girl. Š

Donation-Based Yoga

When I first moved to Washington DC, I was surprised to discover the average cost of a drop-in yoga class was $20. Back in California it was easy to find classes for almost half as much – maybe because there are yoga studios on practically every street corner in LA. Working off of a freelance writer’s budget, it is challenging to come up with the money for regular yoga classes. If you’re also on a tight budget, good news: yoga classes are and can be accessible to everyone. Many places offer a free class if you’re trying their yoga studio for the first time, and some instructors volunteer to give free classes on a regular basis. Bartering might be another option — attending yoga classes in exchange for working a few hours behind the desk. Finally, keep an eye out for donation-based classes. This growing movement suggests payment on a sliding scale, allowing students to pay what they can afford. To find out more about what options are available, simply ask. And most importantly, don’t forget to pay it forward by sharing with others what had been shared with you.

Mix it Up

Staying at our retreat home in the mountains of Colorado has me thinking about water. I constantly see large vehicles with oversized plastic containers strapped into their truck beds, full of water. Water is hauled all over the place. It’s dry out here.

I’ve actually become a bit paranoid about water. What is the healthiest way to drink it? Should I gulp tap water and risk consuming substances like chlorine and fluoride, not to mention whatever else the water might be picking up as it flows through the pipes? Or should I buy water in a bottle and risk consuming leeched chemicals from the plastic, not to mention hurting the environment (plastic water bottles take 1000 years to biodegrade)? And if I do opt for store bought water, what should I purchase? Spring? Distilled? Glacial?

The more I read about water, the more confusing the facts. I find this to be the case with fish too (Eat it – it’s good for you! Don’t eat it – tuna contains mercury, fish handlers get infections when capturing rockfish, etc.!)

Here’s my current theory: instead of devoting myself to one type of water (tap, spring, well) I mix it up. That way, I figure I’ll get a variety of chemicals but (hopefully) in miniscule amounts. I take the same approach with fish. I’ll eat tuna on occasion, but not too often. Same with salmon and shrimp and sole. So that’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.  Š

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