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Fun With Kids: Sharing the Coolness of My One Handed Life – OHS007

A picture of AlejAndro, Chloe, and Vivian and the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor's Center

AlejAndro and his two new friends who he met because they asked about his hand

I could tell the dark haired girl wanted to ask me about my hand only minutes after arriving at the Grand Coulee Dam Visitor’s center. I was there on work. The staff did not know I was a Reclamation employee. Therefore, I took the opportunity to just be a regular visitor and enjoy the displays. That is when I noticed little Chloe looking at me. She wanted to tell her friend to look at me when I “kinda” caught them staring. They seemed more curious than anything. So I gave them so room to just look at me while I pretended to view a display case. I knew if I got closer they would have a better chance of asking me a question. Working with kids in my martial art Aikido school and traveling around the world as a professional speaker and youth empowerment advocate has allowed me to create potential greatness to unfold. As I approached the display case right next to them Chloe did not ask me a question. She actually made a statement. And from the opening I created our moment blossomed into a most beautiful, special, and enjoyable interaction.

Show Notes:

  • Inviting people to ask me “the Question.”
  • Giving children (and adults) the opportunity to look at me.
  • Making everything OK.

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Play your hand,
AlejAndro

What I saw at the End of a Rainbow – OHS006

A beautiful scene of a rainbow in nature.

A beautiful scene of a rainbow in nature. What is at the end of a rainbow?

Here is a great short story of the time I actually saw the end of a rainbow! Or was it the beginning of a rainbow? Regardless it was certainly one of the two. It was when I went to pick up my Buddhist Teacher, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche from the Boise, Idaho airport. He was here to teach a weekend retreat in New Meadows, Idaho just past the city of McCall.

After his plane landed and we were walking out the front doors of the airport we were both stopped in our tracks at the sight we were seeing. I almost could not breathe and we both could not move. The sight was beyond anything I have ever seen in nature. To this day I still have not seen anything so beautifully profound and rare. In that moment I realized what is meant by the, “pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” And I have my Buddhist Teacher with me!

Show Notes:

  • I am telling a story of seeing the end (or the beginning) of a rainbow.

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AlejAndro

HELP WANTED: Finding a Job in a Two Handed World and Encouraging Disability Employment – OHS005

AlejAndro smiling and happy being employed in a two handed world with the Bureau of Reclamation

AlejAndro Anastasio smiling and happy being employed in a two handed world with the Bureau of Reclamation

Here is a talk I did for the Bureau of Reclamation about Disability Employment and the benefits of hiring people with Disabilities. I was asked to speak as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This talk covers mostly the good side of my experiences as a one handed worker. However, I do cover some areas that were not so cool. And in all do fairness finding work with one hand was incredible difficult at times. I found it more challenging to work with other people’s perception of me and my potential as an employee than dealing with my own disability. My experiences looking for work in my late teens and early twenties truly had me look and myself and others. In my late twenties I was hired as a graphic designer by the Bureau of Reclamation under the Schedule A hiring practice to help hire people with disabilities.

So much can be said about the human condition. And in my standard process of sharing my one handed life with a positive overtone, humor, and life lessons I hope to bring a higher quality of human to our condition. Please enjoy my stories and unique perspective as I take it to the job workin’ it 9-to-5.

Show Notes:

  • Secret techniques for getting hired with one hand.
  • Talk giving offering my perspective as someone with a disability looking for a job.
  • Dealing with other people’s discrimination.
  • Why I would rather not work for some people.
  • My first truly bad experience trying to find a job with one hand in a two handed world.

Resources

  • USAjobs.com – Uncle Sam hires people with disabilities. Things you need to know. 
  • Disability Job Exchange – Looking for work? Look Here!
  • OPM.ORG – Federal hiring guidelines for hiring people with disabilities.

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AlejAndro

Solo International Disabled Traveling with One Hand – OHS004

Solo International One Handed Disabled traveling Pic. The shrine of Borobudur and AlejAndro with friends in Malaysia

Solo international one handed disabled traveling while competing at the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Here I am at the Buddhist Temple of Borobudur in Indonesia and with friends in Melaka, Malaysia.

Solo traveling international style with one hand has it’s own flavor. Disabled traveling has an entirely different set of concerns, considerations, and contemplations. Carrying my bags, safety and security, and managing are just a few of the topics I cover in this uniquely crafted podcast about one handed traveling. One of the things that makes disabled international travel so interesting is how different cultures perceive me and my body. I get different looks and reactions to my one-handedness based on the country and culture. Finland was a very different experience than Malaysia.

But what I really want to share is all the cool things I learned about myself as a one handed human. Not to mention learning all these great insights into the life of a disabled traveler. If you have one hand your are going to love this podcast. And if you have two or more hands I think you will find it both funny and educational.

Show Notes:

  • Talking about some of the quirks and considerations about traveling with one hand.
  • Sharing experiences just getting on a plane.
  • Examining how other cultures and countries perceive me as a one handed person.
  • Security and safety as a disabled traveler.
  • Life lessons learned from one handed international solo travel.

Resources:

  • The Disabled Traveler –  Justin Skeesuck teaches you how to travel with limited mobility.
  • Zach Gowen A one legged superstar, A World Wrestling Entertainment champion, a professional speakers and all around great guy! @zachgowen
  • Rebekah Marine The Bionic Model, Rebekah Marine is a true inspiration! @rebekahmarine
  • Nicole Kelly – Speaker, educational lecturer, Miss Iowa 2013, mentor and advocate. @missnicolekelly
  • Nubability Athletes – We elevate the game of kids with limb-differences in main-streamed organized sports with encouragement, instruction and inspiration from over 70 accomplished limb-different athletes. #dontneed2
  • Ryan Haack Author of “Different is Awesome!” and making true change in the world! See more at LivingOneHanded.com

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AlejAndro

Life Lessons Learned Working at World Class Chili! A Chili Parlor in Seattle’s Pike Place Market – OHS003

AlejAndro with Joe Canavan of World Class Chili in Seattle's Pike Place Market

AlejAndro with Joe Canavan of World Class Chili in Seattle’s Pike Place Market

World Class Chili in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. A chili parlor… I learned so many life lessons here. This little hole in the wall eatery was ranked top 20 in the world for chili! Who knew chili ran that deep? I did not. But I quickly learned. It was a one man show run by this guy named Joe Canavan. All I can really say about Joe is, “they do not make people like him anymore!”

I worked for Joe for over two years in the mid 90s. That was the era of the quite popular TV series called “Sienfeld.” I was working for Joe when the “Soup Nazi” episode aired. The next day and every day since that episode Joe Canavan was forever know as the “Chili Nazi” or the “Soup Nazi of Chili.” Everything made so much more sense after that day. If you think that episode was funny, try working for the “Chili Nazi!”

I could write a book about all the crazy, insane, and out of this world experiences I had at World Class Chili. But I will start with some podcasts. I cannot say enough good things about the lessons I learned or how deeply Joe Canavan changed my life… But I will try.

Show Notes:

  • Another live audience talk recorded at story story night in Boise, Idaho.
  • Pike Place employment at Jack’s Fish Spot and Emmett Watson’s Oyster Bar.
  • How Nancy at the Pike Place Market Creamery helped me get my job at World Class Chili… I think?!
  • Working for Joe Canavan at World Class Chili.
  • A Pike Place Market standing ovation after two years working “hard time” for Joe.
  • The lessons learned working at a hole in the wall chili parlor.

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AlejAndro

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