Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shopping In A Wheelchair

The day after my surgery I decided to go with my dear wife to get some groceries. I completely underestimated the effects of surgery/anesthesia. But what troubled me even more was the experience of shopping while in a wheelchair.It was a humbling hour.I asked the store to provide me with a chair/cart as I was on crutches. A staff promptly got one for me. It was a manual wheelchair with a basket built on the front. After a few minutes of use I discovered that this chair was not made by anyone who uses one. As I tried to push the wheels my arms would bump the side of the backrest resulting in a painful spot on each arm the next day. I was cut off 3 times once by a young staff member. Many of the items I tried to reach in the store I could not due to them being placed high on shelves or freezers. It was the same when I tried to get fresh meat. After all that came the check out. This store gets the client to do their own bagging. More difficulties. Now I am sure with practice I could become better at this but some things I simply could not do without help. And folks where quick to help when I asked them to. So after an hour or so I took myself to the customer service counter to return the awful chair/cart. And I decided to take a minute to relay my experience to the clerk from my new perspective. (I was humbled and have a new respect for our disabled citizens). She promptly defended the cart I was given. She even suggested that I should have been given one of there new electric ones. I was told that's why disabled people bring someone with them. To help them reach stuff. I offered that would be a good thing if the person had such a friend. Sadly as our conversation ended I realized that the store nor some of the staff had clue what some of their customers face when trying to do business there. There was simply no acknowledgment that there where areas that could use improvement. Needless to say I have acquired a new respect for what our disabled face during an average day

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Finally The Foot

The tendons that where supposed to be attached to the 5th where popped off with a bit of bone but finally it has been repaired. This took our modern medical system 4.5 years to accomplish. I am told it went well and now I wait a month to see how it heals and then an air cast for another two weeks then we get the rehab

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HTC Desire

My dear wife helped me make the switch to a smart phone. I choose the above mentioned device and I must say I am quite amazed. Android has come a very long way since 1.6. This unit is running 2.2 Froyo and it is sweet

Monday, November 08, 2010

Sent from a friend

Being grateful for what we have today doesn't mean we have to have that forever. It means we acknowledge that what we have today is what we're supposed to have today. There is enough . . . And all we need will come to us.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. . . It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
True gratitude, like true love, must find expression in acts, not words.

Author unknown to me

Saturday, November 06, 2010

I like it

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
- Douglas Adams

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Mint Linux 10 code name "Julia"

Hiking to Pemby Launch


We found the road too greasy so we hiked the last 200 meters to launch. This is yours truly making his way to the top only to be denied because it was too strong.
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