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[snort] I love this story....I never got to use m...

2006-11-07T12:17:00.000-06:00

[snort] I love this story....

I never got to use my scooter in school..but I have um, had some mobility problems that involved a wet shower seat rug burns and a hotel in Vegas...



My daftest wheelchair stuckness happened at the to...

2006-10-12T17:33:00.000-05:00

My daftest wheelchair stuckness happened at the top of a pre Roman hillfort - constructed say 2,500 years ago !
All the large and small ditches and mounds progessing up the hill to the top of the fort had been 'Enterprisingly' got over/through with the help of my six wheels, until the very last almost-at-the-top very little hump, which managed to thwart the electronic messages between the front wheels and the middle drive wheels. For some unknown reason, turning off the electrics and letting it all have a bit of a rest for a few minutes, did the trick. I bet the Romans didn't risk their chariots like that !



Doesn't involve two or more gimps, but still a fun...

2006-10-11T21:30:00.000-05:00

Doesn't involve two or more gimps, but still a funny college story:

I managed to short out my new power chair the day before the graduation ceremony for my undergrad. We found a loaner that was a HUGE E&J, and I had to stuff about three pillows around me to prop me in it. The worst part was that the joystick was on the left, and I've always driven with mine on the right. Going across the stage that morning, I'm sure more than one spectator thought I'd started celebrating a bit early. My sister and brother (also in wc's) laughed maniacally the entire time I was struggling up the ramp on one side, across the stage, down the ramp on the other side, and up the aisle -- weaving like I'd chugged a 40.



I too had two wc bound roomies in college. In the ...

2006-10-10T18:32:00.000-05:00

I too had two wc bound roomies in college. In the late 70's nothing much was accessible in Atlanta, Ga except the local strip clubs -- never figured why they went to so much trouble to provide parking, and accessible restrooms. I had more fun with those guys than anytime in my life, before, or since. Glad you brought back your memories.



Great stories, both!Another funny: I had a large b...

2006-10-09T23:06:00.000-05:00

Great stories, both!

Another funny: I had a large boatlike loaner scooter once that was just unwieldy to drive. Every time Anne saw me with it she'd start singing "Volare."



My friend Vic and I both tried out electric wheelc...

2006-10-09T16:00:00.000-05:00

My friend Vic and I both tried out electric wheelchairs at the same time and went shopping together. It got very, very silly. For one thing, two wheelchair-users together were looked on with great suspicion by shop clerks and the like, as if we'd escaped from somewhere. And because we were inexperienced, we did go down aisles in shops where we got stuck, we did run into shelves and knock things on the floor. But the best one was when we held up a elevator for about ten minutes because we were both in it, and because of the narrowness of the door and the presence of another wheelchair in the lift, neither of us could get out. Well, not easily.

On reflection, we might have tried to walk before we could run (you know what I mean), but we were teenagers and this world is not designed for the most experienced wheelie.



What a hilarious bonding experience! I can picture...

2006-10-09T09:18:00.000-05:00

What a hilarious bonding experience! I can picture it exactly!

I think that I have a similar situation when I am on the phone with S. We both have cognitive problems including memory loss and difficulties finding words as part of our gimpness, which leads to wonderful exchanges such as:
"... have I already told you about this?"
"I have no idea!"

Having both cognitive hiccups means that we can sometimes struggle so hard to find a word that in the mean time we manage to forget what we were talking about entirely!

We have a running joke that it is entirely possible that we actually have the same discussions in every call, because we would not notice. Mentioning this leads to endless hilarity.

If I have these same problems when I am talking to a TAB, I get frustrated... and if it is not somebody who knows me, I worry that they will assume that I am distracted or stupid (which both do happen). With another gimp it is still frustrating, but it is a shared understanding and often we end up laughing.

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