Re: Being Crippled Sucks

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From: Strata Rose Chalup (
Date: Thu Sep 28 2000 - 11:33:33 PDT

I always find myself trying to size up someone individually and figure
out if they will be offended if I offer to help. It runs about 90/10 in
favor of helping, but the 10 percent can be very very vocal.

I think this one needs a media plot-- a major movie, tv show, or book
featuring a character who invents some kind of sign, like wearing a
yellow flower or a blue smiley face or whatever that means "I can take
care of myself, but I wouldn't mind a hand now and then". Then we could
just parse for the token and know what to do.


Rohit Khare wrote:
> As a few of you know, I'm wearing a cast these days with pins in my
> feet as the result of totalling a pickup truck in LA when I was
> packing up and moving out.
> First, a word of thanks for technology. In a crash involving several
> vehicles and a flipped SUV, every single person walked away.
> Seatbelts and airbags rule.
> Always wear your safety belt. Always invest in technology. Never
> invest in an SUV.
> Anyway, I'm writing this from the sidewalk in front of San Jose
> baggage claim, in front of a SJ Murky newsrack whose front page
> decries deaths, the highest job losses since December, and a
> moratorium on new .com businesses in Redwood City and San Mateo.
> This is approximately twenty feet from the baggage claim, from whence
> I hauled two pieces of serious luggage.
> The baggage claim is a hundred feet from the lobby.
> The lobby is a hundred and fifty feet from the Alaska Air gates.
> The Alaska Air gate is fifty feet from the jet, across the tarmac.
> The jet is up 30 stairs, with a glossy, shiny, ultraslippery railing
> on both sides.
> The jet stairs are 15 rows down from coach.
> No one has offered to help.
> Now, I'm not the most sympathetic person in the world, and I
> certainly can and did take care of myself. I don't feel at all
> injusticed or angry or sad, just exhausted.
> Since Adam had to go get the rental car from, oh, Reno (at the rate
> that this !$%^# renovation project has taken to remove rentals from
> the terminal), I stole a wheelchair from the curbside outside Alaska
> -- yes, stole, from the dirty looks and lecture of the
> we're-shutting-down-the-airport-tonight-whaddya-expect-service?
> school of support. It, like most airport wheelchairs in my few weeks'
> experience, is a total frankenpile of shit. The brakes don't work,
> the wheels are misaligned, the footrests won't fold out of the way,
> and is generally as stable as a pile of tinkertoys for a 300lb CEO.
> And don't forget to balance those crutches across your lap as you
> push your way forward on one good leg.
> And don't forget not to push too hard and almost tilt the whole
> contraption over a few times, all but landing on your cast before you
> remember you can't.
> And don't forget to balance your jacket across those crutches between
> your thighs because it's chilly in Seattle but even in a silk
> Hawaiian shirt you'll be sweating to the oldies as the muzak wafts by.
> But don't, in any case, expect a look of sympathy, concern, or
> involvement from the milling civillians, police, and airport staff.
> [Kudos, by the way, for the Napster-shirt wearing geek who carried my
> crutches down the airstairs].
> It's too bad there aren't social transactions for exchanging contact
> and recognition short of pity and full involvement. I don't feel at
> all injusticed. I just feel invisible.
> Not for long,
> Rohit
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Strata Rose Chalup []   |, KF6NBZ
Director of Network Operations            |       VirtualNet Consulting
KnowNow, Inc []     |

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