Friday, December 26, 2008

Handicap Parking

I sort of got away from adaptive equipment a little. I promise to get back to it in earnest shortly.

Does it bother you as much as it bothers me when someone that is not handicapped, parks in a handicapped parking space? Or, when someone that is completely able to walk dupes the system, gets a handicapped parking permit and deprives someone of that space?

"Sorry about that, I will just be a minute" How many times have you heard that?
A couple of years ago, someone parked in a handicapped space at the moment of my needing it, depriving me of that space. I opened the car door and yelled to my wife to please get my WHEELCHAIR. For some odd reason, the person that took my space, got religion and moved the car. There was no confrontation or words over the issue. I don't recommend anyone start a fight. Most people that realize what they have done will reverse it anyway.

Well, to blow off some steam, just watch the movie, "Me, Myself, and Irene". There is a great scene when Jim Carrey thinks somebody wrongly parked in a handicapped space.

Also, go to and type in "Handicapped Parking". There are a lot of homemade videos on the subject. Some are pretty funny.

Have a Good Day and Try to Laugh

Thursday, December 25, 2008

People Drive Us Crazy

-- when they say crazy things. That kind of stuff will all go in my movie and make me money!
Things such as:
"How are you? No really, how are you?" The tone is pseudo-caring. Really, they do care. It's just weird.

Many people will speak to my wife instead of me and say something like, "does he get out much?", "does he work?", when answered affirmatively, we get responses such as, "that's just great!", "really, good for him!".

I am not a militant handicapped person and I do not look for trouble. I am just observant.

More to follow. It just has to happen and I have to remember it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008


I bought a Dodge Minivan back in 2000. It is equipped with a lowered floor and an automatic ramp. There is also a In-floor Locking System which holds the wheelchair in place. That is extremely effective and I can't live without it. By the way, I no longer drive. My wife drives me wherever I need to go. I will post some links to the van modifier that I use. If you live in Connecticut it will help you. I will send those links later today.

Please let me know what you are doing. Thanks

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Things that aggravate a disabled person


This is the opening post for my new blog. I hope it sets a proper tone and that everyone can get a little help to make their day go that much easier. I have multiple sclerosis and am wheelchair bound. To make matters a little bit more difficult, I can not use my arms or hands.

This is one of the things that I have found out in the world that frustrate me.

1. My wheelchair is not much different than a small automobile. That makes sitting at tables and going out rather difficult. At home, we have either had custom tables built or we put blocks under the legs.

-- what have you done? I did see a table that you could pump up the height. Where can I find one?

I will be posting regularly about topics such as this one. Please leave your comments and any links to appropriate products that can handle this.