From: Lucas Gonze (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 28 2000 - 14:21:17 PDT
I usually do the boy scout thing. Have found that it is rarely resented unless
I stick around afterwards.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Strata Rose Chalup [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 2:34 PM
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> Subject: Re: Being Crippled Sucks
> 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 dot.com 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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