Archives for the Month of August, 2014

Style

Miss Swim / Library of Congress

Miss Swim / Library of Congress

An MIT lab is designing accessible fashion for the disabled.

Zippers, buttons, jewelry clasps, tight-fitting dresses, and jackets with linings are daily grievances for anyone with limited dexterity. -BostonGlobe

Are there fashion items that drive you crazy?

Cobblestones

Quincy Market / Library of Congress

Quincy Market / Library of Congress

Boston’s Quincy Market is a much copied model of urban revitalization. Old falling apart buildings became an outdoor historic chic shopping mall. The designers left the cobblestones on the ground to give it authenticity.

Boom!…. Damn! One of my biggest falls was on the stones of Quincy Market.

Cobblestones suck. Pave them. Pave them all.

Do you have falling stories?

Beach

Bathers / Library of Congress

Bathers / Library of Congress

We are going on a beach holiday to Martha’s Vineyard later this summer. Apparently President Obama thought this was a brilliant idea and will be there too. Then it turned out Hillary Clinton will also be there. I have good ideas.

Anyone else going somewhere splendid?

Cheese

Camerawoman / Library of Congress

Camerawoman / Library of Congress

There are tons of tourists visiting Boston now. Sometimes, when I walk by a historic monument, tourists hand me a camera and ask me to take their picture. Then they jump back into formation and smile broadly. Cheese!

Once I was in the Boston Public Garden when this happened. The only problem was that the camera button was on the right side, my bad side. So I had to explain, in pantomime because I didn’t speak their language, that I was disabled and I was happy to take their picture, but it would be upside down so I could use my left hand to click the button.

The tourists look slightly confused. Disability is more complicated than a vacation.

Do you have amusing disability stories?

Rebellion

Bath / Wellcome Images

Bath / Wellcome Images

At the hospital after brain surgery, I committed rebellious acts. I snuck out of my bed and went to the bathroom by myself, instead of ringing for the attendant and waiting a very long time. I only fell once, sprawled out on the gray industrial bathroom tile, feeling sorry for myself.

Did you commit rebellious acts?