[nabs-l] Line Ups

Harry Hogue harryhogue at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 1 03:39:20 UTC 2008


Colby,
 
I used a guide dog for a couple of years, when I realized that he was too interested in being a puppy, and in the interest of total honest I was probably a bit immature/lazy.  What I later came to realize, though, is that I had gotten a guide dog for the wrong reasons - I thought he would solve all my problems.  What threw me was the lack of any kind of tactile feedback--all my landmarks were gone!  <smile> I never could get the hang of that.  Not discouraging you at all -- I'm just interested why you decided to get a dog?  I thought I knew at sixteen and had the right idea, but looking back at twenty-two I realize that I was going about it all wrong.
 
And yes, I'll agree with the other person who said that a guide dog does make a great conversation piece--it also, as I found out first hand, can require you to have the police called when restaurant owners don't understand the laws about service animals--and my dad and I still got to sit in the back of the restaurant at a table by ourselvves, although I was too tired of trying to explain to the man about the dog at that point that I let it go.  LOL
 
I also understand about frustration with routes, but one thing builds on another and on another and so forth.  One day you will look up and realize that you know more than you thought you did.

Take care all,
 
Harry

--- On Sun, 11/30/08, Kolby Garrison <kolbygarrison at triad.rr.com> wrote:

From: Kolby Garrison <kolbygarrison at triad.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Line Ups
To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'" <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
Date: Sunday, November 30, 2008, 8:38 PM

Hannah, Sarah, and all,
You are not alone in feeling the way that you do about asking for help or
refusing help when it is offered to you. I struggled with the same thing all
through High School, and even in to my 1st semester of College. I learned
very quickly that sometimes accepting help and even asking for assistance is
nothing to be ashamed of, because sighted people do the same thing as well.
I am currently a Sophomore in College, and I am working with my 1st Guide
Dog. Sunny has opened so many doors for me, but I still have trouble asking
for help and accepting help because of wanting to be independent. I received
Sunny in June of this year, and transitioning from the cane to the Guide Dog
was somewhat difficult for me. I needed a lot of help on campus in the
beginning, despite having worked my routes with Sunny multiple times over
the summer. Though I will not ever go back to using the cane again and will
be partnering with a Guide Dog for the rest of my life, I now realize that
asking for help and accepting help is a necessary part of being independent
and that in fact my doing so enhances my independence.
Thank you for letting me share my 2 cents worth,
Kolby

-----Original Message-----
From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
Of hannah
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 8:33 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Line Ups

I sometimes feel that way too, but it's something we all have to 
try to get over...

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Sarah Jevnikar" <sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca
>To: "'National Association of Blind Students mailing
list'" 
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 19:58:41 -0500
>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Line Ups

>I think I have pride issues too.  Even if someone asks me if I 
need help I'm
>likely to say no just I hate to admit I need help.  But that's 
just something
>to deal with.
>Sarah

>-----Original Message-----
>From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org 
[mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
>Of Albert Yoo
>Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2008 6:25 PM
>To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] Line Ups


>Sarah, I feel the same way in an unfamiliararea.  How do you know 
who to ask
>if you don't know any one in your cafeteria? I guess you have to 
ask and
>that will get over the shyness.  I think other blind people feel 
the same
>way.  A person who could see would feel the same way.  I don't 
think it is
>just blind people that it is hard to ask some one for directions 
or any
>questions in an unfamiliar area.  It is not so hard if some one 
comes up to
>me and starts talking to me.  Asking some one else who I don't 
know is not as
>easy.  Albert > From: sarah.jevnikar at utoronto.ca> To: 
nabs-l at nfbnet.org
>Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 02:29:52 -0500> Subject: [nabs-l] Line 
Ups> > Hi
>All,> I was in my university cafeteria today and thought of one 
aspect we
>hadn't> yet discussed.  How do you guys manage line ups? How do 
you know if
>it's your> turn or where the line ends? In my caf there are 
several lines
>that converge> so things can get confusing.  I know the obvious 
thing would
>be to ask the> people near y!
> ou, but I find I get shy and tongue-tied when I'm in unfamiliar> 
settings
>alone so sometimes that doesn't work so well.  Any other 
thoughts?> Thank
>you,> Sarah> > >
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