[nabs-l] cane travel trip 2

T. Joseph Carter carter.tjoseph at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 00:49:17 UTC 2009


More thread necromancy for Joseph, yay!

At CCB, there is a thing we call the DNA pole.  Just about every 
student at the center has left some on it when they smack into it.  I 
managed to avoid it because I'm left-handed and naturally tended to 
find it with my cane.  At least, I managed until one day at the very 
end when not even wearing a sleepshade or anything, SMACK!

Joseph


On Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 03:25:38PM -0700, Sarah Alawami wrote:
>I remember in ther lcb there was one parkinglot everyone got lost in. The
>thing felt like pavement and you realised it when you hit cars that were not
>moving and the trafic on trenton sounded suddenly very far away. I wandered
>in to that parkinglot every time I traveled back to the center.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
>Of Angela fowler
>Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 9:06 AM
>To: 'National Association of Blind Students mailing list'
>Subject: Re: [nabs-l] cane travel trip 2
>
>Jim,
>	Just wanted to say congratulations on taking that cane for a test
>drive and keeping after it despite the frustrations. Once you get the hang
>of it you will find it a big help.
>	A couple of points, do you know the general orientation of the
>neighborhood in which you live? What I mean is, if I'm walking down X street
>and toward X landmark I'm walking south if I have not passed that landmark.
>If I walk down my driveway and turn right, I'm walking east. Once you have
>that down you can keep your direction easier. I was walking east, and I
>turned left, so now I'm walking north. 
>	If you get an NFB cane, I think you will have a much easier dime
>detecting the change from concrete to asphalt which indicates that you have
>drifted into the street. As for large parking lots, I've been using a cane
>all my life and I still hate them LOL.
>	Once again, good work. The more you use the cane, the more
>comfortable you will be with it. 
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf
>Of Jim Reed
>Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 12:15 AM
>To: MAB List; NABS mail list
>Subject: [nabs-l] cane travel trip 2
>
>Hey all,
>The mobility part is easy, its the orientation part that is going to be hard
>to master. I decided to wear my sunglasses at night to make it more
>challenging, I think sunglasses are a good compramize to sleepshades at
>night, at least for now while Im trying to learn the basics. With the
>sunglasses on,  I got turned around once, and then overshot my house by two
>blocks. When I got lost I took off my sunglasses and was able to find my
>way. I'm still trying to figure out how I got turned around the first time.
>I ended up heading west when I wanted to go east. I realized my mistake when
>I was walking past my gym in the wrong direction. If I hadn't passed the
>gym, I'd be one county over by now.  Oh, by the way, large parking lots are
>a pain as well. As are streets without sidewalks. and very large sidewalks.
>and wheel chair accessable curbs that allow you to breeze into the street
>without knowing your in the street until you run into the curb on the other
>side (I was on quiet residential streets with no traffic at midnight, I was
>safe). 
>
>I did get nervous when I heard some people somewhere near me; a cane make
>you an awfully big target. I'm a big guy, its not often I feel vulnerable.
>
>Thanks,
>Jim
>
>"From compromise and things half done,
>Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,
>And when at last the fight is won,
>... Keep me still unsatisfied." --Louis Untermeyer
>
>
>      
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