[nagdu] What a night!

Dudley Hanks dhanks at dudley-hanks.com
Fri Sep 26 12:52:41 UTC 2014

Congrats, job well done.

Don't know if this helps, but I use an app called Ariadne GPS.

It's like a glorified compass that allows blind users to get a bit of
feedback about their surroundings.

If you've marked a location as a favourite, it gives you compass headings
for both North and your destination.

By running your finger over the screen, you can get feedback about what's in
front or behind your position.

Best of all, you don't have to keep moving to keep direction info updated.
You just rotate your device and it updates itself instantly.

It is configurable to either give headings for both true North and your
favourite in degrees, or true North in degrees and your fav in clock

It appears to be accurate to within a degree or two.

I can't remember what I paid for it, but it wasn't much.

Take Care,
Dudley, with Michener

-----Original Message-----
From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Daryl Marie via
Sent: September-26-14 6:22 AM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] What a night!

So for the past month I have been gearing up for a fundraiser for the blind
sports association; we've had training sessions three times a week to get
ready.  We meet at a university campus at a building that no one seems to
know what or where it is, my GPS has never been able to find it, and we have
gotten there six different ways!

My trainer works in that building, and one day last week I went with her.
We took a rather circuitous route from the train station, but we got there
just fine.  So I figured that last night... hey! I kinda know where I'm
going, I can get there!

Well........ not really.

Jenny and I did just fine leaving the train station, wen down the ramp, past
the station itself, up a flight of stairs...
I don't know how we did it, but we took a wrong turn somewhere and wound up
at a theatre; it's not that far from the university as far as I know, but
you have to cut through somewhere along the way, and I had NO idea what that
was.  I whipped out my phone, plugged the building address into the GPS, and
figured "OK, now I am good!"
This whole time, Jenny had been super calm and super focused; usually in
unfamiliar surroundings, or if she is very confused, she will walk very
quickly, not listen to commands, or display other anxious behavior... but
not last night! We walked.... and walked... and walked! Past the theatre,
through the endless parcade, and several blocks before we could turn and get
out of there.  She found me the light post without sniffing the bottom, and
we crossed happily.  We walked again, down a busy street, and crossed it
when we got to the university complex...  Jenny took me to a building, then
when it wasn't the one we wanted, she took me to a green space where she put
up her front paws and looked up at me; I took off her harness, she relieved,
then back on the harness she went!
But we were still lost!
Finally I came across a group of students and asked for directions.  Two of
them were willing to walk with me, so we kept on walking! By this time Jenny
was starting to pant and was quite obviously getting tired; but she kept her
cool! We cut through the student union building, she listened to every
single command I gave her, and made it through and entire food court with
tons of students and no problems!

We finally made it to the building, right on time, and met up with my group
and my husband.  Jenny was so excited to see everyone! But she sat and
waited for me to take off her harness so she could say hi to my husband. I
let her have a big drink of water, and then let her get out some of that
excess energy by running around the group saying hi to everyone.  She ran
around and did what we call idiot circles all around the group, but came
back and sat calmly and stayed with my husband while I ran.

This whole thing took over 45 minutes... but I couldn't be happier.  It has
proven something to me about myself and my dog...
we can get lost, but we are a team... and we can make it together

Daryl and Jenny (who got a well-deserved snuggle last night, and actually
fell asleep in the front seat of the car)

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