Living and laughing with a disability - cerebral palsy; ordinary life, extraordinary circumstances.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
We took Eric to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Only $7 to get in, lots of artifacts and historic photos. I loved the old logging truck - it still runs and is used in parades. We drove down to Hood River and watched the wind boarders...that was cool!
Jodie and I went down to Lincoln City for the night to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We had a nice, accessible room at Ashley Suites. We parked by the beach. The highlight was Chinook Winds. I was sitting by this one lady who kind of reminded me of Grandma D. She was coaching me on what do do on the penny slot...as if I don't know how to lose money myself! I got done to zero, and she put one of her bucks in. I quickly turned that into five!
For me, the magic of the casino is watching the people. All ages, all walks of life...all there to win big. We are all different in how we look and act...but we are all the same in what we want. We all want security, and we see a shot of financial security.
Jodie and I each won a small pot of security. I played mine down to zero...we had two ribeye dinners on Jodie's at the wonderful restaurant upstairs at Chinook Winds. Yes, I know who the smart one of this duo is...
During vacation, we took in the state fair. We have been going every year since getting our scooters nine years ago. Mom and John met us there this year. Jodie, I and Eric only had to pay for one this year...almost as good of deal as last year when a worker called us through the side gate. It happened to be on one of the few hot days we have had this summer. Great onion rings, cool 3-d art...fun watching the farm kids trying to keep their goats quiet while they were being judged. We found our favorite backpack vendor and got one for Eric for school.
I know...not hugely interesting. But two weeks off work...priceless!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
We are on vacation this week. We took the lightrail downtown to the main Tri-Met office to turn in the application. It was not accepted. No photocopies, has to be original.. Jodie is in her power chair and has ID. No go.
She did not argue. Rules is rules. We are state workers; we understand.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing,” the excerpt says. “Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to ... set the Universe going.”
Friday, September 03, 2010
On Wednesday I took our Sprinter into the shop. We have had the van for three years and have dealt with a hanging ceiling panel...a missing snap. Hard to explain...easier to show. One missing snap has turned into six...the ceiling is falling! My cousin Kevin is the shop manager...I showed him what was happening...he ordered some new snaps to fix it.
Jodie has had her power chair since December. We have had trouble with the lift stalling when we are lifting Jodie into the van. The lift was geared for us to back on to be lifted; Jodie has been coming front first to be loaded...and, duh, not working to well. Jodie, Eric and I were at the lift shop for a couple hours yesterday for a tuneup and to fix it so we could front load.
It worked at the shop...of course.
We made some stops on the way home...the lift stalled each time on us. We had to hand crank it.
We stopped at Cathedral Park on the way home...very beautiful place!
When we got home, we tried something. We pushed my scooter closer to the backseat, put my walker on my scooter, then had Jodie turn her chair around in the van. It was tight, but it seemed to work. Jodie transfers from her chair to the seat in the van.
Today we are going to see if Jodie can just back in and then walk around her chair.
Trial and error...always!