|This entry doesn't immediately seem to fit into this blog, because what it's about doesn't immediately fit with what this story is about. But, it is. Why? Because what I'm about is the minimizing the differences between myself, and someone who hasn't suffered an injury that's rendered them unable to drive. Put it this way, with what Elon is thinking, while the notion of my being able get into a Tesla is highly-unlikely (simply because of cost), the concept of taking one alone is impossible. However, with what he's proposing, not only will riding in one be possible, but doing so alone.|
|Teslas, are cooler than pretty much anything, of that there's no doubt, but they're not cheap! But, as with everything, while the price starts high, as skills/production/everything else improves, the cost to make will reduce.|
|Visionaries don't see the cost of making things, nor do they worry about "little things" that would get in the way, because all they see is the result.|
|Everything that's designed follows a 3-step process of questions, which is "what do we need?", followed by "how do we do it". At the centre is why it's being thought of. Nearly every invention follows the process, starting at the outside, and working in. Steve Jobs, who invented the Mac computers, followed it, but reversed the order. He thought of why what he's inventing is needed. He solved it, and worked out.|
|Elon Musk is a visionary, of that there's no doubt, because he's making going to space more of a common-thing, and now he's announced that he'll be into making self-driving taxis.|
|I'm looking at my computer, the where I store my info for backup, and this will show more of what I just said.|
|Everything that's somewhat standard now was "holy cow, that's awesome!!" when it was first launched, and cost a fortune. In a long time, cars like this will likely simply be "just a car", and the fact that it's driverless, and a taxi, won't be anything weird.|
Brain injuries only exist in only two ways: Penetrating, or closed. Basically, and it’s self-explanatory, either something goes through your skin and skull, or your brain is shaken, and hits your skull.
While penetrating is exciting-sounding, such as getting shot, having a harpoon go in, or something equally exotic, they’re few and far between. The closed injuries are more complicated, and far more prevalent. There’s a type of injury that’s a gazillion times more prevalent than the others, so I’ll simply mention them: epidural hematomas, subdural hematomas, and cerebral aneurysm.
Concussions are so common, and misunderstood, such that President Trump said ‘Uh oh, got a little ding on the head?’when asked about concussions in football.
Yeah, that’s real tough talk. For years, researchers have worked to show the serious consequences of those “dings” Trump dismisses (with his signature bullying sarcasm). “Concussion. Oh, oh!” — the science has found that the cumulative effects of all those dings can be deadly. In March, the NFL acknowledged a link between playing football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease. CTE symptoms include depression, memory loss and aggressive behaviour: several NFL players who committed suicide,
C’mon Trump, get serious. You’re in charge of the USA, and dismissing such a serious thing as a concussion as “a ding on the head” is an error, of galactic proportions.
|Richmond is served by an awesome group of medical folks, of that there's no question. However, where they operated from was a rental facility, owned and operated by a commercial venture, who decided on what's available strictly on cost. The facility was "accessible", but it met the minimum of access, but it wasn't.|
as tenants in a building owned by not-doctors
|The entrance, up with two steps. Inside the front door was another rise, up four steps.|
|This is the view of the path, including the hill. In order to avoid the 4 stairs, I was required to go through the door, up the path, and ring a doorbell. I entered through the print-closet, with the printer and papers.|
|This is the pharmacy. Technically it's accessible, but while the door was powered, it opened and I was required to immediately turn 90 degrees to my right. Then, press a door-opener for the second door, that opened inwards.|
|Two years ago they began construction on a new facility, that would be both owned, and operated by, the medical facility. And, not only would it be fully-accessible, but the drug store would also move in! It opened 8 months ago, it's awesome, because they are!|
|The building is where it is, and it's entirely theirs!
Not only is it accessible for me to walk in, but I can DRIVE in!
This is the doctor's offices.
|Not only can I get in to see my doctor, but also to the drug store!|
|Disabilities, in general, are being noticed more, and solutions are being put forward. This new building solves two significant challenges, in a magnificent way.|
Chances are good, that when you read that, you thought “what the heck is an Alinker??” Well, the Alinker is a three-wheeled walking bike designed to help people stay active, do what they love, and live life to the fullest.
Basically, what it does is enable the person using it to learn how to propel themselves forwards at a velocity comparable to an able-bodied person running, or faster.
This is me trying one, after the most-basic of training. Basically, I didn’t fall off, but I thought I might.
On Race Weekend, I’ll be with a whole group of Alinkers, up to 50 in total.
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I posted someone else’s story, about the not-quite-accessible status of places she goes. I’d said that I agree, that while I’m able to walk when needed, but achieving the minimum level of accessibility to be “certified”, and get the tax-break, without making it truly accessible, is wrong.
I follow all traffic rules, stopping at stop signs and the like, because “they” require me to park it like a car when I get to some stores.
There has been a lot of talk about concussions, including the movie with Will Smith, but for the life of me I still am stunned/amazed/shocked at the number of times that I see or hear people who have no idea how prevalent it is, or pretty much anything about them.
OTTAWA — Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.
Please read this article, learn about it, and be part of the small percentage of people who know about the injury.
Thanks to technology what was once straightforward, like fixing your car, is beyond the norm for most people. Everything is getting more complex, with high-tech means of doing what was once straightforward, that doing something yourself isn’t the norm anymore. But, while with the evolution of technology came the complication of what used to be simple, comes the the next evolution. What was once simple, but made complex, has entered a whole new dimension. With the evolution of Tesla, cars that were once simple, are now ultra-complex. However, people don’t think that they could fix it, because they never used to. The change to ultra high tech has another plus, people don’t feel bad for not knowing how to fix it.
I was stressing a bit the last little while, because while the weather wasn’t terrible, it was to rain the three days before, and it was to be misty that day. But, I checked this morning, and holy cow, it’s more than perfect. The day before will be sunny, which might be a bit hot, but on walk-day it’ll be PERFECT.
The media-push is starting. This morning, in about 2 hours, I’ll be on the radio! And, on Tuesday I’ll be on TV! There’s something that I’d like to share there, that’s not done by typing, is the fact that while a brain injury can be debilitating, it’s sometimes invisible. I’ve hated how I was, a lot sometimes, but in the last little while I’ve come to realize that it could be worse. I’m visibly-disabled, because I can’t walk properly, I wear prism glasses, and I have a speech impediment. I’m offered help, cars stop for me to cross, and I don’t ever need to ask for help.