I've got new wheels; he arrived today via UPS. I shall name him Wally, and he shall be my new wheelchair.
My old wheelchair had a few issues (really just a transport chair - the difference being transport chair has little wheels, new wheelchair has big wheels). Like the brakes only working when they felt like it. We may have worn out those brakes on the steep hills of San Francisco and Seattle. Also there was the brake that would fall and drag against the wheel. We tried fixing that but couldn't. And then there was the issue of the little wheels - not so good for off-roading in grass or on gravel, like at a Renaissance Faire. Rolly (the Rollstuhl - because we first used him in Germany, he got a German name, sort of) has been good and been many places (New Orleans and Colorado Springs are the two farthest away that I have yet to mention). Now it is time to take Wally for a test drive at the EAA Air Venture - hopefully mostly paving, but hopefully much easier to push in grassy areas.
Thanks, Rolly, for all the places we've trekked together. Hopefully Wally will see many more wonderful places and help me do many wonderful things I wouldn't normally have the energy to do.
France won the World Cup and all I got was a lesson in how to chill out - On Sunday I befriended a 20-year-old French kid named Etienne while sitting on the concrete railing of a walkway leading down to the Seine. We were gathere...
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