Continuing our New Jersey theme, here’s Damon’s account of Newark airport’s version of assistance for the visually impaired:
Interestingly my girlfriend, who is also visually impaired, was allowed to follow the man while he took me first to a toilet (where I jumped out of the chair and left him) then to the baggage collection area (where I handled a big case onto a trolley) and then to a yellow taxi (who was going to refuse me because his cab wasn’t wheelchair accessible, until I stood up and confused him).
We did toy with the idea of sharing the wheelchair. Me for the first fifty yards then girlfriend for the next fifty just to make a point. We decided this was plain silly. Then I came up with the idea of standing up on the seat of the wheelchair to show passers-by that I’m better than your average wheeler: “Eat my stamina” I was going to shout. I was also considering a Jesus crucifix pose while standing up and being pushed actually … thought I’d add that because I might just as well offend as many people as I can with this article the way it’s going.
Great article. Loved the line where the little girl exclaims that he’s blind and Damon notes shes’ able to see past the wheelchair! LOL