Thursday, May 20, 2010
OK, I don't know what was going on when this picture was taken, but clearly I wasn't happy. We've looked at it any number of times and laughed. I have a dear friend who can freeze a room with an arched eyebrow - well, I challenge her with my 'withering look'. It seemed to be the perfect picture for today's blog.
I was out sick for several days, yesterday I didn't even manage to write a blog. A rare thing here on Rolling Around in My Head but I wasn't well and I hadn't been out, I couldn't think of a thing to say and didn't have the energy to say it if I had. As you can tell from my reasoning, I'm still a bit foggy.
But today, I went out for the first time in days. Even though I enjoyed feeling the wind on my skin, I was still sitting just to the left of miserable. So things just annoyed me. Here's the top three things that ticked me off today.
1) A compliment. I love a compliment, 'good job' 'enjoy your blog' 'liked your lecture', all those are gratefully received. But I don't like getting complimented for being a competent cripple. In a voice reserved for praising a dog for taking a poo outside, 'You drive that chair well.' Grrrrr. If you want to strike up a conversation with me - use the weather. I will never, ever, ever, compliment you for walking upright, so don't compliment me for rolling well. Today, I got on the elevator and these two guys, I think father and son, said, 'You are sure good at getting around.' I smiled, looked at Joe who had his patented 'down boy, down boy,' look on his face so I just simply said, 'Lovely day.'
2) A comment. We were at Whole Foods Market and as Joe was in the line up I went outside. The Market is in a very upscale part of town. We always feel that we need to spruce up just to go there. I went over to a lovely waterfall just outside the door just as a Mother and Son were walking in front of it. I only heard a snippet of conversation, Boy: I feel sorry for poor people. Mom: You shouldn't feel sorry for them, they just need to work harder. OK, there is terrific, terrific parenting. I scooted out of there before she started in on the uselessness of disabled people. Who breeds these people?
3) A curb. Well, calling it a curb is an act of kindness or self delusion. It's construction season and therefore many of the roads around here are ripped up. We'd come along to a curb at a busy corner. They'd constructed a ramp out of what looked like cardboard and it had a sharp right angle turn at the bottom, not making that turn would land you right into the fence and possibly out in traffic. I get that they need to do construction, can they get that I need to get around safely.
It's a Dave's annoyed day. But, not to worry, I think tomorrow is going to be brighter. I've got a decent pick up time for work tomorrow and we've already got a great lunch planned.
See you somewhere that the sun shines.