A Break in the Travel Schedule


Pollo Patagonico is a prolific visual artist with a disability. He contributes his work at http://www.flickr.com/groups/rollingrains/. His latest post, Sin Ideas | Without Ideas turns his sense of boredom into a clever demonstration of his photo animation skill.

I, on the other hand, am longing for something approaching boredom after back-to-back trips to:

Washington, DC
San Francisco, California
Arlington, Virginia
Monterey, California
Anaheim, California
Washington, DC
Atlanta, Georgia
Santa Clara, California

Mostly impressions, and questions, remain:

Washington, DC Emmaus Services for the Aging now seems like a “home away from home” in Washington, DC as staff and clients welcome me warmly even when I drop in unexpectedly. Program Director Edwinta Jenkins has been nurturing a dream to expand travel opportunities for seniors. Maybe Emmaus is where we will see America’s version of Polibea Turismo take root. With a dynamo like Edwinta at the helm the chances of success are good.

In Transit For all the patience-shredding obstacles that airline desk and cabin staff must continually endure one would think that simple compassion and hard-headed business sense would combine to insure that every airplane seat on an aisle had arm rests that lifted for easy access by non-ambulatory passengers. The current practice of alternating accessibility in the air by sides or rows slows boarding, raises tempers, and risks injuries to passengers and crew alike.

Santa Clara Abilities Expo took a major turn toward the commercial with ownership change several years ago. That makes it a great place to check out products but accuracy of advertising has suffered. I went to hear Marcie Roth, Executive Director/CEO, National Spinal Cord Injury Association because of the early lead she took in post-Katrina reconstruction. She was not there but I did run into Bonnie Lewkowicz of Access Northern California. Bonnie shared with me a copy of her new book, A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide.

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