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Good morning! Yesterday was an interesting day. And today is probably going to be a stiff and in pain day, so if I get here late don't fret too much ok?

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So since Caedy worked Wednesday, Thursday was grocery day this week. We started out fairly early so that we wouldn't be out in 90+ feels like 100+ degree weather in the afternoon. We didn't even wait for Caedy and Bit to eat breakfast, we stopped for it along the way (and for caffeine for me). Went to the store, did our shopping, all was going well. We even managed to save some of the food stamps money for next week because with Caedy taking time off for a much needed vacation next week is going to be VERY short. (We'll be fine, we saved about $70 of the food stamps and we expect her paycheck to be around $65 net.) So all was going well.

Then we got outside and got blasted by the heat (this was around noon). So, we decided to once again try to get a cab home. The first number we called we got the stupid cab driver we're still arguing with about transporting assistance animals. So we called the only other cab company in this area. The cab driver said it was fine and he would be there in about 15 minutes.

15 minutes came and went, another 15 minutes came and went. We could have WALKED home by that time. We had meats outside in the heat waiting. So Caedy called them back. Apparently the cab driver's boss had decided that he wasn't coming to pick us up because of the service dog. BUT we were assured that they were looking into it and would call us back in about 5 minutes. 10 minutes later we hadn't heard back, and the number went to voice mail.

So we said F$%@ this, and started walking home. We were of course all pretty aggravated by now, and very hot. Sophie had water to drink from her bowl and was in the shade while we were waiting but she was still trying to figure out why we hadn't just gone home like we usually do. The wheelchair wheel got caught in the transition between the drive way of Winn Dixie and the gutter/ramp up onto the sidewalk and popped off the rim. I tried to get up, tripped over the foot plate (because I was trying to do this with a bag of groceries and Sophie) and landed on the sidewalk. Sophie jumped to one side, she's fine. My right hand landed on the bag of groceries, we have some squished waffles and boxes of stuff, but my hand and wrist are ok. My left knee however has a 2 inch by 3 inch patch of road burn and the upper part of my shin is turning black and blue.

Someone stopped and helped Caedy get the wheel put back on and me back in the chair. And apparently someone else saw what happened and called 911 because an ambulance pulled in to the curb right after that. They cleaned up my knee and bandaged it so we could get home, but I refused to go to the ER, there's no serious damage done. I'm sure my right shoulder (the bad one) is going to be feeling it as the adrenaline wears off later however. And I'll probably be REALLY stiff on Friday (I'm writing this on Thursday).

So we continued with our walk home. We got a bit further up the road and Caedy's phone rang. Apparently the cab company decided that we were worthy and so, were on their way. Only now we were no longer at the grocery store waiting for them. So we gave them directions to where we were and parked ourselves in the shade of a tree on the sidewalk. And we waited. And waited. And waited. Another half hour goes by. Once again we said F$%# this and started walking. We could have been home almost three times over at this point.  

Another couple of blocks up the road and a van pulled over next to us. Guess what? Our cab finally arrived! The driver was very  helpful and understanding, and was bitching about his boss holding up his fare, because of COURSE it was illegal to deny assistance dogs. DUH. He knew the law, told his boss to just approve the fare before they got fined.  We have his card for the next time we need a pick up. We did manage to get home before the food spoiled. NEXT time things should go smoother (I hope).

We haven't had any trouble with any brick and mortar businesses in this town, only the cab companies. One seems to think it qualifies as a 'special exception' like a burn unit or OR in the hospital or a zoo (yes, they actually said they qualify under the hospital exemption, which only applies to surgical or other infection risk areas). The other is just.. confused I guess. But at least they were willing to look into it and eventually yielded to the law.

Yesterday Weck asked us how lucky we are? I don't know about luck, but I've led an interesting life, interesting as in the ancient Chinese curse. How's life treating you?

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 09:55:10 PM PDT

  •  Sorry about the cab problems (10+ / 0-)

    That really shouldn't happen & I don't understand how stupid your cab companies are down there. But it's good that you got the cabby's card so you can just call him directly the next time. If he can't take you himself b/c he's on another fare, he probably has a coworker who's free to pick you up. Bypass the dispatcher completely!

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 10:56:22 PM PDT

    •  Yep, that's what we plan on doing. (5+ / 0-)

      And that means more tips and money for said cabbie. We gave him a $3 tip on a $7 fare yesterday, not a bad percentage.
      I suspect a lot of the problems we're having have to do with money. This cab company doesn't prohibit dogs. But they have a $10 fee for transporting pets. Service dogs don't qualify as pets so they can't get their fee. So they try to deny you service, so you'll offer to pay the fee. I don't have any proof on this, only strong suspicions because the pet fee is right there on the 'fare list' in the cab window. I bet those fees go to the company though and NOT to the cabbie.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:57:36 AM PDT

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      •  It may not be only the pets, (5+ / 0-)

        when we had a cab company, it was very time consuming for customers to have luggage, groceries or wheelchairs.  Some of our drivers were fine with the extras and others were not.  They were all independent contractors and could refuse any fare they wanted.

        I recall a passenger, drunk, late at night who had "soiled" his wheelchair and wanted me to push him up his ramp.  Fine in concept, but the ramp was an unsecured piece of plywood over a set of stairs.  I was physically unable to get him up the slippery plywood and he ended up falling out of the chair when it tipped over.  Eventually his neighbors came to help.

        When I was 8+ months pregnant, I had a woman with a full trunk of groceries.  I helped her carry in the first load, then she stopped carrying, leaving it all to me, in the snow, trip after trip on her unshoveled walkway and stairs.  No tip.

        Those were two customers I refused to go after again.

        I don't recall ever carrying a service animal, but we carried lots of others with limiting conditions without issue; my late husband was fluent in Spanish and ASL, he had a Spanish speaking customer in the city who used us because he was also deaf, but was able to converse with with the late hubby in signed Spanish.

        Youffraitta is right, go directly to the driver, even leaving a call the night before, and alway give that driver a nice tip. You do not have to mention the service animal, groceries or wheelchair, that is a tough combination for any cab to deal with, but drivers love regular customers who are good tippers.

         Your cab ride takes longer to accomplish, that is like someone lingering at the table at a restaurant when the server would clearly benefit from having a new set of customers to wait on. Some drivers will see the time it takes to serve you as not worth it, when they might get two rides accomplished in the same amount of time. I don't want to judge here, just present the other point of view.  Sounds like the driver who came for you is well worth cultivating.

        If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

        by weck on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 05:56:50 AM PDT

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  •  I hope you're ok~ (7+ / 0-)

    Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 11:24:24 PM PDT

  •  yep groceries remain one of the problems if (12+ / 0-)

    you lack reliable transportation or live way out in the boonies.  I still have not come up with a solution other than to hitch rides with my children when they are going to town.  I can still drive but for some reason, they have the idea that my skills are not sufficient for me to drive to the store.

    Back in the day, there were at least 3 "country stores" within easy walking distance but now the nearest store is like 10 miles away and the nearest supermarket is closer to 20.

    I don't know what it would be like to try to get to the store in a wheelchair.  While I have some ambulation problems I am stubborn in refusing to use the motorized carts in the store (plus they are usually being used by teens to race each other up and down the aisles).  At least I get to buy some interesting stuff such as my latest African shaman's staff.  Now if I can just figure out how to activate the curse aspect of its nature...........

    My sympathies for your travails with the cab company.  If I were you, I would print off the applicable statutes and mail them to the owner as an educational public service  

    •  I like the idea of mailing the statutes =) (6+ / 0-)

      Education is always helpful =)

      "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

      by BadKitties on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:12:18 AM PDT

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    •  Caedy is going to print some at the library (5+ / 0-)
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      I can't find all the cords still for our printer. I THINK I packed them all, but I'm missing a critical piece. I'm still looking through some of the more unlikely boxes but I'm beginning to suspect one got missed. I'm also considering ordering cards from amazon (50 for $9.95). I think though we're going to hand them out rather than mail them. That way we're sure they're looked at and not just filed in the round bin on the floor.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:48:02 AM PDT

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    •  Ambulation and wheel chairs... (4+ / 0-)
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      If it was just ambulation issues I'd probably be stubborn like you. Mine has to do with breathing however. When we go out in a car a lot of times I'll walk the store if it's a good day. But I can't breathe anywhere near well enough to walk from here to Winn Dixie (which is about a 20 minute walk for Caedy), especially in the Florida heat and humidity. I can make two passes with the push mower, that's it. Then I have to sit and breathe. So, you do what you have to do ;).

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 05:04:23 AM PDT

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  •  I used to take a neighbor to the store. (10+ / 0-)

    There was 3 of them that limited mobility that lived across the street from me.  They no longer live here but I rather enjoyed the trips with them and miss them now.  I took them to Walmart and pulled up close and run in and get scooters for them.  Then I would find a place to park.  I was always given gas money.  I was just asked one day if one of them could go with me to the grocery store when I went.  This was during a rainy week and they didn't want to ride the couple of blocks to Winn Dixie in their scooters. The friendship developed from there.  Up to that point I would wave all the time at them and say Hi.  

    Maybe a neighbor will take notice one day and offer?

    I still have the kitchen to clean up this morning.  I have my blueberries crushed and sitting in sugar to make jam.  My mother would always let her berries and sugar sit over night before she made jam.  She claimed it would taste better.  I am just tired and will make the jam when I get up.

    I am still sewing.  Trying to get one item made each day.  

    I am glad Chantal fell apart.  We are still expecting a lot of rain from it down here on the bottom.

    •  Caedy has gotten rides home (4+ / 0-)
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      when she's by herself with the groceries. But so far, not when I'm along. I don't know if people are worried about the chair or Sophie. And as some weeks that's the only time I get out of the house, I'm not willing to give up the grocery store trips unless the weather is REALLY bad out.

      I have my sweeping to do today, I'm not looking forward to it and am procrastinating here. I suspect I'm gong to thwap this knee with the broom a few times in the process because that's the way things work LOL.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:51:44 AM PDT

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  •  Holy crap. My sympathies on your fall. (8+ / 0-)

    I am familiar with the Florida heat. Starts getting rough this time of year.

    We had near miss at our house today. A baby mynah I rescued almost got taken out by the dog.

    A month ago we hired tree trimmers and failed to communicate. He destroyed a mynah bird nest. They finished as the sun was setting. Next day I discover one baby alive.

    Been raising him since. Named him Boki. Because he's a very mischievous bird we secure everything before we let him out for feeding. He still hand feeds. We call it The Boki Show when he's out. Very entertaining to say the least.

    So we're in the middle of a bathroom remodel, it's gutted, the dog Maggie has been pissed about that mess I think, and about the bird, and an armoire. We bought an armoire on craigslist to hide the TV and stuff because of the bird - and the dust   - but that armoire lived with a cat.

    Anyhow, I got a phone call in the middle of securing everything before The Boki Show. I forgot to let the dog out.

    Maggie hates the bird, back story is that these mynah birds dive bomb her in the yard all the time.

    I have Boki on my shoulder, the phone in one ear, Maggie comes slinking out from under the dining table, stalking, eyes slitted fixed on Boki. I keep talking, grab her by the neck (12 lb dog), she hates me talking on the phone too, awkwardly open the kitchen door, keep Boki on my shoulder, plop her out fast and slam the door shut. I see through the glass that moment of WTF flashing over her face.

    She sulked the rest of the day. That favorite biscuit I gave her just lay there on the rug for me to see all day.

    One more day the bird lived.

    A good horse is never a bad color.

    by CcVenussPromise on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 02:29:58 AM PDT

  •  Good morning!! (8+ / 0-)

    Quite an adventure getting home from the store!! What a pain, in the heat =(

    My rollerskates are supposed to arrive today. Hopefully. Two scary things: total order not shipped (?) and box is going through Bethpage. Our box of protein powder and vitamins was chewed and sliced up. It arrived FOUR days late, covered in plastic wrap. WtF.

    I am very excited about the skates =) I forgot to get socks, though. Didn't order pads. That was probably idiotic because I could fall. I did order gloves with wrist braces.

    I'll have to find crew socks somewhere. When we get back to CO, I am painting the skates. Should be fun =)
    I'm thinking pink polka dots. Skates are black. My feet are too big to wear white shoes. Ugh.

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:24:38 AM PDT

    •  Sorry about your protein powder... (6+ / 0-)

      I would file a complaint with both the company and the transport company (so the company knows there is a problem and can help put pressure on the transport guys).

      Have fun with the skates. Definitely get those knee pads before you use them though! Do you want knees like mine look like right now? Maybe I should start wearing knee pads to the grocery store? LOL. If only my jeans had been dry before we left (sigh).

      Pink polka dots sound  cool. Or maybe light blue flames? Or how about pink polka dots on fire and really freak people out?

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 05:00:57 AM PDT

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      •  We shipped the powder, Priority Mail. (0+ / 0-)

        But didn't insure it :(

        I was a tomboy =) Knees are already quite scarred =)

        Alas, I didn't get the skates. All that arrived was the skate fool, for tightening or changing wheels :(

        Lol:-) I'm not that talented! Polkadots or stripes, no prob. Flames-- uh, no :( the wheels are hot pink. Might do a stripe down the back of each boot, and paint the tongue, too.

        "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

        by BadKitties on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 05:29:01 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning... (5+ / 0-)
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    Stupid knee kept me up most of the night. Every time I bend it, it pulls the scabs on the wound so every time I shifted in my sleep I woke up. And now it's red around it and throbbing (I think from all the pulling during the night).

    On the bright side, we got the mower put together last night. The kids got the bulk of the yard done once it started cooling down in the evening. The boy REALLY likes the new mower. It's the old fashioned push kind, so it makes no noise and it's much safer as the blades don't move if the wheels stop moving (aka you stop walking), and they also don't move if you pull it back towards you. He mowed, Bit trimmed with the garden shears, and they were busy and happy and outside for about an hour.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 04:45:24 AM PDT

    •  try "moisturizing" yr scabs overnight with (1+ / 0-)
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      Neosporine! it should help with the scabs, the redness AND scaring. Even if it all rubs off on the sheets in 20 minutes, it will help some. we swear by that stuff. good luck!

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 08:02:06 PM PDT

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  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    It's going to be 81 and sunny today.

    Good grief MOM.  I can't believe this happened to you.  You're right, you certainly have had some interesting things happen to you.  I just hope that from now on, the interesting things that happen are good interesting things.
    I hope you had a better night's sleep last night, and your knee isn't so uncomfortable.

    Stuff to do today including calling an orthopaedic doc and getting an appointment for my hubby.  He's had hip problems for a couple of years, but refused to go to the doctor.  Now he also has a knee that's bothering him, so he decided to go.  So, hopefully he'll get in right away, and we can find out what needs to be done.  I'm delighted finally, and a little worried.  

    Have a good day.

    Weck is very busy today, and may not have a chance to check in.  Or she may.  We'll see.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 05:16:37 AM PDT

  •  Weck's friend eventually settled on meeting at (6+ / 0-)

    10:30 instead of 8 am, so I'm just checking in for a minute's worth of fun.  We are making sure the music folders are organized and complete this morning, and we have out first concert this evening at a festival.  The weather will be perfect.  

    I may even get a chance to buy some festival food for lunch or supper.  One church does a pasta dinner with your choice of exotic pastas and sauces plus a salad.  mmmm, it's great to support a cause, eat fabulous food and not have to do dishes!  

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:07:55 AM PDT

  •  When we lived in Seattle, a good friend of ours (5+ / 0-)

    was diagnosed with inoperable prostate cancer. He'd always been very active, and would drive around the community helping people with house projects, tending to neighborhood landscaping, etc.  

    When he couldn't drive his truck anymore or actually pitch in with the projects, he got terribly depressed. So, we all got together and bought him a used electric golf cart and fixed it up. It was street licensed, and he could drive it to the nearby grocery store and on his scouting trips around the neighborhood. It was easy to get in and out of, and easy to operate. He LOVED it.

    Having the golf cart helped him out of his depression, because he could get around without having to go through ordeals like FLMOM did yesterday. When he passed away, his wife donated the golf cart to the community for use by anyone who found themselves in the same predicament.

    I hope today is better for you, FLMOM & that damn knee stops hurting!

  •  I posted a diary this morning about the (3+ / 0-)
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    recent losses of our pups.

    If you read it, you'll notice that their names aren't what I'd been saying they were. Marti knew, but I had some weird notion about protecting our/their privacy, and it doesn't really seem to matter much now.

  •  Hope on the horizon... (4+ / 0-)
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    My landlord stopped in to bum a cigarette yesterday, so he's back in town.  His preferred electrician is finishing up a job in Iowa City this week, so I may have a new circuit breaker swoon.  Meanwhile, the living room has a certain ambiance.

    I've refreshed the local NWS page several times this morning to find that it says "not a current observation."  I wonder if they're furloughed, too...

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:49:35 AM PDT

  •  What a day you had, FloridaSNMOM! (2+ / 0-)
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    I hope you're feeling better and that today is less "interesting"  :)

    Wishing everyone a fine day.

  •  Wow. It doesn't let up for you! (2+ / 0-)
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    So sorry to read about this... I'd be furious, frankly.

    •  I don't have the energy to be furious (2+ / 0-)
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      Though I was ticked off yesterday. Today I just hurt and I'm exhausted. Caedy and Bit just left to go get some antibiotic cream. I thought I had some but I can't find it,and this knee is still hurting and feels hot around it.
      It's already raining, so I'm staying in today, resting, and hoping this improves. It's in a bad spot and 'pulls' every time I move my leg which isn't helping any.
      I'm also hoping the cab issue is resolved, at least for this one. The 'yellow cab' in my area is a different story and one I'm not ready to tackle yet.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 10:46:08 AM PDT

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