Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Great things about being blind. Having a wonderful bus travel story.

I took a bus this morning at the tail end of rush hour. Sometimes when waiting at the bus stop, there are many buses that pull up to the same location. This can be stressful as you don't know which bus might be yours. Our transit company here has a kit called bus haler kit. It has brailled numbers which are also large print. You slide the numbers of your bus into a plastic sleeve and hold it up. I don't use this always but will use it in busy areas at rush hour.
This bus haler has led to a few very interesting happenings. One time I was at work and someone came in to say that they were having a debate down the hall. "You know those sleeves with the numbers in them that you hold up?" "Yes." "Someone thinks that is to teach your dog the number of the bus you want." I laughed so hard. My gide dogs are smart but reading bus numbers does not fall into their job descriptions. Another time not too long ago, I was waiting for the bus holding up the numbers. A woman came up and said, "Your dog isn't very good. The bus you want is right there and she isn't taking you to it." Poor tulia. Insulted for no good reason. I didn't use the haler kit today but found it in my bag and it brought back very amusing memories and a good post for the blog.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Kim,
    Thanks for sharing your stories. I met Tony, a young blind man a few months ago and we have become good friends...we have printed a book together, he wrote poetic descriptions of my oil paintings (in Italian). The book is really gorgeous and has been very well received. I'm still learning how to be a good sighted friend, that's how I came to find your blog. I need some training!!!!


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