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Cool Wheelchairs? Pimp my Ride!

They say you can tell a lot about someone's lifestyle aspirations by looking at their car. Whilst enjoying so many Try Sail Days I've realised the same can be said for wheelchairs. They are customised to reflect the owners personality, and this can help me in communicating with the driver. For instance, There was the young bloke whose chair was like a flash ute; he was a footy fan, sharp as a tradie and a sense of humour to match.

They say you can tell a lot about someone's lifestyle aspirations by looking at their car. How many people have thought about buying a Jeep after watching the ad campaigns? We've all seen neighbours cars with an assortment of roof bar accessories that turn the family sedan into the dream machine they always really wanted. Don't get me started on the Frangipani and My Family stick men crazes!

Whilst enjoying so many Try Sail Days I've realised the same can be said for wheelchairs. They are customised to reflect the owners personality, and this can help me in communicating with the driver. For instance, There was the young bloke whose chair was like a flash ute; he was a footy fan, sharp as a tradie and a sense of humour to match. Or the boy racer who had a bmx type chair; he pulled wheelies going up the gangplank into Kayle and had a pretty chick sat next to him. And the pretty girl whose chair was decked out like my teenage daughter's bedroom. Cool eh?

Searching around on the net for cool wheelchairs I found a great article in the New YorkTimes by wheelchair user Ben Mattlin. In Ben's words

"One of the great perks of being in a wheelchair — as I have been since age 4 — is being able to cut lines. Sometimes people let you go ahead of them at the grocery store. Sometimes theatre and sports arena box offices give you discount tickets. When I was a kid, I often got backstage passes. In short, you get to take advantage of others’ pity — or at least their desire to keep things simple and not cause a scene.

I’ve never pretended to be in a wheelchair to curry favour, of course, but I’ve often felt that I can play the disability card for all it’s worth. I have, I confess, used it to hustle my kids through Disney lines, even though I knew full well that I wasn’t actually going to get on the ride myself." Read the full article here

Does anyone reading the site use their wheels to get to the front of lines? - I'd love to know.


Oh, in case you're wondering I long for an E-type Jag. I'll let you form your own psychoanalysis on that one.

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    • Deb Jeffreys | 2014-08-11 09:05:02
      Great article Ian - if you were in a chair what kind would you choose? Just curious...
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