Anyone who drives a mobility scooter has to sit upright and have at least one hand strong enough to work the levers and switches required to drive a scooter. People who have had their leg amputated above the knee might need a scooter even though some younger amputees have so much strength and energy as to enter into the wheelchair olympics.
Today at the scooter store we were selling a scooter with a ramp. A ramp is one way for a person to take their scooter to places other than the home and maybe wheel around to see the sights. However a person who uses a wheelchair or a mobility scooter may not be strong enough to take their scooter off of their vehicle. If a person can walk only slightly then maybe he could use the electric power on the scooter to go backwards up a ramp.
But basically getting a scooter off a vehicle might prove to be too much effort. If a person can only slightly walk, then why don't they walk more to be stronger?
The mobility scooter business might be a dead end job. There is more scooter businesses going out of business because medicare is not providing more assistance in buying the scooters. The town of Burbank and Glendale has quite a number of people using mobility scooters. They are small enough to get on the bus and all the buses here are able to put a ramp out for the mobility scooters to take a ride. (Maximum two mobility scooters per bus and I have seen mobility scooters refused because there are already two people using it already on the bus).
My last post was more about myself growing up. I enrolled in computer programing but did not continue that line of study. What derailed me? I also got several girlfriends sort of during the time most boys grow up.
Would I remember the first girlfriend that I ever had? I do remember Betty and she was a very sexy girl. I don't think we had anything intellectual to share and she like to sort of hint that she loved others.
I remember Mary who was too religious. She showed interest in me but I wasn't that interested in religion as she was. She sort of went on to another relationship and also went on to a religious cult.
I was influence a lot with Teresa who I was having a long term relationship. She was a talented pianist and baton twirler. Her family got me into their band and that is when I sort of played electric bass. They sort of tolerated my poor sense of music and I did sort of sing off key. I went to their filming session when they got a role in a major movie (they had tap dancing talent) Also I was part driver and muscle to set up the musical instruments for their band.
Let me say that going to UCSB was done in part to get away from Teresa's family and UCSB cast me adrift in re-evaluating my life.
I really have no talent for music and really never systematically studied hard for anything. Sure I am an avid reader and I read Reader's digest and Popular Science Magazines but basically most High school graduates are not into being scientists or into being artists (oh a lot of pottery students and art class students do show promise. I suppose students that studied guitar might become rock musicians but who basically after high school knew they were going to be someone?)
The late sixties had a lot of guys fearing the draft. My draft number was pretty high so I was not drafted. I was not among folks who feared the draft so much that they did active things to avoid the draft. In addition getting a girl friend is a distraction from politics. I don't think I was political when I dated girls.
As a postscipt I think I lacked discipline or any good role models. Self discipline is the ability to achieve what you want and going the distance to pick up the tools needed to accomplish a certain goal. I was more of a bystander. More of a let the situation push me instead of push towards my agenda.
It is good to meet people who inspire you. I would say I did have the family support to help achieve anything that I wanted to have. I missed the boat and it is a depressing subject that I will avoid to talk about.
I believe that when I was 16 I entered High School. (Elementary school is up to 12 years of age and Junior High is 12 through 15). I entered Los Angeles High school in 1967 and graduated in 1970.
My later years probably were more exciting because in my last year the television series Room 222 was partially filmed at our High School. I was kind of mad that the Mad Magazine parody made fun of the television actors making up of a fictional integrated school. Los Angeles high was losing their white students to white flight and Los Angeles High was becoming a school with more minorities than whites.
My second brother ran cross country in High school but I decided to run 440 yards. The quickest time I did was around a minute forty seconds but the top runner does a minute and twenty seconds (James Baxter) needless to say I never placed higher than fourth place.
During lunch period some of the teachers allowed the students to be in the class room to attend meetings. We had Christian meetings and meeting for people who wanted to see Black power and people who wanted to see Asian power.
My friend liked music and he wanted me to go to a Led Zeppelin concert. Somehow I didn't go to that concert and kick myself for not going. However I did get to see the Creedence Clearwater revival. concert.
Even some of the school concerts were interesting. We had James Brown once and also Santana once. I don't think modern schools allow big names to go to High Schools to give concerts.
The Asian community at Los Angeles did have more Japanese students when I attended High School. Right now there are more Koreans at Los Angeles high but back in the late sixties there was about as many Koreans as there were Chinese students like myself.
The Japanese community sponsored a lot of Dances. There was one band that played too Jazzy. They were the Jazz band Hiroshima which a lot of jazz people know about. The Japanese also had ties with Hawaii so we also listened to music from Hawaii.
My family allowed the brothers to learn to drive at around 16. We were a station wagon sort of family and drove around in a Pontiac Station wagon. When my oldest brother got old enough to drive and earn money he got a 1963plymouth Valiant. It was automatic and a six cylinder 225ci motor which was not fast but economical.
I remember driving that Valiant all over town on a single tank of gas. It was too slow to race but it was great to go sight seeing with. That car was blessed because I never got a single accident with it.
Before graduating High School I was talked into taking a computer class in 1969. The teacher was Indian and the computer language was COBOL and only good for IBM 360 series. Main frame computers were the machines people used and they submitted the computer language using punch cards.
Looked like my future was bright looking but little did I know that fates would not be gentle with me.
It is easy to fake being a Christian? Huh? How can you call people fake Christians if you are only looking at the surface?
No one is able to see if Jesus is in the heart of a believer, but you can look at the fruits of the spirit.
Christianity has diversity but still there are key things that is connected with Christianity.
Forgiveness can be faked but if a person who confesses a sin and asks for forgiveness does not work towards forgiveness then yeah there will be no forgiveness given.
Then we have the issue that some folks do not confess publicly...yeah there is some space for deception.
Basically Christians are suppose to forgive sinners but Christians cannot accept people who do not stop sinning.
Love the sinner and hate the sin concept is still not easy. In fact there are Christians that hate other Christians. Whats up with that? Maybe it is due to a Christian not believing that the other person is a sinner that accepts Christ into their heart?
So many paradoxes. It is easier for a non Christian to make more light of paradox and hypocracy or am I just a concern Christian? Looks like this blog opens up a huge can of worms. Help me Nadia, tell me something. Help me Lord send the Holy Spirit. Xanga is just a sounding board and if anyone sounds anti Christian their comment will be removed and I will write an explaination why it sounds anti christian. That too will open a can of worms.
Go back to high school is a cringe worthy statement. It reeks of go back to your country type of slur.
Where do people get such insults? Insults should not be dignified with replies in some cases. High school was a "free" government perk and basically you get what you pay for. I suppose some really stupid people could go back to school to get a GED but basically a high school diploma is useless, sort of similar to advice to go back to high school.
Welcome to xanga world everyone. I will be your PC (politically correct person)