Chair-it-able man
Friday February 18th 2011, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

I don’t use it very often, which isn’t good for the batteries.

Richard had them recharging last night.

I can’t do Stitches West on my feet. I’ve tried. The old head injury effects go into overload in the massive visual presence of the place and my balance disappears even worse and there’s just no way around the fact that Disneyland for knitters equals chairtime for me. That’s okay; there have been many many people looking wistfully at my ride by the end of the day every year.

Richard set it up and went out the door for work; I tried it out.

Dead dead dead. Ain’t goin’ nowhere. Darn.

Jasmin‘s brother Sam, who pushed me last year, was in LA.

My daughter Sam, who pushed me the year before, was across the country.

Well, I *could* try to walk it. (Yeah, let’s see if we can induce a seizure finally after eleven years?)


I did not call him. I did not text. I didn’t say boo. What could he do? I simply didn’t get myself out the door. I was about to, I kept telling myself, looking at the clock, noting that I’d paid for a two-day ticket, while arguing back at myself, okay, so then, when? How? Use the manual as a walker so you’ve got both hands holding on, at least?

Suddenly there was the front door opening again, and *My Hero* (trademarked) walks in: he wanted to make sure I didn’t get stuck and had it worked no okay he’d wondered if it might not have right he’ll go get that other battery pack and try that one oh yes he’d had it charging too.

You’re home? You did? We do? You can?

He was in a rush to get to work (some days I really really love that short commute) as he unscrewed the battery pack and replaced it. Here try that love you bye gotta run.


And that is how I got to go zipping around Stitches West and have the time of my life among my fellow knitters and friends that I only get to see once a year.  And to meet some new ones. (Michelle, did you see? I was wearing your socks you made me while I was in the hospital.)

I came home to the news that we had gone past 30% of Congress today. GO KNITTERS! Then I read Jocelyn’s post and followed the link in it. Folks, we need gentility, top down, and we need civility in Congress now. If you haven’t yet, will you join Ellen and me and 162 hats’ worth of other knitters in spending a few hours to help get the word out? How often do our few stitches get a chance to create changes for the good for millions of people? Good wool, good work, good plan.

Stitches still has plenty of good yarn left for it. I promise.

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Kym who writes one of the blogs I follow “Stepping Away From the Edge” wrote about WHNHH the other day, too.
And I’ve (chuckle) thrown my first hat in the ring, too. John D. Dingell has an office just a few miles from my house. All I can say is it had better be accessible to my wheelchair LOL.
His hat is ready for decreasing today, and I plan to make some hats for donation to our local homeless shelter, in the name of WHNHH

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.19.11 @ 7:35 am

Once again with the suspense! I’m so glad this worked out well and also that you left some yarn at Stitches for the other knitters. 🙂

Comment by twinsetellen 02.19.11 @ 7:38 am

Glad you were able to get to Stitches West, I am hoping to get to Stitches Midwest. Right now the demonstrators in Madison could use some of those hats,I still can’t believe that the 14 Democratic Senators went to Rockford, Ill. instead of facing the challenge . Nice picture of Parker, my Grand niece was due on Thursday, no word yet.

Comment by kris 02.19.11 @ 7:55 am

I presume you were talking about an electric scooter that needed a battery change. Not too swift to go riding in the rain, I know. Cliff uses mine occasionally, and that keeps my batteries in half decent shape.

Go Hat Knitters!

Looks like Parker is meditating again.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.19.11 @ 10:43 am

Love the Parker photo! Glad the chair worked, just in time, and three cheers for a hero who just knows when to come back.

Comment by Channon 02.19.11 @ 10:55 am

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