Friends! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Friends 4 Friends 00 Friends 4 Friends 01 Friends 4 Friends 02 Friends 4 Friends 03 Friends 4 Friends 04 Friends 4 Friends 05 Friends 4 Friends 06 Friends 4 Friends 07 Friends 4 Friends 08 Friends 4 Friends 09 Friends 4 Friends 10 Friends 4 Friends 11 Friends 4 Friends 12 Friends 4 Friends 13 Friends 4 Friends 14

The best thing you can do for a friend is to be a friend. Sometimes they might need company, sometimes a ride to do some errands. There are many folks that are essentially “shut-ins” and nearly never get out and when they do, they don’t have access to a car.

For some, they just need a hand to get some tools or supplies to get started on an important project. For example, helping someone get storage bins to begin the job of organizing clutter-gone-wild.


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Interconnect! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

InterConnect 00 InterConnect 01 InterConnect 02 InterConnect 03 InterConnect 04 InterConnect 05 InterConnect 06 InterConnect 07 InterConnect 08 InterConnect 09Software companies put out patches and updates and upgrades so very often and sometimes it seems a bit prematurely. Some of these seem to break the whole computer system. What are you supposed to do when the problems caused by that patch/update/upgrade makes it so you can’t connect to the Internet or even so the computer won’t start. Many folks are lucky to have a second computer at hand, or a computer tech that they can call on. Others are just out of luck unless they can take their computer to a computer repair shop… and pay for the repairs.

Sometimes it is hard to get through to a help desk by phone and even when you do, make it understood that you can’t download a patch or use other helpful tools that they are used to advising a customer to use. I imagine somewhere in the legal mumbo-jumbo there is a clause saying that they are not responsible!

It can be very important to have your files backed up at all times and to have a way to start up your computer even when you can’t get it to start from your hard drive. IE a Start-up CD or DVD; or a flash-drive/thumb drive/etc with your operating system (OS like OSX, Windows, Linux) on it.

Sometimes I don’t know how the average person can keep a computer running.


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Time’s Up! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Times Up 00 Times Up 01 Times Up 02 Times Up 03 Times Up 04 Times Up 05 Times Up 06 Times Up 06a Times Up 07 Times Up 08 Times Up 09 Times Up 10 Times Up 11 Times Up 12 Times Up 13 Times Up 14People that depend on others, like caregivers often have very restricted lived. Their lives not restricted by their disability, but by the lack of funds that might provide the help they need to live like a normal human being, and not a prisoner or caged animal.

People that are restricted to 12 hours out of bed have to work very hard to get a full life squeezed into the 12 hours left..


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Charge! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Charge 00 Charge 01 Charge 02 Charge 03 Charge 04 Charge 05 Charge 06 Charge 07 Charge 08 Charge 09 Charge 10 Charge 11 Charge 12 Charge 13Most people are inconvenienced by a power outage. Even in a major city in an emergency like the aftermath of a severe storm; earthquake; or tsunami, power can be out for days. Other people are dependant on that same power for more than light or heat. They rely on electrical devices to do the small things like get in and out of bed — to get in and out of the washroom — or to get in and out of a wheelchair or even bed. More than food can be spoiled by lack of refrigeration. Insulin is something that needs to be kept refrigerated.

It would be nice if everyone who had such a need had a back-up power source that would extend the use of their equipment for a day and even something like a generator that could provide power for longer.

We just had a severe storm and some were without power for two or three days. It started with 750,000 homes and businesses without power for 10+ hours and a large chunk of that population as much as 3 days. There sure was a lot of spoiled food.

I don’t know how many considered the elderly, disabled, and the folks living alone under such circumstance.

Remember those folks during times of emergency.


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Warehoused — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Warhoused 00 Warhoused 01 Warhoused 02 Warhoused 03 Warhoused 04 Warhoused 05 Warhoused 06 Warhoused 07 Warhoused 08 Warhoused 09When it is deemed that a person in hospital can no longer live safely in their home, the social service administration that looks after a person’s health and well-being, can refuse to release them until a suitable location is found?

This can be the case when a person falls and breaks a hip, or shows that they can no longer do transfers from a wheelchair without aid. This can happen even if the person isn’t on any disability benefit or pension, but is financially independent.

Instead of going back to the home they left, they end up being “warehoused” in a hospital until a space in a suitable facility opens up. It might be necessary for a person to have more assistance requiring a “semi-assisted living” facility or an “assisted living” one. In the meantime they languish in the stark environment of a hospital taking up a valuable bed. They are “warehoused”.

The only solution I can think of are making more units available. Growth is needed in facilities with our aging populations.


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Swing and a Miss — Wheel Tales of Willow City – Reprise

This Wheel Tales of Willow City story is one that I first published December 26, 2013. I thought I might re-post it.

Swing and a Miss

Swing and a Miss

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Torben opened a new bookstore.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

Yes, and I heard that it is fully accessible.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

It has ramps and the aisles are extra wide.

...it even has accessible toilets.

…it even has accessible toilets.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Torben has a good heart but is prone to mistakes.

Books -R- Here!

Books -R- Here!

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

Do you want to tell him or shall I?

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It is amazing how many folks can make simple mistakes, like talking louder to someone that is visually impaired or shouting English to someone who doesn’t know English. As if one impairment implies another or shouting makes up for language differences.

This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

The Further Adventures of Alfred Duncan — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan00Albert Duncan01Albert Duncan02Albert Duncan03Albert Duncan04Albert Duncan05Albert Duncan06Albert Duncan07Albert Duncan08Albert Duncan09I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There is considerable planning involved in making public and private structures accessible. Sometimes it can’t be done, but most places are successful. A couple of friends of mine told me about something they came across. After ascending the wheelchair ramps to the entrance of a building, they were stymied to find two or three steps at the front entrance. Those steps created a barrier to anyone in a wheelchair that wasn’t a wheelchair athlete.

There seems always to be more work needed to make buildings wheelchair accessible. Perhaps it is the fact that many places are well done that make the bad ones stand out more… but I hear horror stories still.

Of course there are many who make huge efforts to help!


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Overtime — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Overtime 00Overtime 01Overtime 02Overtime 03Overtime 04Overtime 05Overtime 06Overtime 07Overtime 08Overtime 09Overtime 10I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

Being fairly regularly able, I have found that when I cross many major arterial roads at a light, I barely make it before the light for the road traffic. I don’t mean when the pedestrian crossing light changes from “Walk” to “Don’t Walk”, but when the light for the vehicular traffic changes from red to green.

I can only imagine what it is like for anyone that travels below normal walking speed. I consider what it is like for someone with kids and groceries. I imagine what it is like for someone who walks with only one leg — proud at their progress to walking with a prosthetic, but just a bit slower than most able-bodied folk. I imagine what it is like for the person using a walker. I know that the lights can only be so long for each cycle of a light, but I know of many who barely make it “If” they start the second the “Walk” signal comes on.

I’ve seen a system where all the traffic lights turn red and all the pedestrian crossing lights turn to “Walk” — including two new diagonal cross-walks crossing from corner to corner in the intersection. That probably gives at least twice as much time to cross the intersections. Crossing diagonally means only a single crossing where you would have had to make two crossings without the diagonal. It makes a bit of sense to me and traffic still flows at nearly the same rate. (So I hear.)

Regardless, short pedestrian crossing times can impair some people’s ability to cross intersections safely.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Extra Fees — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Extra Fees 00Extra Fees 01Extra Fees 02Extra Fees 03Extra Fees 04Extra Fees 05Extra Fees 06Extra Fees 07Extra Fees 08Extra Fees 09Extra Fees 10Extra Fees 11Extra Fees 12Extra Fees 13I hope you enjoy these and I would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

There is a move for utilities, other corporations, and organizations to start charging extra to have their bills mailed to the consumer. They are trying to promote access to the bills online. It saves the cost of printing and for paper to be sure, but there is a cost. There are people that don’t use computers. They have their own reasons, to be sure, but some have little choice.

There are people who have physical barriers to them using computers, tablets, and smart phones. They might have carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, or other issues making it next to impossible to use keyboards, mice, or touch screens. The also might simply have problems understanding how to use new devices.

A $2 or $3 surcharge might not seem like much, but with it not being unusual to have 5 or more bills in the mail — $10, $15, or more can stress the fixed, low-income budget that many elderly or disabled have. For them, these new charges are like a form of discrimination.


This strip* was published before as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name to “Wheel Tales of Willow City”.

We'll Make CentsWe’ll Make Cents” is an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a visit and check out their current project.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner

* Only the first stories were on We’ll Make cents. The more recent stories are being published here first.

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Do It Yourself Lemonade — Wheel Tales of Willow City

I published “Do it Yourself Lemonade” over a year ago here (Oct 21 2013), but thought I would republish it for new readers…

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Do It Yourself Lemonade — by DWPenner

Do It Yourself Lemonade — by DWPenner

Look! Someone donated all these ripe lemons!

Look! Someone donated all these ripe lemons!

It's great, but what are we going to do with all them?

It’s great, but what are we going to do with all them?

Donations have been so hard to come by. They always say, when...

Donations have been so hard to come by. They always say, when…

...life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Hi Willy, Hi Betty!

…life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Hi Willy, Hi Betty!

We'd need to use some of the donated money for sugar and cups.

We’d need to use some of the donated money for sugar and cups.

I don't think we can afford to buy any cups or glasses.

I don’t think we can afford to buy any cups or glasses.

We could get them to bring their own cups!

We could get them to bring their own cups!

We can't afford the sugar and don't have enough volunteers...

We can’t afford the sugar and don’t have enough volunteers…

... to squeeze the juice unless we can borrow a juicer.

… to squeeze the juice unless we can borrow a juicer.

My friend at "Flip Da Burger" would loan me a juicer!

My friend at “Flip Da Burger” would loan me a juicer!

I'm afraid we still need a Health Department certificate.

I’m afraid we still need a Health Department certificate.

No sugar, no cups. no volunteers, no certificate! How can we make lemonade?

No sugar, no cups. no volunteers, no certificate! How can we make lemonade?

I have a plan!

I have a plan!

Home-Made Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Kits — by Donation!

Home-Made Do-It-Yourself Lemonade Kits — by Donation!

Newer followers of the strip might not have seen this cartoon from over a year ago, so I’m reposting it.

I hope you enjoy these and would really appreciate your spreading the word. My stories are spread by word-of-mouth so this is the way that others might also see them.

This strip was published as “Wheel Tales of We’ll Make Cents” previously but we thought it would be better to publish more independently — hence the change in venue and name.

We were originally published in “We’ll Make Cents“. They are an organization that helps support a number of not-for-profit causes which might get overlooked. Why not pop over and give them a look.

Donations are actually hard to come by for Charities and other not-for-profit organizations. Consider what you might be able to donate. It might be a good time to clean that closet, attic, cellar, shed, or garage! You might have someone else’s next treasured possession. Perhaps you don’t live near Auckland and We’ll Make Cents, but there are people in need everywhere!

DWPenner