Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance — Wheel Tales of Willow City – Reprise

This is a reprise of the first “Albert Duncan” adventure!

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert said he'd meet us in the main hall.

Albert said he’d meet us in the main hall.

It'll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

It’ll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Service Entrance

Service Entrance

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Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

There's a front entrance now?!

There’s a front entrance now?!

I 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.

It is a good sign that many institutions are making changes to allow for easy access for wheelchairs that don’t require entering through loading docks and store rooms. Entering through a back entrance can add a bit to much of a sense of adventure to an outing.


This strip was published previously 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.

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

DWPenner

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School Train — Wheel Tales of Willow City

This is another of the stories I am republishing here. Originally published October 23, 2013.

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

School Train — by DWPenner

School Train — by DWPenner

I'm so excited! We're going to a bakery today!

I’m so excited! We’re going to a bakery today!

That's wonderful Robyn, how will you get there?

That’s wonderful Robyn, how will you get there?

Yes dear, will you go by school bus? car? van? taxi?

Yes dear, will you go by school bus? car? van? taxi?

No Mom! We're going by train! ? ?

No Mom! We’re going by train! ? ?

Hello Rub & Bob! Is little Robyn ready to go to the bakery today? ? ?

Hello Rub & Bob! Is little Robyn ready to go to the bakery today? ? ?

Well yes, except this notion that you are going by train?

Well yes, except this notion that you are going by train?

Ah, Train. Let me explain. It was all Willy's idea...

Ah, Train. Let me explain. It was all Willy’s idea…

I'm a boxcar! Chugga Chugga Wooo, wooooo!

I’m a boxcar! Chugga Chugga Wooo, wooooo!

I 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.

This strip was originally published October 23, 2013. Newer readers probably haven’t seen it yet so I hope the reprise is appreciated!

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. everywhere!

DWPenner

 

Inter-What? — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Inter-What? by DWPenner

Inter-What?
by DWPenner

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Mrs Little!

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Hello Willy! Do you have a few minutes to give me a hand?

Sure I have some time for you.

Sure I have some time for you.

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Can you come in and help me out, reading my telephone bill?

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

Why do you need help with that? You have good eyes.

They've put my bill on the Internet and I don't know how to use it.

They’ve put my bill on the Internet and I don’t know how to use it.

I'm sure I can help you with that...

I’m sure I can help you with that…

...and I'll try teach you about the Internet too.

…and I’ll try teach you about the Internet too.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

That would be great! Everyone is going onto the Net and they just assume we know.

I 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.

It seems that many people and organizations are making assumptions about people and technology. They assume that “everyone” has a Cell phone or a Fax machine or a computer and the Internet.

Not everyone has access to every gadget. It isn’t just people who despise change or technology — many people don’t normally have a need for some things. For example not everyone feels a need to be on the Internet and don’t want the added expense. For another example not everyone has a need for a Cell phone — their normal land-line works just fine in their lives.

The only time they miss some forms of technology is when someone makes another assumption that “everybody” has it.

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.

My Eyes are Down Here! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

My Eyes are Down Here!

My Eyes are Down Here!

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I'm waiting for the service man.

Betty, my chair has been playing up. I’m waiting for the service man.

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Willow City Wheelchair Service

Now I don't have my electric wheelchair for a while. I'll need help.

Now I don’t have my electric wheelchair for a while. I’ll need help.

Let's go get some ice cream! I'll push, you pay!

Let’s go get some ice cream! I’ll push, you pay!

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Hi Willy, Betty! Did you just have an ice cream?

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Yes Hank, we just had some. If you were here earlier I would have bought you one too.

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

Why is Betty pushing you in the manual chair?

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

My electric wheelchair is in the shop for a day.

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

Willy, why do the clerks keep asking me what you want?

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

They always are looking at me and ignoring you.

It's always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

It’s always like that Betty, they always talk to the care giver.

Sometimes it makes me want to say: "Talk to me, my eyes are down here!"

Sometimes it makes me want to say:
“Talk to me, my eyes are down here!”

I 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.

When many people come across a care giver with a person with a disability, they will talk to the care giver ignoring their client as if they weren’t there. Remember to address the disabled person and not the helper if you should be talking to their client.

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

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling! — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding Dong!

Ding Dong!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Ding-Dong! Nobody Calling!

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Hello!?

Oh! A note from the postman. "Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac..."

Oh! A note from the postman. “Called, but no answer. You may pick up your pac…”

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Hello Hank! Could you do me a favour?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

Sure Willy! What can I do for you?

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package...

When you go to work tomorrow could you pick up a package…

...for me? The postman didn't wait long enough for me to answer the door... Again.

…for me? The postman didn’t wait long enough for me to answer the door… Again.

I 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.

Have you ever discovered a note from the postal service, delivery service, or a courier telling you that you weren’t home when they came to deliver something. You know you were home all day… or perhaps there was a ring at the doorbell and nobody there. Consider what it is like when you are mobility impaired or have some other issue that keeps you from flying to the door in a blink of the eye.

Just those who need a home delivery the most end up missing them and having to arrange to pick things up at a post office or depot. Your regular postman or delivery person might understand and know to wait that bit extra. But with deliveries often it isn’t anyone that knows your situation doing the delivery. You sure don’t want to advertise the fact on the front door that you have any sort of disability — to invite stray prowlers in to prey on you.

All it needs is patience on the part of people working to deliver as quick as possible to as many people as possible… sort of a conflict of interest there…

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

A Funny Thing Happened… — Wheel Tales of Willow City

A Funny Thing Happened...

A Funny Thing Happened…

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I wonder where Albert is?  (Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

I wonder where Albert is? (Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

(Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

(Grand Opening — Willow City Centre Mall — Now Fully Accessible!)

I 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.

I have noticed that often around construction zones, first allowance is made for cars; next it is made for fit pedestrians; next cyclists; and finally — if at all — for the disabled, people with shopping carts, baby carriages and strollers. Even if space is given it is often soon blocked because it is a convenient space to drop some construction materials off at.

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 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

Free Parking — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Free Parking

Free Parking

waiting...

waiting…

waiting...

waiting…

waiting...

waiting…

...getting impatient...

…getting impatient…

still waiting...

still waiting…

patience....

patience….

taking too long...

taking too long…

soon...

soon…

Nelson will go find a good place to park that's close to here.

Nelson will go find a good place to park that’s close to here.

I hope we don't have to load on the street again.

I hope we don’t have to load on the street again.

Took you long enough!! Isn't there some sort of loading area for that sort of thing!

Took you long enough!! Isn’t there some sort of loading area for that sort of thing!

shrug...

shrug…

I 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.

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.

I worked as mall security for a while and so many people parking in fire-lanes and handicap or wheelchair zones would always say, “I was only in for a minute!” As if that made a difference for the person who needed the spot they took. Of course all we could do was put warnings on their windshields and record their license number for the mall administration. The mall also didn’t want to make waves and lose any of these customers who parked in disabled parking or fire-lanes… I wonder where wheelchair using customers fit into all this?

We'll Make CentsWe 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

Sober Solitude — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Sober Solitude

Sober Solitude

Sober Solitude

Sober Solitude

Exshcushe me.

Exshcushe me.

(Drunk again...)

(Drunk again…)

Exshcushe me.

Exshcushe me.

Route A/2X3.14

Route A/2X3.14

(Still hitting the bottle)

(Still hitting the bottle)

Exshcushe me.

Exshcushe me.

Is he drunk or something? I heard he was sick, is all.

Is he drunk or something? I heard he was sick, is all.

Hi Mr B! We hardly ever see you out in public — why's that?

Hi Mr B! We hardly ever see you out in public — why’s that?

I shtay home becaush eberbod shinks I'm drunk — not zhat I have CP.

I shtay home becaush eberbod shinks I’m drunk — not zhat I have CP.

Oh, Mr B! Your real friends know you don't drink!

Oh, Mr B! Your real friends know you don’t drink!

We know you aren't drunk! You have a condition right?

We know you aren’t drunk! You have a condition right?

I 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.

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.

Some people thought this one was a bit controversial, because they missed an important part of the strip. Mr B isn’t drunk, he has CP – Cerebral Palsy — one of a number of conditions that can make a person appear as if they were intoxicated or high. The point is that there are many disabilities that are not obvious. Some might make someone look like they are drunk, others don’t look like anything at all, but restrict how a person might live and whether they even get out in public.

We'll Make CentsWe 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

Petera’s Travels — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Petera's Travels — by DWPenner

Petera’s Travels — by DWPenner

...snack, emergency taxi money, coat...

…snack, emergency taxi money, coat…

...lunch money, cell phone, day's medicine?

…lunch money, cell phone, day’s medicine?

Petera, are you listening to me?

Petera, are you listening to me?

Of course Willy. Mr E just distracted me.

Of course Willy. Mr E just distracted me.

What's the whole long list for? Going on a trip?

What’s the whole long list for? Going on a trip?

Sort of, I have an 11am Dr appointment.

Sort of, I have an 11am Dr appointment.

But it's only 6am!

But it’s only 6am!

We have to be ready an hour before the HandyDarter Bus is scheduled...

We have to be ready an hour before the HandyDarter Bus is scheduled…

...the bus has been 2 hrs late, it is a 1 hr trip, a chance of traffic and a half-hour early...

…the bus has been 2 hrs late, it is a 1 hr trip, a chance of traffic and a half-hour early…

Which means a very long day.

Which means a very long day.

I 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.

This strip was published previously 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.

We'll Make CentsWe 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

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance — Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Wheel Tales of Willow City

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert Duncan and the Accessible Entrance

Albert said he'd meet us in the main hall.

Albert said he’d meet us in the main hall.

It'll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

It’ll be nice to see Albert. Are the renovations finished?

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Dinosaur in my Soup! New Display!

Service Entrance

Service Entrance

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Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

Hi Albert! That accessible new front entrance sure made getting in easier.

There's a front entrance now?!

There’s a front entrance now?!

I 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.

This strip was published previously 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.

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