A couple of little things I’ve been pondering:
1) I was riding on the Rapid Bus the other day, when a wheelchair user boarded at the stop after I got on. The bus driver switched on the boarding ramp so the wheelchair could roll on, and also strapped the wheelchair into the safety harness (works like a seat belt.)
“Where are you getting off?” the bus driver asked, since she would have to come and undo the safety harness for the wheelchair user at that point.
The wheelchair user named her stop, which was a several stops down the line. For an able-bodied person, it would be a long enough walk where one would prefer to take the bus. But a wheelchair with a motor, wouldn’t that be relatively effortless?
It made me wonder, what is the maximum distance that a wheelchair user would roll along under their own ‘steam’ (OK, bad cliche), their own motor, as opposed to getting on the bus, which involves some delay in boarding and deboarding? I guess it would depend on the range of the wheelchair motor/battery; presumably they vary. What other factors would be involved in a wheelchair user’s decision to get on the bus as opposed to rolling along in their own wheelchair?
2) Having been stuck in a lot of airports recently, I have been browsing a lot of celebrity gossip magazines. On a slow news week, the magazines will feature articles on Jennifer Aniston vs. Angelina Jolie, and the catfight by proxy between them over a man: the man who was once married to the former and now partnered with the latter. Even though the actual event took place in 2005, the vendetta continues. Aniston’s camp derides Jolie for having stolen away Brad Pitt, while Jolie has rather successfully remade her public image as a do-gooder mother of six (including three adoptees), erasing that of being a marriage-wrecker.
Thing is, why is it that none of these articles square the blame where it belongs: on Brad Pitt himself? After all, no one forced him to leave his wife for another woman (though apparently he was separated from his wife at the time). Jolie may have tempted him, but he could have said no. Doubtless he did so, because he wanted to, but then why isn’t he stuck with stigma of being a weak-willed, cheating man? Is it because he’s a man that he gets a free ride? Or was it purely the timing of events?