Monday, April 20, 2009

"So Sorry, But I Use a Wheelchair..."

It's a tough economy, but how many people would do this job? This reminds me of a place I love, truly isolated.



Visual description: a man works on extremely high power lines high above the trees, in a forested area near a lake. He crawls along the lines on his hands and knees as he fixes them--he reaches them by helicopter. He sits on the helicopter's wing rather than inside it.

4 comments:

Full Tilt said...

Well, this is a recurring fantasy...to walk a tightrope...Of course, in real life, I could never do this job...

A friend has taken a part time job waitressing to meet bills. She also teaches part-time at uni and makes more in tips at the restaurant. I had a funny dream in which I was a wheelie waitress...never seen one and not likely to in this world. Hope your doing well.

FridaWrites said...

I think the real difficulty with wheelchair waitressing (surely a big tray could be attached to leave hands free) is other people not letting you navigate around them--that's been my experience visiting restaurants, that I'm trying to back into a space or turn around and people keep squeezing past and preventing me from moving. There are some small cafes with good room between the tables where I could see it working.

william Peace said...

If I did not use a wheelchair I would be a professional cook. The restaurant business makes no accommodation for those that use a wheelchair. I think this has less to do with discrimination, though it is surely a factor, but money. More tables mean more revenue. Kitchens are microscopic, over crowded, and dangerous places to work. From a business perspective you want to turn as many tables as humanly possible.

FridaWrites said...

You'd be a great cook, I'm sure. I could see someone doing it if they owned their own restaurant, but not many chefs do, and that takes capital. I could see it working at one particular cafe in small town America, but then again, it's two story...and everything else around there isn't accessible.

And yep, no one needs a lapful of hot fluids or food, as is apt to happen with overcrowding (people tripping or bumping).