At odds with my favorite appliance in Sandy UT

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At odds with my favorite appliance in Sandy UT

my power chair

Having done business from a sitting position for the last ten years, I have come to rely heavily on my power chair.

Regardless of manufacturer specifications, with me, it has only two speeds ~ flat out and stop.

With recent maintenance including a new controller (jot stick assembly, power buttons etc) my chair added a new personality trait: unpredictable. You see, the new ON/OFF has a hair trigger.

I control the joy stick with the web between my right thumb and forefinger with other fingers resting lightly on the controller shroud. But yesterday had me in gloves because of reduced temperatures...

So down the slope, carrying a large box and a shopping bag, flat out, home in view, and my fourth and fifth fingers wandered over said button. Chair to dead stop, me not, and hello pavement.

Note: Sandy UT does not use soft concrete.

Onlookers were unsure of whether to applaud the performance, or shriek in horror. (I'm sure I heard both responses.)

Like any horseman, I was back into in saddle quickly (admittedly accepting a lift because I was on a slope).

The controller now sports a plastic bridge over the offending button, fashioned from the corner of a lid of a food container. Now ON or OFF is achieved through a meaningful push.

Bruising and stiffness from the tumble are apparent today. All a part of happily doing business in Sandy UT.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, amazed at how you get around so easily in that chair! Recover quickly! How do you handle that suitcase and you in the chair at the same time? Enjoy your day!

Nov 16, 2013 10:31 PM #1
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Wayne - I'm a double above knee amputee so case fits where my legs used to be (convenient eh?). In my van, I get in by rear lift and transfer to driver's seat (hand controls). Plenty of room between seat and pedals for shopping. Incident was a reinforcement to remind me to be a little more careful.

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