As anyone else with wheels under their asses knows rolling our great nations sidewalks is hard enough when their cracked or broken, but what makes it worse is getting to the side street to find no down or up ramp or even worse a car parked across it illegally what do you do?
Well I have been known to read the riot act to the driver in anyone of a dozen languages but of late I have been trying really hard, (honest tsultrim) to keep my Buddhist vow of non violence.
Well this Sunday it was my favorite time of the week, it was poppa time? What time you say? poppa time it is when Ella (she who must be obeyed) and I roll to her father’s place, we sit we talk in Russian and he remembers. Sometimes we cry when he remembers momma his late wife, and he asks if Ella is looking after me properly so I tease and say no she is terrible and we laugh, it is the bright light in my week.
To get to poppas we have to roll ½ a block to parsons boulevard then turn left roll down 6 blocks( that’s 6 side streets to cross ) and turn right 7 blocks (7 more side streets ) to Kissena boulevard and then 1 more block and were there .
That’s 15 street crossings, if the local council remembered and didn’t slack off there should be 15 down ramps and 15 up ramps there never is. The only thing worse than no ramp or a broken ramp is when thoughtless individuals park on the cross walk and slack uncaring ticket writers do nothing and I am left on a 12 inch high curb unable to cross unless I roll over the top of the car.
Well not only did this happen it happened when a member of a Zen Buddhist temple (in name only the place is a sham) pulled up in a government car, placed his “BROOKLYN BRIDGE MAINTENANCE CONTRACTOR ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS “sign in the window and paced his huge amber flashing light on the dash and parked blocking the cross walk and 8/10ths of the down ramp (see below)
When I spoke to one of the senior members of the temple I got “who are you a cop?” I looked and he was parking in front of a fire hydrant chatting to a friend parking in a bus stop and they were locking up and going inside to worship, FYI the bus stop is the only one where wheelchairs can load on in the vicinity if the bus can’t pull up to the curb the wheelie can’t get on but I digress.
We went to poppas andwere there an hour then we did some and had lunch and rolled back and they were all still illegally parked but the service was over they all were chatting and didn’t move even when asked? ONLY IN AMERICA.
Is it the Americans with disabilities act or the lets act to disable Americans act? Advocacy only works if someone down the chain actually stops and cares.
Parking in the disabled park is thoughtless because blocking the ramp blocks my right to continue on with my day, and parking in the bus stop means someone in a wheelchair loses a job because their boss is sick of them being late when they leave home with plenty of time but you think your right to a park outweighs their right to employment.