Geek on Wheels

Random rolling ruminations

Disability doesn’t give you the right to be an idiot

Many (ok most) of my posts are rants about things that shouldn’t make life so difficult. The things that get in the way of living a normal life. The stuff I no longer take for granted. Unfortunately, as I have learned these lessons, along with family, friends and coworkers who have been on this illuminating change of perception, I have also seen far too many who seem to take their disability as.. Read More

“Celebrities” try two days in a wheelchair

While doing a wander down the YouTube hole, I cam across this fascinating program that hasn’t near enough views. A UK Celebrity Wheelchair Challenge. I can recall in my early days in the chair that my reactions were very similar to these 3 able-bodied people trying live in a wheelchair for two days around the UK, including flights and public transportation. Take the time when you can and give it a watch. I.. Read More

A Geek ponders Deadpool – enjoying the 4th wall

So you see that geek part before the “on wheels”? Yep, we’re indulging that tonight (and yes this well overdue, but I’ve had this movie on the mind) Hold on, hold on, before I begin. Do you know what the term “the 4th wall” means? It’s actually a term that began in the theatre, where there were the 3 physical walls that contained the play, and then the invisible 4th.. Read More

Disability and employment – a challenge to make

A new year and a new seminar on accessibility in the workplace…with a twist. The twist being that this one was covered in a trade magazine called Canadian Facility Management and Design. You can find it here (How FMs can support employment standards), and it gives a good summation of what we talked about but let me add my own two cents (or a dollar’s worth, we know how I can.. Read More

A Trail Chair for any season…if only I can test it!

Happy New Year All! Yes, yes, like everyone I’ve made some goals (not resolutions…that word carries too much baggage). One is to work at expanding GeekonWheels. Haven’t quite decided how all that will work yet, but have some ideas. Of course, writing more than once a month would help, but that’s another topic for another day. The second? Get my bloody hand bike and get back on the trails! With.. Read More

Things that spouses of people in wheelchairs deal with

Back in September, I posted a link to this amusing and OH so accurate article: 23 Things that People in Wheelchairs Deal With. It was a great bit of click-bait reading that made Shannon and I laugh at just how true they all were (yes my hands are always that dirty). It immediately started us dreaming up a new list, as Shannon joked a bit about all the things that spouses.. Read More

A moments where you either laugh or cry. Guess what I choose.

A few weeks ago, I was trapped. That’s not an understatement or an over-dramatizations of a moment. Totally trapped and all I could do was laugh. Now, once more bear with me, dear reader, there is a point to this (even if it’s only in my own head). I was about an hour away from home, in a small town just barely in the border of the GTA, called Bowmanville. I had pulled over into the parking lot.. Read More

What does paralysis “feel” like?

As a kid, I can recall being very proud of a silly feat I could accomplish. I was really, really good at picking up objects with my feet…or my toes more like it. No, I couldn’t resist the cheap pun. I would spend hours picking up pencils and crayons with my toes, even attempting to write on paper and colouring books from my toe skills. I might have even been.. Read More

Things I learned cruising on wheels 2015

Just over a week ago, I had the pleasure of cruising with my wife and some family friends, the Kean’s, for what has been an annual vacation the last 5 years. And despite the heat in Toronto since we got back, I still wish I was on that cruise ship! I now consider myself a veteran cruiser, a method of seeing the world that works well when you are on wheels. Our.. Read More