Saturday, May 17, 2008

A guy in the checkout line tried to heal me today

Yep. Thank goodness stuff like this doesn't happen
very often... I'm in the checkout line at the store
and the guy behind me slaps his hand down on top
of my head and yells, "HEAL!". He waited a
moment and then shrugged and said, "Never know,
might work sometime." Dead silence. The mouths
of the checkout lady and the other people in line
fell to the floor.

Gosh darnit. For a minute there I thought I'd have
no use for my iBOT anymore.

When my daughter and I got in the car, she asked
me what that was all about. I told her and she
said, "Oh, I thought he was talking to you like
you were a dog and he wanted you to slow down and

I remember the first time I was exposed to this
sort of thing. I must have been about her age
and I was watching TV. An evangelist touched
the forehead of a woman sitting in a wheelchair
and said, "Heal". She stood up, walked around,
and started crying tears of joy. I was
flabbergasted. 'Twas one of the first times
I witnessed craziness.

It's a funny world we live in.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

iBOT - helps me get where I need to go

I have a passion for macro photography. I can be
incredibly sad, angry, stressed, and/or frustrated
and then go out to my garden and do some macro
photography and it never fails to put me in a better

Before I had my bot, there were often times I couldn't
get to something I wanted to photograph. For
example, yesterday my daughter and I were out for a
walk and I saw a cool viney, twisty thingy. It was
growing over a tall fence. I never would have been
able to photograph it in my manual chair because I
couldn't get close enough to it. I was in my iBOT so
I first attempted to photograph it while in balance.
The dithering kept me from being able to hold the
camera still enough. No problem though. I went into
4 wheel drive and put it in the highest setting. The
highest setting in 4 wheel is almost as high as the
lowest setting in Balance.

I got these shots, which totally thrilled me because,
second to puppies, twisty botanical stuff is my most
favorite subject to photograph.

If you are interested in seeing more of my photography,
click here.

Friday, May 2, 2008


The first couple months I had my iBOT, when
in Balance, the #1 question people asked
was "How does that balance?" The second
question was (almost always), "Do you feel
like you're going to fall over?" I realized
last night that although the first question
has not changed, the second one has. Now
the second question is, "How much does that
thing cost?"

This sort of thing fascinates me. Why the
change? I must have been putting out a
"I'm afraid I'm going to fall over" vibe
and now I'm putting out a "This thing is
expensive" vibe.

BTW, I've never felt afraid that I would
tip over. Never. Not even the first time
I went into balance. Every once in a while
though, if I hold perfectly still, it will
stop dithering for a few seconds, and that
feels really weird.

Also, I'm uncomfortable when people ask me
how much it cost. I tell them $24,000,
which is the cost of a new one. I didn't
pay that much, but as far as I know,
mine is only one of two that have been
sold used.