The Barber

It’s a rule of mine never to mess with someone that has a sharp instrument next to my head.   But the other day a barber almost crossed the line from ignorant to stupid.    I sat in the barber’s chair expecting the normal small talk and received instead silence.   I’m cool.   I don’t need to make small talk with the barber so I relaxed into the hair cut.   When he was done he offered a mirror which I politely refused then he offered to validate my parking.  To which I asked isn’t the white cane explanation enough?   He indicated indeed not as I could be just carrying the cane.   In Canada that is illegal.  Not sure about the US.  If you’re carrying a cane you have to be blind, or legally at least.    Or he suggested I could be just testing out a new cane.    I paid and left with a laugh at the ludicrousness.

The Barber Podcast
The white cane illicit an interesting response when I am carrying it.    I apparently don’t look blind which is the topic of another blog entry.    I have had the white cane called a tent pole, a fishing pole, a conductors baton, a relay baton, a walking stick, measuring stick and other things I can’t recall.

The barber is just an example I worked with a lady who was vehemently offended by the enlarged email font I use to make it easier for me.    She continued to mention it for a couple of years.  I kept trying to educate her to no avail.   She disappeared one day.  I hope she wasn’t fired for her stupidity towards disability but who knows.

To answer the question am I blind? Yes I am!!

Kyle Bergum

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Kyle has ocular albinism and has been legally blind since birth. Kyle leads a very active live and is besides his professional career involved in many projects for persons who are different.

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