Biggest Loser

Biggest Loser

  Who are your hero’s? Who were the people or persona’s that you looked up to when you were growing up? Its hard right now for everyone. Standards of living are changing, salaries are under pressure, taxes are going up, food costs more. Growing up in Canada I was enthralled with hockey loved it breathed […]

Getting Medical Attention in Calgary

Getting Medical Attention in Calgary

I’ve been back in my home town now for a little over a year and a half. I want to share with you what you can expect if you are disabled and your in Calgary. If you can’t drive which I can’t its impossible to find a family doctor. There are so few doctors in […]

Rhonda Lee

Rhonda Lee

Thank you Rhonda Lee…. Thank you Rhonda Lee Podcast It’s not often you meet someone out of the blue who is so profoundly helpful. I was grocery shopping yesterday and Rhonda Lee noticed my white cane in the shopping cart. I can drive a shopping cart with a  white cane. People don’t move anyway. Rhonda Lee was amazing.  […]

Big Dan G.

Big Dan G.

He observed in a meeting that I was always upbeat and positive.   That I bring a smile and a warmth to the workplace.   That when he is feeling low he comes by just to say hi and he feels better.    I can’t ask for more!!  Thanks Dan…

The Barber

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 […]

Getting The Job

Getting The Job

There are a couple of things you need to get a job…. Getting The Job Podcast Believe you are capable of doing a job The capability to do the job The willingness to “Step Up” to the requirements of the job An understanding of what you bring to the job and what you need from […]

Blind Jobs

Blind Jobs

I have been told that the only reason I get jobs is because of my blindness.    I’ve even had close family members tell me this. Blind Jobs Podcast I can tell you that putting the fact that you’re blind on your resume will ensure you are not considered for a position.   I have never received […]

Stuck in a Rut

Stuck in a Rut

It’s so easy after you’ve been in a job for a while to believe that you can’t work any where else.   The best thing that ever happened to me in my career was getting laid off from my first job.    I had this new job, which I was lucky to get, great job and great […]

Hunting for a Job

Hunting for a Job

The downturn of 08 has been nasty. I left a 6 year career at Microsoft to go to back being an independent consultant. You’d think I was smarter than this but hind sight is always 20/20. Anyway. I had a great contract and it went very well good results and a good reference. But with […]

The Blind Way

The Blind Way

Many people think I am inflexible. That its my way or the highway. That I am a hard nosed SOB. Its too funny I was talking with someone recently and they finally put it into stark contrast for me. Actually explaining it to them put it into stark contrast for me. The Blind Way Podcast […]

Percision Fit

Percision Fit

Hiring me with my disability is expensive.    Once I have successfully made it through the hiring process getting me in and productive is an investment. Currently I use:   45 Inch Monitor   Kurzweil 3000   ZoomText   QuickScan Pro   Canon Scanner   EV Jordi   EV Merlin   EV Maxport   Herman Miller […]

Collaberation @ Work

Collaberation @ Work

I come across as hugely un-collaborative at work.  It isn’t my intent and it is one of the reasons why I am open about my blindness.    I can’t pretend anymore about my abilities or in some people’s opinion bizarre behavior.  It takes too much energy to attempt to appear sighted. I am convinced of a […]

CrossRoads

CrossRoads

I am at a juncture.   I’ve just gone through a few weeks of enhanced self awareness.   I took some advocate training a couple of weeks ago.  I’d never had any formal training and thought that it might help.   What the training has done is take away my naivety about the my blindness. I didn’t appreciate […]

Proving Yourself

Proving Yourself

Have you ever heard the statement that more is never enough. When I look around today. I see the marketing message to all of us and its really driven at making us unhappy or discontent with our current state. You need more to be loved accepted and have friends and if you don’t have it […]

No Accommodation Necessary

No Accommodation Necessary

After all of my bitching and moaning about being back in Alberta, Canada I think I can finally articulate what is pissing me off. There is talk of accommodation but no consideration for what works for me. Only what works for others, or only what is the cheapest for the company. I am expected to […]

Guerilla Job Hunting

Guerilla Job Hunting

I still advocate the use of the job hunting system in the book “What Color is Your Parachute”. These days the job hunting market is tough, Guerrilla job hunting is the added approach the extra work you have to do to get the job, you have to be tenacious bordering on obnoxious. To start you […]

Assisted Living

Assisted Living

People often wonder, including close friends and family, how disabled am I really. I’ve been scorned and ridiculed for wanting to live with someone. Selfishly having someone there significantly enhances my functionality. Broadens the experiences available to me, and significantly simplifies my logistics. I try to live my life as high functioning as possible. I […]

Humiliated

Humiliated

We’ll my new job is going well. From a work perspective the challenge is interesting the scale is challenging. There are some wonderful and very smart people here its refreshing. Accommodation has reared its ugly head, again. A friend of mine said to me when I got the job, just accommodate yourself and forget about […]

Logistics & Accomidation

Logistics & Accomidation

Its almost embarrassing how such a little thing can make such a big deal in your life. They closed my commuter train station that I use to get to work. Don’t laugh this is a big deal.. Logistics for an activity are paramount it determines whether you can participate in that activity or do the […]

Managing the Noise

Managing the Noise

There are places on this planet, on this continent, in this country, in this state or province, in this town or city or settlement, in this house or cardboard box or mud hut; that: people, lovers, life, work, friends, family, the establishment, your priest, religion, the media, doctors, lawyers, passions, hobbies, yourself; will tell you […]

How Much Can I See?

How Much Can I See?

This is a question that won’t go away. The easy answer is I can’t see shit, but as fun and flippant that response it isn’t very informative. Formal visual acuity measurement is 20/200 corrected on a good day, even though this is a formal measurement of visual acuity with a recognized measurement scale to you […]

Amazon.com Second Thoughts

Amazon.com Second Thoughts

Amazon.com was my hero. I used to buy everything through them, seriously what ever I wanted I’d go to Amazon.com first. If they had what I was looking for they’d get the business. This passionate loyalty extended to books, until recently. Reading is a BIG freaking deal. I can’t read text in printed form anymore, […]

The Parental Alienation Opera

The Parental Alienation Opera

If you’ve been reading you’ve undoubtable read about my issues with having a relationship with my children. Also many of you have found your way here by searching for topics related to: unaccompanied children traveling alone, parental interference and parental alienation. I am here to tell you that this issue doesn’t only happen to the […]

Grammar Grammar Grammar

Grammar Grammar Grammar

Grammar has never been one of my strong points.  If you told me at any point in my life that I would one day be making my living by writing I would have laughed at you.   It’s really hard to master something that you can’t see or touch smell or taste.   I have the same […]

Angels Among Us

Angels Among Us

ran my first marathon a couple of years ago in Calgary.   I chose Calgary for my first marathon because I grew up there. I didn’t want to be worrying about where was I and where was I supposed to be going.   My knowledge of the city took my disability out of the equation.   I could […]

Gym

Gym

I hated gym I hated it all through school.  I ended up hating jocks.  Those SOB’s who do they think they are being able to do those things.    Who were those guys running down the track jumping those hurdles?   Man those things hurt…. Baseball runs in my family’s blood.  My dad played just below the […]

I Love Shopping

I Love Shopping

The internet has made available to me everything I could ever want.  I have purchased almost everything off of the web even a house.     I did have a trusted friend confirm the property was what I would want but I hadn’t seen it before the deal was closed. I Love Shopping Podcast Malls in a […]

Family

Family

It’s very hard for your family when you’re born with a disability.   There is the whole set of issues around what did we do wrong why do we deserve this why is god punishing us.   Then they have to deal with what and how will this baby grow up and make its way in the […]

Darkness

Darkness

A blind man is handy to have around in the dark. I live in the sticks can you believe that? I can’t. I live in a small town in the mountains and I’m happy about it. Yes logistics are difficult and its hard getting places but yet I’m happy. Living in the middle of nowhere […]

Curse You Cursive

Curse You Cursive

Time shows us that language reading or writing has only been available to about two percent of the population at any given time in human history. Historically the clergy were the ones who were taught to read and write. In the last fifty years this has changed dramatically. High technology historically was the pen and […]

Orientation / Navigation

Orientation / Navigation

I grew up in Calgary next to some of the best skiing in the world. My cousin told me that when you’re in an avalanche you need to spit to find out which way your buried in the snow. So you don’t dig the wrong way. When the spit starts hitting your face you know […]

Diversity Directions

Diversity Directions

My fiancee has a high data quality requirement for directions. No I’m not picking on my fiancee its just I have someone to show me the world and I’m learning so I’m sharing my learnings. Anyway. I can’t give directions to my fiancee at all. She needs street names and major intersections. These things are […]

Six Months and Still Babbling

Six Months and Still Babbling

WOW Its been six months since I started WWW.BlindManCan.COM. Its been fun. The comments have been interesting. I know people are reading the blog. The biggest theme is why don’t you describe more of what you’ve learned or tell more about how you felt in your blog posts. I want more. Six Months and Still Babbling […]

Where Dreams Come True

Where Dreams Come True

God has a way of getting the point across. God has been telling me emphatically for a few months now. Follow your voice follow your voice. People have been saying more and more often. You have such a great voice you should do radio. I even ran into someone in a store who remembered my […]

Groups

Groups

For all of us inclusion of some manner in a group is comforting. People’s thinking seems to be focused around categorization. We all need a hole to fit into be it round or square its kind of up to us as individuals. Sometimes how you fit a square peg in a round hole is with […]

Its Crunch Time

Its Crunch Time

In these tough economic times people with disabilities are going to take a huge hit. I read an article today that governments are thinking of canceling the death penalty to save money. You know if you have a disability that your screwed when the death row dude is going to live because they can’t afford […]

BlindManCan Store

BlindManCan Store

Check out the BlindManCan Store BlindManCan Store Podcast Today on a whim I added a store. A few of my friends have been suggesting slogans so why not. I’ve started with mugs but will be adding shirts hats etc. Check it out. You might enjoy some of the items.

BlindManCan on iTunes

BlindManCan on iTunes

BlindManCan Now On ITunes BlindManCan Now on iTunes Podcast Its technology so cool. You can now find BlindManCan on iTunes.

Head Out of Sand

Head Out of Sand

My parents had a couple of great sayings that really help me out to this day. Being disabled you can get caught up in yourself to the exclusion of all else. You can live in your own little world. You can also fall into the trap of feeling sorry for yourself. Head out of Sand […]

Groups II

Groups II

Some additional thoughts came to mind after I wrote about groups previously. I was listening to the Vinyl Cafe a radio show from the CBC in Canada. Its very comical following the exploits about Dave. Dave owns a used record store in small town no where Canada and the radio play follows Dave’s trials and […]

Human Migrations

Human Migrations

Growing up in Canada there were many times because of a resource based economy that industries shut down and people had to move. The mine was closed the forestry shut and fishery devastated. I never in my wildest dreams thought as an IT person that my industry would be devastated. I often thought of the […]

Audiance

Audiance

I’ve always been told that I’ve got a great set of pipes. Voice. I’ve always been told I should be in radio. When I was born the nurse even told my mom that I had / have a voice like a fog horn. I’ve been messing around with a career transition and talking to some […]

Run Me Down

Run Me Down

A fellow in a truck almost ran me down the other day. I tapped on his truck to get his attention and he started telling me how he was going to insert my white cane in an orifice of mine. I’ve done it as well when I do something I know I’m in the wrong […]

BlindManCan Amazon Store

BlindManCan Amazon Store

I added an Amazon hosted store for the books and devices I talk about. Check it out. I added an Amazon hosted store for the books and devices I talk about. Check it out.

No One is an Island

No One is an Island

With the current economic times God has taken the opportunity to remind me that no ones stands alone. No one is an island. I have always been grossly independent. Historically if you tried to help me I’d crush you like a bug for your generosity. I’d take offense be offensive and stand in admiration at […]

Artists Way

Artists Way

Its become apparent to me that one has to take care of themselves to be able to create. I have the “Artists Way” book but have never gone through it. I haven’t scanned it. But when I am under stress or I’m upset. I can’t write and I can’t record. Sucks. It continues to surprise […]

I Wish You’d Told Me

I Wish You’d Told Me

I wish you’d shared with me. I’m suffering for your ignorance and pride. Who do you think your kidding not talking about your disability not sharing with others in your family impacted by the same disability you have. Who are you not to admit that you are blind like me. Throughout our lives we are […]

I Admit It!!!

I Admit It!!!

O.K.. I admit it. I’m bitter. The worst economic meltdown in my lifetime absolutely. I’m so sick and tired of not being considered for a job because I don’t have a degree. I had a choice when I was going to school. The ophthalmologist told me your sight or a degree. It was a very […]

Desperation

Desperation

I now know why they call it a depression. Deep recession, recession, global economic disaster whatever. I’m going to call it a depression. We are not out of this thing yet. I don’t care what spin the governments are putting on things. Call me the crazy man yelling the sky is falling. We are in […]

The Hardest Choice

The Hardest Choice

Having children without the issue of a genetic disorder is daunting decision. Society is unkind to men and woman who choose not to have children. Parents, friends, apply a ton of pressure to have children. I’ve seen many people who don’t want children spend most of their life single as the pressure from society to […]