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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Finding the Right Car

By Donna J. Jodhan

Now, here's a bit of humor for you.  How do I go about avoiding the wrong car?  When I had vision enough to see, I used to depend on color and size of the car but now that I have lost most of it and not enough to see the car, I have to use
other methods. 

First, I listen for the sound of either the approaching or idling engine.  In almost all cases, I ask those picking me up to blow the horn a certain number of times when they come to meet me and this works very well.  However, if for some reason the horn strategy does not work and there is more than one car waiting out there, I then have to deploy different tactics and it comes down to teamwork between me and the one picking me up.

When I was able to see, and if it was dark, I had a prearranged light signal but now the one picking me up has to come out of their car and call to me.  If I am unlucky enough to walk towards the wrong car then I have to use my sense of smell.  That is, upon opening the door, I have to make sure that the smell is familiar enough to me.  Failing this, I have to use my sense of feel and touch to quickly seek out familiarity with regard to the feel of the car.  Things such as; the feel of the door handle, the seat belt, the seat itself, and anything else that would help me to identify things quickly. 

The strategies used to identify the right car to get into depend on the level of vision.  If one has enough sight to identify color and shape, then these are the strategies to use but if one does not have enough sight then strategies outlined above would surely work.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and share my blogs with the rest of the world.

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