Thursday, March 12, 2009

Chapter 2, Part 2 - The Condo

There are three modes of transportation around Harbor View. They are (in ascending order of how many can be found at the condominium complex):

1. The Harbor View shuttle bus;
2. A resident’s personal automobile (whether he is capable of driving it or not); and
3. The wheelchair.

I’m not kidding on number 3. The wheelchair not only exists as a way of getting around Harbor View, it is the most prominent mode. Not that there’s anything wrong with people getting around on wheelchairs, it’s just that they catch you off guard if you’re not used to seeing them. And you do see them – everywhere – on the sidewalks, in the streets, and at the pool. Even on the golf course.

When Mom and Dad first looked at Harbor View as a potential condominium to buy, Mom said, “Hon, we can’t buy here. Look at all of the old people. So many of them are in wheelchairs.”

“Sweetheart,” he replied, “a lot of those people in wheelchairs are younger than you are.”

“But, I can still get around and do things.” Mom said.

“Some of those people in wheelchairs are doing more activities than when you were in your thirties,” Dad said to his wife, who has never been a very active person.

“True,” she replied, “But I don’t look that old. Do I? I’m only 58, after all.”

“Honey,” he said, “let’s face it, we look like we could be at home here.”

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