Archive for July, 2010

Hello world!

Posted in Life, Ramblings on July 30, 2010 by TexasWheelz

This is  my first post on this blog. Depending on where you’ve met me, ran across me or heard of me, some of you may know of as Kevin, some as TexasWheelz and others as AngryGimp. I’m not yet for sure of the reason of this blog just yet, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for years and even attempted to do one some back when MySpace was all the rage, I’ll get around to moving those blog entries over to here one of these days as they were good stories I felt.

A little more about me, I am 36 and have been a Para for 19+ years, Just 2 months shy of 20 years.  It’s been a long road with many bumps, potholes and detours, but it’s also had its stretches of nice even paved sections. It’s hard to say how being a Para has changed me or if it did as I wasn’t yet for sure of who I was at the time of my accident. Who does know who they are at 16?  Everyone is still figuring it out at that age, it just made it a little harder to figure out, but that doesn’t mean it changed who I would turn out to be in the end.  I can say that it’s allowed me to see the World and people who I’ve met differently then how I would have.  People look at you, talk to you and over all treat you different when you are sitting in a chair all the time.  I’ve often thought of attaching a camera to the side of my chair, just to allows others the same view that I get on a daily basis.   Maybe that is something that I’ll get around to doing one of these days.

At my current place in life I’m married and sort of working, sort of unemployed.  In other words my wife has opened up a catering and bakery business and I work for her for free. If you want to see some of the delicious things that she makes then you can visit or very much in need of an update website at http://www.chefpattycakes.com. This keeps us both pretty busy, although she has a lot more to do and stays a lot busier then I am.  On my spare time I try to get out and do as much as I can, although I don’t do as much as I want to and spend more time thinking about doing other things then I actually do doing them.  I’m hoping that this will change, I’m hoping that me putting this down into words will actually get me out and about more, to the gym more, to the pool more, to the hills that need to be rolled up and down more.  When I am actually out doing things it is with a great non-profit organization in the are http://www.riseadventures.org. Great people doing great things and I’m happy to be involved with them and hoping to get more involved with them as time goes by.

Unfortunately at this time not only has writer bloc already occurred, but this is about the limit of my typing abilities before my hands become blocks of pain. Hopefully in the future I’ll be able to get the much-needed carpal tunnel surgery, but until then I’ll just deal.

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New Chair

Posted in Life on July 30, 2010 by TexasWheelz

Believe it or not, it’s a pretty big thing when some one that spends the majority of their time in a wheelchair gets a new one.  Well I have a new one on order and it should have been here by now, this is leaving me very anxious. These things are not cheap, this one is going to come in at over seven grand, which is a total rip off as they have so very few moving parts and for that I could be a decent used vehicle that has more moving parts then you would want to count.  They say, well it’s custom-made and it’s made with titanium and carbon fiber and and…etc.  I’m pretty confident that for that much money they can buy enough material to make about 50 of these things.  They are light, the designs and quality have come a long ass ways from my first chair, but still $7000.00 for something with less than 15 feet of material if it was all laid out straight is nuts if it isn’t gold-plated.

So with knowing how much it cost and that you aren’t going to be dishing out that sort of money every year or so, you worry about the fit and the comfort.  You worry that maybe you ordered it with the wrong measurement in about 20 different places, although a wrong measurement in just one of those places can completely kill the whole chair for you. You can of course get chairs that have the option for multiple adjustments, but that also adds weight and more additional pieces to break over time.  This new chair will be the first one that I’ve completely trusted my measurements on from past chairs and it will have very little ability to adjust.

While other people just see you in a wheelchair, they don’t realize just how much a wheelchair means to you.  They don’t realize that the difference between the one they’ve played with at a hospital and the one you are setting in is like the difference between the cheapest car on the market and a half a million dollar super car.  All they see is a wheelchair, but a wheelchair is not just a wheelchair.  What you can do in one doesn’t always mean you can do it in another.

So yea if you can’t tell, I’m a little anxious about this new chair. I’ll be sure to take a picture or two when it comes in and compare it to the old one.