With all that being said, said, I absolutely hate it when people look at me like I have no fucking clue how to drive this damn thing. Let me give you an example. I'm driving down the sidewalk, like I've done a billion times all over Seattle, and someone is walking down the same sidewalk towards me in the opposite direction. And before you ask or wonder, I'm traveling at a normal "walking" pace. Now where was I? Oh yeah, so this is a wide enough sidewalk where we can both pass each other comfortably, and I'm already hugging the right side, basically showing "hey, I've moved over so you have enough room too." But then you know what this guy does? He walks all the way off of the sidewalk and into the grass, giving me the whole damn sidewalk!! Really?!? I need all that space?!? So I look like I'm going to commit vehicular homicide?!? Is there some wheelchair gang that is taking out legs and toes all around the country?!? I didn't think so. I think I know what the hell I'm doing! But if that didn't paint a vivid, yet also pretty damn annoying, enough picture for those of you reading this that can walk, let me ask you a question. How many times has some walked up to you and said "man you walk good! How'd you learn how to step around with such precision?" Exactly. Never. However, every time someone does the asinine thing of asking someone in a wheelchair, and I'm not talking about someone who's learning to drive one for the first time, those types of questions, that's essentially what they're doing. They're asking someone who's used a wheelchair most of the day, every day, for years, how did they get so skilled. How the hell do you think?!? Even yesterday, I had a woman say "it amazes me how good you guys are at moving around in those things." She was an older woman, so I didn't go off necessarily, but I had to tell her "it's just like you walking around. It's just second nature." Jeez.
So let this be a lesson to you all. Driving around in a wheelchair, for most of us, is just like walking around for you. We do it everyday, and have been doing it everyday for a while. It's said that practice makes perfect, and dammit we've had as much practice as is humanly possible. "How'd I get so go?" Cripple Please!