As I look around there is still so much to do before the grandchildren arrive later today. A bit of tidying and then assemble dinner in the slow cooker, it’s too hot for an oven. My son will be staying overnight before heading back and has a huge appetite so dinner has to be filling. What I’ll make I better determine quickly.
Not a great picture but this is the first flower that opened on the lemon tree.
There’s also the chore chart to finish. I believe children should feel they are a part of a family and that means they need to help with the everyday chores, just my opinion mind you. I’m not a slave driver but if the children pitch in it gives me more time to spend with them. One can sweep a floor while another loads the dishwasher I can be wiping down the counters and stove or running a load of laundry but the chores will be completed as a group accompanied with music and dancing to make them fun. They will also help me prepare plan and prepare the meals. When needed they can strip and make beds or wipe down the tub when done showering.
These are the things that make a household work and children should be included in these tasks. The chore chart is simply a list of the jobs that need completed daily or weekly, who completes each chore will be voluntary as we all have chores we either dread or don’t mind. No sense in forcing anyone to do a task they hate. It’s a lot like forcing a child to eat a food they don’t like. Taste buds change as we get older but if all we remember was being forced to eat a food we didn’t like we won’t try it again later in life.
But the title of this is They called the Police on me.
Having a dog here I’ve been getting up early to put her out each morning. Not easy to maintain when you aren’t a morning person. So yesterday I overslept and had to hurry to get to the ATM to pay for the top soil that would be arriving. I didn’t have time to take the long way to the store where the ATM is located so I took the shorter way which means I have to ride my chair for a brief period in the turning lane of the main street.
The section in question is a separate lane just for turning left and is maybe 20 feet long. That is all the longer I am on this street. The rest of my traveling through town consists of side streets that are narrow enough that two cars barely fit on the street. In those situations if there is a car parked on one side I always check and yield to any cars before passing the parked car. The way I figure it, even if I arrived first a car is faster and I’m in no hurry. I want drivers to realize that even though the sidewalks are unusable I am not trying to impede their path.
When it comes to the main street I have assumed my chair is equivalent to the rules that govern bicycles and therefore the cars need to share the road with me. I use the same hand signals and road rules a person on bike should.
I am not obnoxious about it and would rather make this quick in a period when there is no traffic on the road, which I was able to do on this trip. In case traffic does happen to come up behind me I always stay right up along the concrete median, which is too high to ride my chair up onto, that separates the lane from the opposing traffic this gives cars have plenty of room to go around me.
Unknown to me someone decided I shouldn’t be allowed on the road and called the police. An officer drove around until he found me. I was informed of the call and told I am not allowed to use the road to get to the store. He was respectful about it but never asked me how I used the road nor did he tell me the details of the call he received. I treated him with the same respect in my responses but I was a bit teed off the same.
After sitting with this, having a conversation with my son, and looking to see if there are any laws that might pertain to my situation in Pennsylvania (which there appear to be none) I continue to feel the officer was in the wrong for seeking me out and informing me of what I can and cannot do without confirming that the details given him by the caller were in fact accurate.
My gut instinct is to visit the Police station and speak to the chief. I’ve already spoken to city council about the lack of sidewalks and complete disrepair of others that make it necessary for me to use the streets in the first place. I see the conversation going something like “show me a law that says I can’t be considered equal to a person traveling by bicycle” and if he can’t asking him in the future to inform callers, should it happen again, that I am within my rights to make a left hand turn to the grocery store in the same way a bicyclist would.
This is not the street in question but the lanes are very similar. The street I traveled on has two lanes plus the turning lane but it’s a single lane street only two blocks before this and being a small town traffic is light enough to only need one lane. There is also no street light as shown in the photograph. I should add there are only two street lights on this street for a couple of miles, small towns are like that. Where I ride is right on the yellow line as close to the median as I can get my tires.
I know I can be a bit testy when I think my rights are being restricted so I’m asking those of you who are able-bodied to give me your opinion. How do you feel about sharing the road with a motorized wheelchair? Would you assume the same rules apply to me that would apply to a bicyclist or would you be upset/worried to come upon a wheelchair in the road?