We interrupt your regularly scheduled friendly feel good post to bring you a special ranting report.
Good morning everyone. I hope this post finds you doing super great. All things considered I’m doing OK. I do, however, have a few issues that are driving me to distraction and destruction and I’m just going to have to speak on them. I mean I gotta let off some steam else, BOOM! POW! You get the idea…
So, starting on Tuesday, and continuing throughout the week, my Siri on my IPhone stopped working. Well, I suppose I should qualify, if I look at the screen with my fingers, by swiping down for a continuous read, I can most times see the answer for what I’ve asked, but the voice isn’t working.
On Tuesday morning I checked online with the Apple.com/accessibility website and found no reason why this would be happening. At the end of the day I phoned Spectrum Mobile which is where I purchased my phone, and the very helpful CRS lady told me that the last update had caused Siri to not work correctly when the phone was in low power mode and an update would come along soon to fix this issue.
OK. Great. I could fix this. So, I turned off low power mode, restarted the phone and YES! It started working fine again.
Then… It stopped. Now, I do not have it on low power mode. I have anywhere from 2 to 4 bars of signal depending where I am in the house, I haven’t gone over my data (of course I’m supposed to have unlimited data but…) Anyhow, it has no reason to do what it is doing. Either it won’t talk at all, or it tells me it’s having trouble connecting to the network. Frustrated doesn’t qualify. I use this damned app every-day. I truly don’t know who to yell at so I’m just fracken yelling!!!!!!!!
On top of this, this morning, honest to God just because the clock said A.M. I don’t consider the time I woke up morning, but anyhow, I woke up at: 1:21 A.M. and haven’t been back to sleep. So, while everyone can say its morning, to me it already feels like mid-day. GRR.
I need to go out onto the bus today. It’s our last day with an active bus stop here, and don’t even get me started on that.
Well, the bus company and city of Kingsport have decided we folks here on Redwood Dr. and surrounding areas of the Borden park neighborhood don’t need a bus stop. Now before I go forward, I must tell you that they damn well knew where the new bus station would be because it had already been under construction for quite sometime before they added our bus stop, which contrary to popular belief is used every-day.
I don’t use it every-day, but I do use it, and a family across the street consisting of an adult disAbled member and several care givers rides that bus every-day without fail. They use that bus stop for at least one way of their outing, and when weather permits, they use it for both. I’ve also witnessed people from the park using it, and if they’d bothered to advertise it a bit other people, like high-school kids with student passes would’ve used it too. I know because I went over to the park and spoke to people randomly, and they were surprised there was a bus stop, and dismayed to just be learning about it only to have it taken away.
So, anyhow, they cannot meet the need of their door to door passengers, which I’m going to now be again, thanks very much, most times they’re booked up as much as a week in advance, so what the Flippin hell do I do when I get up on a Monday and realize I’m out of toilet paper and call the bus to get a same day service van only to be told they’ve no van service available until the following Tuesday? Well, like today, I’d go out and catch the bus. But, Nooo! They want to get rid of it and say it’s cause of the new location of the bus station.
GRR! Local Government.
Now, mind you I helped them get their fracken money for this new bus station, the location of which is removing our bus stop. I was asked by their “Rights Advocate” to write a letter showing proof of need for things like the new bus station, which is now removing our stop, talking GPS units which would be installed on the busses, which were bought but only a very few of actually work, and other things. I also was asked to and did participate in a video proving that disAbled persons used the public mass transit regularly, but now, now, the very things which I helped to get are doing away with services I and others like me need!
How does this make me feel? In a word, used. “Think about the disAbled when you need them and kick them into the gutter when you don’t.”
Ah well, life is what it is. I tried to get something done about it but the powers that are of the state while at first, appeared to be interested, and seemed like they might help, have dropped off the radar, which in “reality speak” means they don’t give a shit!
So, pay your city taxes, folks, be told part of them are going for services to help the disAbled communities of your town and be lied to. Oh, and forget getting things like def/blind friendly signal lights, because when I tried that I was told there weren’t enough people in our town that would use them, again a load of crap. I’m not the only guide dog handler in Kingsport. Not the only visually challenged walker, and we’ve hearing challenged persons who ride our bus and walk every-day. and how the hell are we supposed to walk to show we would use something if what is there is unsafe?
Sick of companies like Apple always updating things without thought to what they’re doing to the voice over compatible apps, and extremely tired of local governments walking all over their disAbled communities those of whom provide economy to their town. You sure as hell don’t mind taking our money for things in your stores and shops, rent, etc.
OK. Rant over. I thank you for reading if you did, and I now return you to your regularly friendly feel good blog posts.