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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyCrip View Post
    Awww Jeeez....

    Well Van (Can I call you knob? Kidding!) If a cure ever comes, you deserve to take your newly able foot and kick me in the ass. I'll take my foot and insert it in my mouth! Until then - Sorry. Nothing personal.

    I just could not help thinking, "What the hell is that guy doing?" and "How the hell did he get so close?" Was the rcmp aware of the filming? If so, it did not seem to trickle down to the torch escorts.

    I was watching on CTV TORONTO LIVE. I'll pop over to their website and see if i can find a clip. Still think it was hilarious. The mountie running right next to the torch bearers - stopped, looked and pointed at you and said, "wtf?!"



    No problem CowboyCrip. Only friends who knew about my video project recognized the film equipment on the chair. I've got the DVD in my bag of the CTV newscast and footage from the shoot. As soon as my bedtime maiden arrives I'll pop it in the drive. It was hilarious dueling with the motorcycle cops. I hardly looked like a protester with my red Sydney Paralympics Canada vest on and credentials around my neck. That's what made it equally bizarre in the midst of all the protesters. They did know what to do with me. And couldn't see a camera because it's a lipstick cam at the top of the pole. They just grumbled like on South Park: "rabble rabble rabble rabble" with many F-Bombs thrown in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff B View Post
    It is ironic that pre-SCI I would have been happily willing to pull someone around in a Trailrider and had a very satisfying time doing it, but now being the guy in the trailrider I would be inclined to think it was not worth the hassle. I am glad that the option is there for those who want it though.

    The only reason I'm not a TrailRider aficionado is the one wheel design. I told Sam that would never work because quads want two wheels. I've been too stubborn to give in. Sam was right as usual.

    Having seen Sam transferred in and out many times using just a two-person bear hug and leg lift. But the SS Disability Foundation has a van with a movable Hoyer lift. We use it for the glider program. I can tell we need a Vancouver TrailRider Festival. Everyone comes to do a series of hikes Around the Lower Mainland. Including Wreck Beach. When you organize something official like that, it's easy to raise money. Send everyone home with a TrailRider to start a hiking program in your home community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jody View Post
    this inspires me to find a way to ride again. what a great film.

    I am interested in how the drug experiment is going to go. I just moved from the Philadelphia area, where heroine use is very bad. young people are getting to be addicts at an alarming rate. my beautiful daughter being one, though she is clean now. I have been to a few funerals because of it. It seems like a very common thing in that area. a losing battle. I have just learned another of the neighborhood girls is heavily addicted. I am surprised because she was often at our house to escape her heroine addicted parents, their neglect and abuse. in fact I intervened because they would not take her to the dr for a wound that turned out to be blood poisoning. she suffered many months and needed a pic line and surgery to recover. now she is one of the many addicted. nothing is working to combat this problem.
    When you leave junkies at the mercy of the street dealers, they never run into professionals who want to help them. Their world consists of users and pushers. When they come in to use safely, they are with people who have their best interests at heart.

    Enforcement doesn't combat the problem. Compassion does. Harm reduction does. HIV rates decline in the most at risk population.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkPals View Post
    I find myself watching this video over and over. This guy is someone I would like to know. That sailing segment really gets me VQ. Man, I bet that feels great!

    Just a few weeks before I went on the vent, some of my buddies kidnapped me and took me to the ski hill. I never thought I would get there again. They borrowed a sitski, and literally held me in with bungee cords and duct tape. We only made one run, and it wasn't pretty, but it gave me memories that will last my lifetime. All of the runs I made on black diamond hills pale to that one run. I will never forget my friends for giving me that wonderful day.

    Thanks for sharing VQ. When I read the title I was taken back...my brother's name is Sam Sullivan, and he is a pretty amazing guy too.

    We had two premiere screenings last week. And both times I could feel the hot July day we filmed it.

    Sam is a remarkable guy. The first screening featured many prominent people from Vancouver describing incredible projects of lovingkindness that they were working on. The second screening featured many peers from the disability community and an equal number of people from the substance-abuse community. We debated Sam's contention that drug addiction is like a disability. It needs to be managed like we manage our life. Two incredible days of dialogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyCrip View Post
    Awww Jeeez....

    Well Van (Can I call you knob? Kidding!) If a cure ever comes, you deserve to take your newly able foot and kick me in the ass. I'll take my foot and insert it in my mouth! Until then - Sorry. Nothing personal.

    I just could not help thinking, "What the hell is that guy doing?" and "How the hell did he get so close?" Was the rcmp aware of the filming? If so, it did not seem to trickle down to the torch escorts.

    I was watching on CTV TORONTO LIVE. I'll pop over to their website and see if i can find a clip. Still think it was hilarious. The mountie running right next to the torch bearers - stopped, looked and pointed at you and said, "wtf?!"
    Finally saw the footage and I can see where you're knob comment came from. I looked like a demented badger after a snake! It does look like a sip and puff chair. And the foot rests of the chair were too high to my knees are up and I'm hunched over the monitor. The shot I got up Sam passing on the flame were stellar however.

    We tried posting some of it to YouTube but it was taken down immediately. The IOC takes lessons from Kim Jong il!

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    Thanks for posting this.

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    There is this one but I am going to guess it's not the video you shot van quad. It's not bad though.



    I also saw the coverage on CTV of you in the torch run although I didn't know it was you until I just read this thread right now. I was almost expecting you to get tazered. Like cowboy crip I thought it was somebody who just got a little too enthusiastic and decided to crash the torch run lol. It makes much more sense now to know you were filming. What a great experience for you to have.

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    Van you must know Dennis Cherencko up there. He was a counsellor with BCPA for a longtime and then worked for BC Gov't. Do you have any idea on how he is doing? I heard he was not too good right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    When you leave junkies at the mercy of the street dealers, they never run into professionals who want to help them. Their world consists of users and pushers. When they come in to use safely, they are with people who have their best interests at heart.

    Enforcement doesn't combat the problem. Compassion does. Harm reduction does. HIV rates decline in the most at risk population.
    I have read that one of the main problems in Vancouver (and this is probably similar elsewhere) is that even if you get these people into rehab and cleaned up there is nowhere else they can afford to live but their old neighborhood. So even if someone is trying to stay clean they end up having to walk past 5 or 6 of their old dealers every day and eventually they wear them down until they start using again.

    Sad, but shows that just forcing them into jail or rehab alone does not help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangejello View Post
    There is this one but I am going to guess it's not the video you shot van quad. It's not bad though.



    I also saw the coverage on CTV of you in the torch run although I didn't know it was you until I just read this thread right now. I was almost expecting you to get tazered. Like cowboy crip I thought it was somebody who just got a little too enthusiastic and decided to crash the torch run lol. It makes much more sense now to know you were filming. What a great experience for you to have.
    thanks OJ. That's me in the red vest at 0:17 flashing by. To tell you the truth I couldn't really enjoy the moment because I was preoccupied with all the camera gear. And I'd just witnessed one of the motorcycle cops clip a little girl from behind and send her sprawling. Like I said, it was a crazy 10 minutes.

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