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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I was at a sprint car race in Knoxville, Iowa once and someone came up to me and said "I'm so glad to see people like you out." I wanted to ask what type did he mean, business owner, college graduate, web developer, speaker, or something else? Unfortunately, the wheelchair seating, and most places, is pretty noisy, so he never would have heard me. I just nodded slightly and rolled my eyes as he walked away. My dad was with me, his comment was that people don't know what to say.

    My favorite is still the one I put on the similar thread a few years ago. In a restaurant in small town Washington state the waitress asked my mom sitting beside me, "Does he drink water?" I was like 17 at the time and was too surprised to have a good comeback.
    We get that one too. "It's so good to see you out". .. ... Ummmm... OK, whatever, as opposed to under a rock? Locked in an institution? This is 2013 people! We never know what to say back either. "Thanks" seems to validate their idiocy, but we don't want to be snarky either as they are trying to be nice in their own weird way.
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    person: it's good to see ppl like you out!
    me: yea i got out for good behavior from the psych ward
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    ^^^^

    Yeah. I basically use that one too. I tell them I'm on a 24-hour pass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck View Post
    Was in a minor car accident a few months ago (not my fault) and when I told a friend about it she said I should have screamed "I can't feel my legs" I love friends with warped senses of humour who suggest I say stuff that I wouldn't dare say or do.
    Oh man, that would be awesome. I've loved the warped comments my friends have come up for me, but also usually wouldn't have the guts. Usually with them its to say to strangers though, if around friends I'll totally say ridiculous/warped things.

    Once I told the story on a forum of when I was sitting at mcdonalds to use the wifi, and my service dog was laying behind me against the wall. A couple that was a few tables over started saying that Tessa was a guide dog, and so I must be blind. I had been reading and typing, and was not wearing headphones for a speech based program. Someone replied to PLEASE set the laptop in front of Tessa and ask if I spelled everything alright!

    But then I have a friend thats blind, and one time we were chatting online and she was talking about how nasty the weather was, and I said what a beautiful day it was here and I should send her a photo...
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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I was at a sprint car race in Knoxville, Iowa once and someone came up to me and said "I'm so glad to see people like you out." I wanted to ask what type did he mean, business owner, college graduate, web developer, speaker, or something else? Unfortunately, the wheelchair seating, and most places, is pretty noisy, so he never would have heard me. I just nodded slightly and rolled my eyes as he walked away. My dad was with me, his comment was that people don't know what to say.

    My favorite is still the one I put on the similar thread a few years ago. In a restaurant in small town Washington state the waitress asked my mom sitting beside me, "Does he drink water?" I was like 17 at the time and was too surprised to have a good comeback.

    I get something like that every once in an awhile about working. And the funny thing its always from someone that's on disability.

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    [SIZE=14px]So I was in line at the local Stop & Shop with a 25 lb bag of Purina kibble on my lap, and the woman in front of me said, "Oh, do you have a dog?" I thought about Bill Engvall and almost said, "Yep, here's your sign.", but I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Weight Loss Diet again.

    I said I probably shouldn't, because I'd ended up crippled the last time, But that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms

    I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is; you load your pants pockets with Purina kibble and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry, and that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.

    I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story to say the least.

    Totally horrified, the lady asked if I ended up crippled because the dog food poisoned me.

    I told her no, I had stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

    I've been banned from Stop & Shop...
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    I love that story Donno. Did you know that dog food is the perfect survival food? Our kids survival trainer made everyone carry some on all outings because it won't get eaten unless you have to eat. Nutritionally, he said there is nothing wrong with it.

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    This is one of my alltime favorite threads! The fellow who did the video of 'things people say to the disabled' deserves an award.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsMaisin View Post
    No hands, I just hang my **** out in front and let the gravitational pull from such a massive object pull me along. I just use my hands to steer.
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    New one to me. A woman came up to us at bike week and started to tell us about her niece who has a "deficiency". Then just wore the word out. Deficiency this, deficiency that, geez. But then we saw a guy with a T-shirt that said "Fuck you, I got enough friends." I got to get one of those.

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