Imagine this—One morning, you and your colleges are called into the conference room and presented with this question.: “Can we give a blind runner the freedom to run without a guide dog or a guide runner?”
Wow. What a challenge.
This morning I searched for “Happy stories” because I felt what is being thrown at us is fear, conflict, and horror.
Yesterday I mentioned to a friend that I wanted a happy story. She said, like kitties and puppies.
Yes, I love kitties and puppies. So many happy or at
least tender-hearted stories are about animals--a dog sleeping with a deer, an
Alaskan Husky romping with a polar bear, an elephant reaching his trunk to a
kitty stranding on a rock in the middle of a stream. (You know the kitty was rescued, someone took the picture.)
This morning I found one about humans.
Blind Thomas Panek believed he was born to run and had raced with the aid of a guide runner, but he felt he was always following someone. For a marathon, he used a three-dog relay. But
he dreamed of running independently.
The designers came up with an app, phone, headphones, and a stripe painted on the road. The device could tell the runner when he veered right or left.
On a run through a forested road, Thomas broke down and cried for before, he said, he was always dependent upon someone.
This gave him freedom.
Do you have a happy story to tell?
And if you would help me get 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I can change the URL to custom.
That way, I can remove my actual name and give it a simple name to share and to find. (I must also include a picture and have a banner. I’ve done that. Now I need subscribers.) So far, I have 87 views. Perhaps you don’t want to listen to me for 9 minutes—but the forest is pretty. The latest video is of a trail in the Cascade Range of Oregon. It’s a short walk down to the McKenzie River. And I am happy I got my audio aligned with the video and a roar of the river at the end.
You know how rushing water can be calming and exciting all at the same time. I wish that for you.
“In the fall of 2019, I asked that question to a group of designers and technologists at a Google hackathon. I wasn’t anticipating much more than an interesting conversation, but by the end of the day, they’d built a rough demo that allowed a phone to recognize a line taped to the ground and give audio cues to me while I walked with Blaze. We were excited and hopeful to see if we could develop it into something more.” --Thomas Panek
July 27. 2021
McKenzie River Trail Marcola Hills, Oregon
Jewell's happy Trails #1
This video is in my channel. I left
it raw and uncensored because
I liked it being off the cuff.
Perhaps it needs shortened a bit.