Wandering Thoughts: ADA, Suitcases, Baby Names (Not for me yet!)

As I was watching my co-workers leave our building this evening (waiting for my shuttle bus) I considered the Americans with Disabilities Act.
It came to mind as I watched a woman kind of hurl herself bodily against the door to push it open. She was pulling a rolling suitcase in one hand and grasped a sheaf of papers in the other -- no hand available to push open the door. She managed with some trickery and leg contortions to keep the door open while she pulled her suitcase through the door after her. Only to repeat the whole act again, since we have double doors. I know, I could have rushed to her assistance and held the door open, but I was lost in contemplation about how she could just use the handicap button which opens both doors gently and automatically.
One of Juliet's first architecture jobs involved designing homes for seniors. Special features included lever doorknobs (instead of the slippery round ones) and little ledges outside of the front door, so that groceries can be set down while unlocking the door. As she listed the amenities I wondered to myself, "do I have to be old to get those things?" Why can't all homes be designed with such consideration? Where is MY grocery ledge?
Hasn't the Americans with Disabilities Act made life for all of us easier? Curbs that meet the street in a small ramp, good for wheelchairs as well as rollerboard suitcases and strollers. Buttons to open doors whether you're in a walker or walking your shopping cart out to the parking lot. A spacious handicap bathroom stall makes changing for the gym at the office much easier, as well as pulling that darn rollerboard suitcase safely inside at the airport restroom.
As you can see, much of my life has become about accommodating my travel shadow: rollerboard suitcase. Considering I use Suitcase nearly as often as my car, perhaps I should name him. Any suggestions? I've come to have a simple affection for him, since he reliably fits into almost every overhead compartment and always seems to have extra room inside for an extra pair of shoes. His family name is Delsey, so whatever the first name is better fit with that. (It's funny to consider, but I bet there are real kids running around out there named Delsey. In my industry we sometimes wonder with humor: how many kids might have the same name -inadvertently- as drugs for infectious diseases, bladder problems or mood disorders. Celexa, sounds nice doesn't it? Also helps get rid of the blues!)

(This blog post is really like inviting you into my head to crawl around the passages for a while. I usually try to have some unifying theme, but not today.)

4 comments:

Rick said...

How about Roland Delano Delsey? Kinda' lame, but you could call him Rollie, which ain't bad.

Rick said...

That's Rollie pronounced like Rollie Fingers, BTW.

Andra Sue said...

I think you should give him a world-traveler type name. Maybe Rooselvelt? :)

Claire said...

Both names are quite appropriate. I like Rollie, and I also like Roosevelt, as our cat's name is Teedie (for Theodore Roosevelt - it was his boyhood nickname.) Perhaps Roland Roosevelt Delsey? :) I'll ask Jason to make sure I'm pronouncing Rollie correctly. Thanks, Friends.

 

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