Start looking at Honda Element drivers.
Maybe it's just me, but around here there seem to be a disproportionate
percentage of grey heads driving Elements.
My theory is that Honda accidentally put something out that caters to
Something that is easy to get in and out of without bumping one's head
and which has reasonable interior room.
With American cars, I'm starting to suspect that designers believe
people will feel insecure with too much room inside. They build these
quite-large cars (the wife's Malibu comes to mind) and then build out
the interior so there's hardly any room - not to mention the ludicrous
lack of headroom.
6'5" with unusual leg proportions.
Was in the service with a guy who, by all indications, has the exact
same body as Kmart's size medium clothing dummy. It was amazing: he
always looked like he was wearing custom-tailored clothes.
Ergonomics is one possibility. Not everybody is 5'8" tall and most
cars are optimized for wind tunnels instead of people.
I'm not in love with my F150 and I despised my Suburban.
But the alternatives were leaving oil stains on the headliner, spinal
cord injury in a minor accident, chronically sore knees from pressing
against the dashboard, having to drop into a full squat to get in or out
of the vehicle, banging one's head on the roof getting in, and having
the headlights from all those damn pickup trucks and SUVs hitting me at
The problem is we have an epidemic of McHandicapped people. They have eaten so many McFatAss burgers they now have
trouble walking. They caused their own illness...and now the rest of us have to pay increased taxes to pay their
Think your taxes are too high? Thank a McFatAss!
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I'm about three-quarters of the way through a book titled "Fat Chance"
by Robert H. Lustig (Hudson Street Press).
The guy seems to have some serious credentials and the level of detail
in the book is part of the reason I'm only 3/4 of the way through it
after quite a few weeks.
My sound-byte-level take-away so far is that obesity:
- Is an almost world-wide epidemic and spreading
- Started in the 70's
- Is directly related the changed composition
of people's diet.
- Is, by-and-large, *not* a matter of willpower
or morality. Ignorance, yes, will power/morality, no.
On Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:02:35 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No surprise that Illinois is cracking down on abusers of handicap parking
permits, especially when it cuts into their revenue! See:
On Sat, 01 Feb 2014 13:35:52 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
Prejudice is distasteful, I agree. Apparently, the state of Illinois believes
there is a loss of parking revenue due to those possessing handicap permits
parking in metered spots, for long periods of time, at no charge.
It might be logical to assess levels of disability and assign privileges on a
graduated basis. e.g., someone who suffers from borderline personality disorder
certainly has a disability, but should it entitle them to a handicap parking
permit on that basis alone?
Are you saying that you think there should be a "crip parking"
bureaucrat appointed to decide who gets a HC plate? ...or should
doctors decide what their patients need?
The only thing that bothers me about HC parking is that there seems to
be about 10x the number of spaces as needed in many places (HD and
such, in particular).
On Sat, 01 Feb 2014 14:14:58 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would never use the term "Crip", I consider it to be pejorative.
If you read the article I posted above, you will find an explanation of what
they are doing in Illinois and why.
"A state law taking effect Jan. 1 says only motorists whose impairments prevent
them from being able to pay a meter can park for free in those spots. Before,
anyone with a disability parking placard could do so."
From this information it is apparent the state of Illinois has already passed
laws that provide for different levels of disabilities.
In my opinion, I think determining a level of disability for purposes of special
privileges or entitlements should be done conjointly by representatives of the
respective individual and then reviewed by the state.
Anecdotally, I have personally observed fraud and abuse with the handicap
parking privileges not to mention federal and state disability entitlements.
Putting stricter controls in place for all such government privileges and
entitlements would be a positive step, IMHO.
We're on the same page. My issue is those who judge others based only
on their appearance. There *are* legitimate reasons for having a WC
permit that may not be obvious to the average Usenetter. Let law
enforcement do their job. I wish they would, WRT welfare and
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