After a night of researching the left foot accelerator, it appeared as though the model that I wasn’t all that crazy about was really the only one on the market. Therefore, if I ever wanted to drive legally again, this would be my only choice. So Wednesday morning Shannon and I made another appointment at Autocrafting by Technistar to have it installed. Fortunately they had a great waiting area with a huge cable TV and wireless internet. It was while waiting that we met another customer John, who told us all about his disability, resulting outlook on life, and hobbies. We really enjoyed spending the time with him and ultimately convinced him to try a seat in the trike designed for wheelchairs that we had been eyeing on our previous visit. Seemed like a pretty good fit to me!
Bored with the waiting room, we moved to the backseat of one of the showroom minivans. We took it over like kids in a fort and the only time we let the employees back in was when we closed out our bill.
For a while now we have been trying to make plans to play chess with Geof who works with Shannon at the University of Rochester, and finally made it happen Wednesday night. Geof is a member of the Rochester Chess Club and a serious player, so I knew I was in trouble from the start. But I tried not to let the intimidation get to me. I thought I held my own, and at one point even had us both convinced that I had Geof in checkmate. It wasn’t until we were replaying the last few moves that Geof found that I had falsely declared victory, so we continued from there and I lost in one of those games that comes down to every last piece. Great game Geof, I look forward to the rematch.