Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mama's first bus outing with her new walker

We went to the Mall 205 Red Robin: America's Gourmet Burgers and Spirits on the 15 bus. It was Tip-A-Cop for Special Olympics, a fund raiser supported by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. The sun was out, a perfect day for Mama to try the bus with her new walker with four wheels, hand brakes and a seat; we left the basket at home. Lamont's been taking her to physical therapy for a couple of months--the therapists decided this sort of walker offered Mama more independence and confidence.

On the way up the slope towards NW 23rd, Mama stopped for a rest.
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Here she is waiting for the bus on the corner of NW 23rd and NW Flanders. The gusty wind poofed the front of her hair.
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Curious Georgette, at your service! See how the wind messed with her hair? I've got her walker over where I'm sitting--it would not fit in the seat with her.
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She's keeping her eye on the road, isn't she?
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I got a grin out of her here!
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A couple of Red Robin employees wave at vehicles, hoping to draw in some customers and Special Olympics supporters.
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Yep, I was too hungry to remember to take a photo first!
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Here's a patrol car, decorated with balloons for the special occasion. You can tell there was a still stiff breeze.
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While we were at the table, a nice-looking woman in a bright blue top, with really pretty white hair walked up to us and said, "Hello. I'm Karen from Stayton, Oregon. I just wanted to say hello. I recognized you from the Portland blog." Well, you probably could have flown an airplane in and out of both of our mouths! That's how surprised we were. Pleased as punch, too. She said she'd moved from Portland to Stayton and felt like she visited Portland every time she looked at the blog. How nice!

We'll go back sometime--the burgers and fries were good. Maybe next time I'll get a spirit, too! Afterall, I'll be riding the bus.
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7 comments:

Steve Buser said...

She's quite a traveler with her new "scooter." I was taken aback by the gloves. I forget, everyone's summer does start the last week in April.

Joan said...

Looks like it is still cool out there - gloves and jackets.

Don and Krise said...

Your Mom has a nice smile. It looks like she had a good day out. Go Mom Go!!

Jim said...

Mama now just needs to pimp out her walker with some bling.

gogouci said...

Wow, sounds like the two of you had quite the eventful day.

AVCr8teur said...

Go Mama! Glad to see she's still willing to go out with her new walker. Congratulations on being recognized. Isn't that a great feeling to know complete strangers are reading your posts!? :)

Thank you for your comment regarding my Golden Gate Bridge postings. It's really not a bad walk. At least it doesn't sway in the wind. :)

The Mulligan Family said...

Looks like it was a beautiful day and everyone had a good time. We love Red Robin.