Archive for March, 2010

Rollituning Part V

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Ich bin so langsam ernsthaft am ĂĽberlegen, ob bei meinem Unfall das


aktiviert wurde, als mir das Auto auf den Kopf fiel.

Seinen Rolli mit zusätzlichen


zu bekleben, einen

Tacho und RĂĽcklicht
(siehe älteren Beitrag)

nachzurĂĽsten, ihn mit





zu modifizieren, die


auszutauschen, und das


von 3 verschiedenen Rollstuhlherstellern zusammenzufriemeln, wir wollen ja nicht

Die Maus
(siehe älteren Beitrag)

am Rucksack vergessen, erscheint ja irgendwie noch legitim.
Aus medizinischer Sicht sind sogar noch


vertretbar,aber mit

 2 Chromleisten,


24 Zoll Breitreifen*

*(ok, hoch statt breit)
(siehe älteren Beitrag)

und seiner Lederausstattung in Form meines neuen schwarzen



nehme ich es jetzt mit meinem Rolli mit jedem

3er BMW


Ein StĂĽck korrekt Wurzelholz, 2 PlĂĽschwĂĽrfel und eine
8er Billardkugel bekomme ich auch noch irgendwie verbaut.
Ăśber die Sorte des Wunderbaumes wird derzeit noch gestritten!!

Ich kann beim Fahren beide Ellenbogen raushängen lassen :-)

Handicap Parking Part II

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


Wonders will never cease!

Addendum to blogpost Handicap Parking Part I from 02.02.10
(see older blogpost)

Upon enquiry at the road traffic department they explained that
in spite of the signs

Absolute stopping restriction

I am allowed to park my car on the

disabled parking place designated for me even without handicap label.

In the meantime my disabled parking permit expired.
Hardly to believe, isn’t it? Once again the whole administration work.

When my car stood on my parking place the first 2 days in the year 2010 the storm hit us beginning of March!!!
My two favourite signs fell over and missed my car by around 10 cm.
That was close…
In retrospect:
The sign could have hit a car of my neighbours who always kept my parking place dry.

On Friday 19.03.2010 my parking place was finally labelled.

I would like to point out that I don’t blame the road traffic department of Frankfurt.

I will keep you posted about the number of the future compulsory relocated cars away from my disabled parking place.

Translator BL

Tetrapack II

Sunday, March 21st, 2010


There is a football god after all!!!

I have reported in one of my first blogposts how another Eintracht Frankfurt football fan I didn’t know gave me his 17 year old

yellow Tetrapak Eintracht Frankfurt football shirt
(see older blogpost)

, which I was looking for.
As if I had anticipated it, I decided on Saturday 2 hours before kick-off of the match

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich

to call my cousin to watch the match with him live on TV. I should mention that at this time Bayern Munich was unbeaten for the last 19 matches, and my cousin and I had endured the 0:4 home match loss against these Southern Germans half a year ago in the stadium.
Well then, my cousin had told his colleague my story with the yellow Tetrapak football shirt, whereupon he gave him a couple of weeks ago his old

red Tetrapak football shirt

for me.
Heaven only knows why Stefan came as well yesterday of all days to watch football with us.
Eintracht played great.
Within the last 4 minutes they could turn the 0:1 score with two goals and sent Bayern home with


The photo was made before the match.

It shows the girlfriend of my cousin, Stefan and me.

Translator BL

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks VI

Sunday, March 21st, 2010


In winter or rainy weather, almost all pedestrians take off their shoes in front of their door and sneak in socks over the laminate.

I absolutely appreciate that this makes sense when you have estimated 2 kg snow on the soles of your shoes
and you don’t like to go sledging in your flat.

You won’t believe how much snow or rain water can stick to a wheelchair.
Even the wiping of the wheelchair tyres with discarded towels is rather difficult if you are not a Paralympian or contortionist.

To counteract the spring tide in your flat
I have purchased a carpet as it is usually lying e.g. at the entrance of department stores and positioned it outside of my door in the staircase.

These carpets absorb up to 6 liters of water per m².
With its size of 230 cm x 120 cm my

wheelchair tyre cleaning carpet

(wheelchair doormat)

could actually absorb more than 16 liters rain water.
Before I roll into the flat I am doing two laps on the carpet in the staircase, and the wheelchair tyres are clean and dry.

Up to now the maximum “filling capacity” was not reached yet.

Translator BL

Rollituning Part IV

Thursday, March 18th, 2010


After winter season is over and snow is melted, finally my

special wheelchair winter tyres

are ready.
Because the wheelchair producers offer mountain bike wheelchair tyres for dumping prices as of 550 € on the open-ended scale,
I have decided while sitting in my flat during a snow drift to construct

offroad wheelchair winter tyres

myself and let it produce in small batch (two pieces).
I would like to point out that I have not copied anything,
the outcome should be reasonable after all.
The winter has just been too short!
Today I have the tyres on my wheelchair for the first time, and the snow is gone.
What a cheek.
OK, maybe instead

wheelchair downhill mountainbiking


Translator BL

Latest Project: Hand Cycle

Sunday, March 7th, 2010


I have bought the

hand cycle

with an extra amount of snow.

The costs of such a bike start from 2400€ when it’s new
(no typing error).

It doesn’t even have 2 wheels!!!

One day it should look like this (see newer blogposts).

I have to clean instead of writing :-)

Still no clue how I should hold the handles…,
let alone how I should shift the gears?

The handles issue should work out somehow with lots of duct tape, construction foam, sanitary silicone and super glue so that I can hold them with my buckled fingers.
There is a variant to shift gears with the chin.
Attach a toothbrush to the lever,
and I sell the bike in Ebay in the beauty section for double the price.

Translator BL

Crazy Flash I

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Sorry, this entry is only available in Deutsch.

Technical Aids Tips and Tricks V

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010


It is always a little difficult to switch on and off electric devices sitting in a wheelchair.

There are always missing the commonly known 2 cm.
Not 1 cm, or 5 cm?
There are always 2 cm.

I have the theory that this results from mass inertia, momentum and black holes.

Here is the solution:

remote-controlled electrical sockets!!!

A remote-controlled Christmas Tree lighting is quite nice.

(see other blogpost)

Radio coverage allegedly until 25 m. (Probably only at full moon on April 1st).

You can get regularly special offers for a pack of 4!
(15 €, not much more.)

If you buy the pack of 4 twice from the same manufacturer, you should change the radio frequency with the little DIP switches, (in German) also known as

mice piano


It might happen otherwise that the toilet light is switched on together with the coffee machine.

Well, maybe not so bad after all… let’s think about it again…

It is not complicated to change the switches.
Every quadriplegic who manages it should get a piece of cake or two from his occupational therapist.

Serious safety instruction:
Please always consider the max. switching power, around 1000 watt.
Never connect an electric heater, around 2000 watt!!!
The switches get hot and might start burning.

I have experimentally connected an electric heater, the electrical socket didn’t survive!!!

Should there be any difficulties with playing the keys (setting the switches) I am at your disposal as professional ”piano tutor” .

Have fun with the piano lesson.

Translator BL