Imagine this—One morning, you and your colleges are called into the conference room and presented with this question: “Can we give a blind runner the freedom to run without a guide dog or a guide runner?”
Wow. What a challenge.
This morning I searched for “Happy stories” because I felt what is being thrown at us is fear, conflict, and horror.
Yesterday I mentioned to a friend that I wanted a happy story. She said, like kitties and puppies.
Yes, I love kitties and puppies. So many happy or at least tender-hearted stories are about animals–a dog sleeping with a deer, an Alaskan Husky romping with a polar bear, an elephant reaching his trunk to a kitty stranding on a rock in the middle of a stream. (You know the kitty was rescued, someone took the picture.)
This morning I found one about humans.
Blind Thomas Panek believed he was born to run and had raced with the aid of a guide runner, but he felt he was always following someone. For a marathon, he used a three-dog relay. But he dreamed of running independently.
The designers came up with an app, phone, headphones, and a stripe painted on the road. The device could tell the runner when he veered right or left.
On a run through a forested road, Thomas broke down and cried for before, he said, he was always dependent upon someone.
This gave him freedom.
Do you have a happy story to tell?
And if you would help me get 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel, I can change the URL to custom.
That way, I can remove my actual name and give it a simple name to share and to find. (I must also include a picture and have a banner. I’ve done that. Now I need subscribers.) So far, I have 87 views. Perhaps you don’t want to listen to me for 9 minutes—but the forest is pretty. The latest video is of a trail in the Cascade Range of Oregon. It’s a short walk down to the McKenzie River. And I am happy I got my audio aligned with the video and a roar of the river at the end.
You know how rushing water can be calming and exciting all at the same time. I wish that for you.
“In the fall of 2019, I asked that question to a group of designers and technologists at a Google hackathon. I wasn’t anticipating much more than an interesting conversation, but by the end of the day, they’d built a rough demo that allowed a phone to recognize a line taped to the ground and give audio cues to me while I walked with Blaze. We were excited and hopeful to see if we could develop it into something more.” –Thomas Panek
July 27. 2021
McKenzie River Trail Marcola Hills, Oregon
Jewell’s happy Trails #1
This video is in my channel. I left
it raw and uncensored because
I liked it being off the cuff.
Perhaps it needs shortened a bit.