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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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gwendovere21 From: gwendovere21 Date: April 18th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you figure out how it managed to "drink" yet? Maybe it just poured it all down the toilet.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... anti-alcohol camera? It's invaded the wrong house.
twinkieeee From: twinkieeee Date: April 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was browsing through one of the photographers web page and came across your one of your pics.I too am a photographer, and I know this is going to sound weird, but Ive only met a couple people who share what I have (Which is having a missing forearm)Im always interested to talk with people and get to know them, share stories, etc. I guess its just more curiosity as to how other people like me have adapted to life. Please feel free to email me beyond LJ thecrazytwinkie@gmail.com
abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, yes! I got your message but promptly forgot.

I wouldn't say I've adapted, per se, as I never had the limb. So it has always been the way I operate - never needed to adjust how I interacted with things.
twinkieeee From: twinkieeee Date: April 18th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I was born this way too. I guess maybe I phrased that the wrong way. What I meant is that Ive always been interested in meeting people like me, and that Im curious about other peoples life.

You seem like you are very open, and that you dont let anything hold you back. I think thats awesome. Ive met a few people who were born this way, who are so closed off, and try to hide it.

For myself, I guess it was the support of my family and friends that allowed me to become the person that I am. If someone tells me I cant do something..... I do it anyway, just to prove them wrong.
abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to angry when people assumed I couldn't do something or that I somehow needed help doing normal tasks. I had a "How Dare They!" attitude.

Now, I don't really care if they do or don't, I suppose. it doesn't crss my mind that anyone could consider that I couldn't do something like anyone else. But I've also not had recent experience with anyone trying to do something for me - may be the people I know in Madison are more tolerant and respectful than many.

What bugs me now is adults with children. Children are curious - rightly so - and their parents freak out and tell them not to stare. Drives me crazy, discourages inquisition in children!

Physically, I can't think of the last thing I had trouble doing that I do regularly. It's fun when people try to open doors for me if I'm carry lots of stuff but I open it with my knees or foot faster than they do. :)
twinkieeee From: twinkieeee Date: April 18th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha thats great!

I used to be a school photographer, and I was very happy that the children would ask questions. Most of the questions were pretty silly, but at least I could open their eyes to something different.


I have stories upon stories as to what I have told people about my arm (lawn mower accident, shark bite, etc) Most of the times I joke about it. I guess thats what you have to do to not become bitter about the cruel things people say.

Other then that, I guess I carry myself in such a manner that most people dont even notice. Every once in a while, Ill get self concious about it, but I quickly get over it. My motto is that if people cant accept me for who I am, then they aren't worth my time.

Many people have asked me if I ever regret not having an arm. My answer to them is that Ive never had it, so I dont regret what Ive never missed. I also know, that I wouldn't be who I am if it wernt for that.

I cant say I really have trouble with anything either, except maybe driving a stick shift. Ive tried a couple times, but gave up cause Ill probably never buy one. Other then that, playing pool is a challenge. Most pool halls, dont have short sticks.

abmann From: abmann Date: April 18th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've told the shark bite story, Vietnam story, boogey monster story. :)

Actually, I can drive stick fine. I have more issues with the pedals than anything else. My girlfriend forced me to learn before drove from Wisconsin to Georgia so she wouldn't need to do all the driving!
twinkieeee From: twinkieeee Date: April 18th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
How do you deal with turning and shifting? Do you just stay in first till your out of the turn?
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