Random Thought: The Scooter Crowd

Just spent two days people watching at the Dayton Hamvention. Lots of people riding scooters and here’s my observations. Most scooter people are men and most are morbidly obese and not old enough to be called elderly. There are not many skinny scooter riders and of those who are, many are wearing oxygen devices and suffer from breathing problems. I observed several times a younger woman who suffered from multiple deforming birth defects and was confined to a regular manual wheel chair. She physical rolled herself around Hara Arena for two straight days and was obviously in great physical condition. Maybe SS and Medicare needs to consider not providing scooters except in the most extreme situations.

6 thoughts on “Random Thought: The Scooter Crowd”

  1. Larry, not every disability is visable and not everyone that is “disabled” is covered by Medicare, SS or Medicade. I was born with a condition that makes me paralyzed from the waist down but my mother has multiple variations of arthritis and my father has severe allergies and asthma along with other lung issues but is not on oxygen. We all three should use an aid most of the time. I am the only one that’s disability is visible to the naked eye but I did not qualifiy for any assistance to purchase a wheelchair and any other assitance device until I was 33 and that was only 7 years ago. I had to purchase the rest of them myself. My parents don’t even qualify. So maybe you need to realize that some of us purchased these items with our own money that we could not afford to do so with but had no other choice if we want to be apart of society.

    1. Annette,

      I am certainly not referring to those who have genuine and serious need for scooters and other devices. One of my oldest ham radio friends, who I was with at Dayton, is handicapped from the waist down as a result of a brain tumor 30 years ago. He has managed without the need for wheels until about 4 years ago. He can still get around without one but with great difficulty. Today he has a scooter and it has restored a high degree of quality to his life. The person I am pointing at are riding around in these things as a result of behavior choices, inactivity, dietary choices, smoking, etc. As I said, I can speak from knowledge since I was once like them. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Larry I have to agree with you. 90 percent of them don’t move from in front of the computer and radio. And the one time of year they come out of the house is Hamvention.
    Since getting my ticket 6 years ago. And I have worked it for last 4 years. Both as a member of DARA (Dayton Amateur Radio Association) and FARA (Fayette Amateur Radio Association) I have found that the average age of the ham operator is 54. Just a added fact.
    John KD8EMV

  3. I understand what you’re saying, Michelle, and don’t mean to be cruel. Just a general observation but I’d bet the farm that the bulk of the dudes I saw got that way from eating too many Cheetos and spending too much time sitting in front of their computers and ham radios. I know since I had the same experience and got up to 401 lbs.

  4. Everyone that I know that has a scooter was checked off by two doctors, so if it is being abused first start looking at the doctors and scooter manufactures they are the ones that profit. Another contraption being abused is the C-Pap machine.

  5. Well in some cases you may be correct, but to be fair you cannot always tell what is wrong with a person simply by looking at them. I am only 47 yrs old and if I have to walk any distance at all I have to have a scooter, on appearance only someone might think it was because I was overweight or lazy, but I have FSH muscular dystrophy. You cannot tell by just looking at me, but it is very dibilitating. Believe me I would much rather be able walk. I don’t believe the majority of people ride them for fun…

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