Bob Vogel, T10 para, Loomis, Calif.

Bob Vogel, T10 para, Loomis, Calif.

Outside Tracks
Exercise On a Dime
I have a chinup bar in an outside building that I couldn’t do without. At least a couple of times a week — or more — I go into the clutter of my tool shed and climb up the fat-knotted red rope to knock off at least a couple sets of 12-15 chinups, pulling the chinup bar behind my head. Once done, I can just hang there, arms fully extended, and experience a great relaxing feeling as my shoulders and back stretch, pop and crack and decompress from all that sitting. It keeps my shoulders in shape (and balanced) and gives me an exercise-induced brain boost. Most important, it’s better than a scale (which I don’t have) at letting me know if I’m gaining an extra pound or two.

Nesting Instincts
Wipe That Food off Your Face!
I love my hamburgers and tacos. But once I’ve managed to wedge one into a partially functional right hand, I don’t dare set it down again lest it fall apart. There’s no way I can pick up a napkin to wipe my mouth with my completely flaccid left hand. That can be embarrassing when I have food on my face.

So I “borrowed” one of my husband’s hankies and safety-pinned a key ring to the center of it. I can slide the ring over a finger or thumb on my left hand and discreetly wipe my mouth. Most any type of large ring (or even a small ponytail holder) will do. I keep one pre-m