[Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Sun Nov 15 16:19:21 CST 2009


I suspect that you are a bit too idealistic but there is a place for idealists in any organization. In truth, there is no one-solution-fits-all situation. For example, I will probably help Paul van Dyck with the CCARC Christmas party, leading the assorted hams in Christmas carols. But I have no illusion that I am helping to change the stereotype in that I have not been asked for help with much else other than the stereotypical sort of thing. I will admit, though, that I haven't been available for CCARC's Gee Creek operations as they are usually held during NFB convention season so I am usually elsewhere.

Peace.

Mike

----- Original Message -----
From: "Don Mitchell" <donmi at comcast.net>
To: "Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
Date: Sunday, Nov 15, 2009 13:18:10
Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea

>
>
> Yes, Mike,
> 
> I agree we are seen often as mascots rather then people who love music. I 
> think you see my point, though, I'm not going to avoid something just 
> because it is a stereotype. I do believe that if something I do is a 
> stereotypical activity it is my mission in life to change that stereotype. I 
> think it is easier to avoided stereotypical activities but I believe it is 
> better to change the stereotype. My view may be too idealistic, but I am 
> sticking to it.
> 
> Don
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Mike Freeman" <k7uij at panix.com>
> To: <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 10:59 PM
> Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> 
> 
> > Don:
> >
> > I agree about musicians; being o" is not a bad thing. I was thinking more 
> > in terms that many hams regard blind persons as miraculous persons, 
> > wondrously gifted in music, who have overcome overwhelming odds to be, 
> > well, normal, that is, we wouldn't be regarded as extraordinary were we 
> > sighted. I sometimes get the impression that we are regarded almost more 
> > as mascots than as real, flesh-and-blood human beings. As fantastic a 
> > musician as he was, I think Sparky fell into that category in the eyes of 
> > many. All I mean to say is that we must break out of that role.
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Don Mitchell" <donmi at comcast.net>
> > To: "Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> > Date: Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 18:55:44
> > Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> >
> >ar
> >ar
> >ar I would enjoy being more involved in the ham club. I ran one of the 
> >ar monthly
> >ar ARES nets for more then 10 years. Since they are on Tuesday nights I am 
> >ar no
> >ar longer available for that.
> >ar
> >ar I understand your sentiment, Mike, about musicians, but all three of us 
> >ar to
> >ar one degree or another are musicians. I will not deny what I am just 
> >ar because
> >ar I am blind. Our society needs to give up there stereotypes we don't. We 
> >ar are
> >ar human and should be able to express any things that bring us joy and 
> >ar perhaps
> >ar joy to others.
> >ar
> >ar Don
> >ar
> >ar ----- Original Message ----- 
> >ar From: "Les Fitzpatrick" <lesfitz at comcast.net>
> >ar To: "'Clark County Chapter, NFB of Washington List'" <cccnfbw at nfbnet.org>
> >ar Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:35 PM
> >ar Subject: Re: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> >ar
> >ar
> >ar > Hey Mike I like it. I've been trying to go to radio but somehow there's
> >ar > always something going on but hopefully that will change because I like 
> >ar > to
> >ar > go to radio club.
> >ar >
> >ar >
> >ar > please visit my website http://www.lfitz.ws
> >ar > Les Fitzpatrick
> >ar > instructor at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind
> >ar > President Clark County Chapter National Federation of the Blind
> >ar > Ham Call K5FPT
> >ar >
> >ar > -----Original Message-----
> >ar > From: cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org [mailto:cccnfbw-bounces at nfbnet.org] On
> >ar > Behalf Of Mike Freeman
> >ar > Sent: Saturday, November 14, 2009 4:21 PM
> >ar > To: cccnfbw at nfbnet.org
> >ar > Subject: [Cccnfbw] A Germ of an Idea
> >ar >
> >ar > Hi, all.
> >ar >
> >ar > It occurs to me that since there three of us in the chapter with 
> >ar > amateur
> >ar > radio licenses (Les, Don and myself), it might be fun and, perhaps,
> >ar > beneficial for us to make our presence known unobtrusively in the ham
> >ar > radio
> >ar > community around here to inject a modicum of NFB philosophy into the
> >ar > thinking of the local hams re the disabled. I've started going to the
> >ar > Clark
> >ar > County Amateur Radio Club meetings as regularly as my schedule allows 
> >ar > and
> >ar > I
> >ar > would urge Don and Les to do likewise. I've put my hat in the ring for 
> >ar > a
> >ar > CCARC office also. Let's put our thinking-caps on to project an image 
> >ar > of
> >ar > the
> >ar > blind as something more than musicians (and I'm not knocking them) to 
> >ar > our
> >ar > fellow hams.
> >ar >
> >ar > Just a thought.
> >ar >
> >ar > DE Mike K7UIJ
> >ar >
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