May 27th, 2007

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Seeing Eye, day 1


I am awake bright and early. We will see if I can write fast enough to tell all that there is to tell before the instructor knocks on my door an hour from now to do my building tour... I remember most of the details about getting around the building, but a tour will be good since things do tend to shift and change over time.


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I'm trying to do a bit of audio journaling at times. Mom saw me talking into the recorder at the airport yesterday and said that I looked like a spy. The next thing I knew, she was saying that she thought she had identified the other student on the flight. Who's spying now? (She was wrong, for the record.)



I think I may have beat the knock on the door. Today promises to be long and hectic. I will post more as I can. I do also have Hebrew to entertain me.

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    dorm sounds
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Seeing Eye, day 2, morning

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Now I'm back from my route... I walked about seven blocks. This morning we did simulated traffic checks. There was no real traffic, but the instructor simulated the dog's movements in response to traffic situations: quick stops, backing up suddenly, etc. These are things that were not done in 1991 when I trained with Elli. We learned how to read traffic, and the dogs would stop if a car turned in front of us; but the sudden back-up was not taught and this was part of what contributed to my accident a couple of years later. Elli backed up appropriately; but I did not know how to read her behavior, and I tried to correct her for it. I won't make that mistake again. Once I've had an experience like that, I don't forget.

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