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Seeing Eye, day 2, morning

I am writing from the van while another student is on her walk. While we rode over, we were talking about her experiences working as a medical transcriptionist over 35 years. She said that many hospitals are requiring doctors to use voice recognition software because they don't want to pay transcriptionists. I knew that the use of voice recognition software was common, but I didn't realize that it had come to this. As we talked, I thought back to discussions in my church history course about the impact of the factory on the development of the middle class. Everything must be done quickly and efficiently; and if it can be done by a machine, it should. Sadly, more and more things can now be done by machines. Yesterday, there was even a recorded message playing on my flight explaining the safety procedures. Why pay someone to do this when it can be recorded once and played over and over? It's certainly a money-saving mechanism--and as the cost of gas rises, saving money matters. The problem is that as all this money is saved, no money is flowing into the hands of the people. We are losing our lives for the sake of saving money! Where is all that saved money going? I'm not so sure it is creating jobs for people. It is creating conveniences for people who have money with the illusion that jobs will be created. But if those jobs can be mechanized or outsourced in order to "save money," then they will be. This truly frightens me.

This afternoon we will be doing demo dogs. Home and away students get their dogs tomorrow, just like other students. I was looking forward to meeting my dog today, but I think that this is best. It will give Pete time to get to know my needs as well as he can, and it also is best for the other students. I really did not like the idea of other students feeling unhappy because i was walking around with my dog while they had to wait another day.

"Demo dogs" refers to an opportunity to work with dogs at various stages of training. The idea is to practice some obedience, experience different dog personalities, etc. This is all part of the process of giving people exposure to dog work who have never worked a dog, and I suspect that it is also helpful for the instructors to see us work with different types of dogs.

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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May. 27th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I love reading your journal. The TSE stuff is fascinating. I agree about the machines... Eventually they are going to just take over and that makes me sad.
May. 27th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks... I'm dashing off stuff so fast... My laptop keys stick, and I'm ending up doing a lot of editing later. I have a lot more energy than I did during my last two trainings, and I'm hoping to be able to give a lot more detail about what's going on. I tried with Dori, but with Meg I was just working on getting through the days emotionally. I do hope that this is something that people will enjoy reading.
May. 27th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: thanks
I know the feeling. When I trained with Bet it was just getting through the experience. I think now that she's worked so long, I can be at peace when she finally does retire. Not that it will be easy, but I hope I can have some peace with it.
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May. 27th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the flight attendants do demonstrate, but the actual talking is recorded. Some flights also just play a video deomstrating it all.
May. 27th, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
flight safety messages
It depends on the airline and the flight. Some airlines still have live people doing it; but more and more are using recorded messages and just having the attendants demonstrate or even videos.
May. 27th, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
What, you're in training already? I'm so confused. I thought you went some time this week?
May. 27th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
I think GDB starts a week later. I'm thinking of you. [hugs]
May. 27th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: training
Actually, it starts now, but retrains can go a week later so that's what I'm doing. Hope all is going well. you're in my prayers for a good and successful match. I'm going to start packing.
May. 27th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I am happy that you are posting while you are up at TSE. I hope you did not melt sitting in the van waiting. It is pretty warm here in NJ. I did not realize that you worked with dogs still in training. I am assuming that the dog is near to the end of the training program when you demo them. My puppy is there in training now. She is a Golden, with the same name as your last dog. Maybe you will meet her. I hope this is OK to tell you since these are just the demo dogs.

I told you this before, but I used to work in Anderson. I really hated the flight to Indy, I do not recall too many direct flights so you were lucky in that respect.

Looking forward the hearing your progress, Kim
May. 27th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Hi, Kim. Don't see why it would be a problem for me to know about your puppy. I hope she does great and has a super time! I didn't realize you were up here. Stop by and see me if you like--I'll be here next weekend only and would love to meet you.

We didn't get to find out the demo dogs' names, but I sure was playing with a cutie golden! Maybe I'll imagine that I loved on your puppy on your behalf. :)
May. 28th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I love hearing about your TSE adventures! Can't wait to read more!;)
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