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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2017-04-21 02:11 pm

"A love that's shining like a harbor light"

[personal profile] jasra posted this copy-and-paste support meme:

My door is always open. The house is usually half clean. Coffee/Tea could be on in minutes, and the chairs are a comfy place of peace and non-judgment. Anyone who needs to chat is welcome anytime. It's no good suffering in silence. There is always food in the fridge, coffee/tea in the cupboard, and a listening ear or shoulder to cry on. I will always be here & you are always welcome!!

If you want to, could at least one friend please copy and re-post (not share)? I'm trying to demonstrate that someone is always listening! We need more love ๐Ÿ’›

My version:

If we are friends, my home is always open to you for a hug, a chat, a cat to pet, a cuppa, a meal, or a couch to crash on for a night or two. Stairs and cats and baby mean my space won't be accessible to everyone, but we will all do our very best to be welcoming and supportive in every other way.

If you have been harmed or kicked out of your home and need a safe place to go, I will gladly provide that safe place or help you find another one.

I'm always up late. (Always.) If you need someone to talk to late at night, call or text or DM/PM me.

My spoons and time can be pretty limited. But I care a lot about helping other people, and will always do as much as I can. And you can count on me to be clear and compassionate when setting boundaries, so you never have to worry whether you're being a bother or intruding or taking resources I don't have to spare.

Feel free to post and share your own version if you're able to help others who are in need. ๐Ÿ’š
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[personal profile] phi 2017-04-22 12:59 pm (UTC)(link)
This is so lovely and compassionate. My own response to this meme on FB a fee no the ago was far crankier and more lecture-y. I should work on a better alternative.
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[personal profile] jasra 2017-04-22 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] baratron 2017-04-23 06:03 pm (UTC)(link)
Funny you should write this. I am currently worrying about being stranded in New York tomorrow once Delta drop me off there.

It turns out that Aer Lingus are morons. I've had several "incidents" with them this trip and am never flying with them again, but in the meantime they are supposed to be getting me home to London tomorrow.

In reply to a form in which I marked the battery type of my wheelchair as "Non Spillable/Sealed led acid/ Gel" (sic) I got another email saying "Could you please advise battery type of electric wheelchair?"

I figured they didn't understand what a non-spillable lead-acid battery was, so told them "Like a car battery only safe for flight." BIG MISTAKE.

In reply, I got the following incoherent and barely English email:
HI Helen, (sic)

What do you mean like a car battery? Car batteries are not safe for an aircraft? So as you can imagine I am concerned of the type of battery you are carrying? Is it a car battery? .

Do you have a car battery? In your machine?

Please advise so I can proceed with clearance.

Thank you in advance,


I literally cannot facepalm hard enough. I don't understand how the fucking Special Assistance desk can't understand that there are two types of flight-safe batteries. Lithium-ion (like a mobile phone or laptop computer) and Non-spillable/Sealed lead-Acid (like a car battery but sealed so it is safe for air transport).

So I sent them a photo of the battery, showing the sticker on it which says "Air Transport Approved" and that it meets the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation Code of Federal Regulations ยง173.159d and the International Air Transport Association Special provision A67 and Packing Instruction 806. But there is every possibility they will decide they don't want to let me on the plane with my highly dangerous "car battery".

So I kinda want to give you a heads-up in case I do end up stranded and panicking. If you don't hear from me before 9pm on Monday (tomorrow), then everything is just fine.
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[personal profile] baratron 2017-04-24 02:09 am (UTC)(link)
Honestly, I doubt I'll need to crash on your sofa. As much as anything, I might want a person to come and give me a hug to relieve anxiety. I have a credit card and can throw it at a hotel room if necessary. I can even throw it at another flight if necessary. I just want to make sure that I have options.

Hopefully a person with a brain will read my email in the morning and realise there is nothing to be worried about. It's simply that I wanted to have the afternoon in New York, so I'm flying out of Rochester in the morning but not flying out of JFK until the evening, so there will be a few hours where I'm out of contact due to international roaming costing one arm plus one leg.

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[personal profile] baratron 2017-04-24 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
Crisis appears to have been averted. Am at JFK and have email from Aer Lingus confirming that everything is fine. Thanks for being on standby :)
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[personal profile] tendyl 2017-04-25 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the offer.