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Offline jacksroadhouse

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Hi guys!

I'd love to come to Justin's "meetup in bar" Saturday night in Frankfurt (assuming that's still on), but I've got a little problem. I'm blind and it's rather difficult for me to get there all the way. So I'm wondering if someone around here could pick me up along the way and help me get back to the station afterwards (though that part is less of a problem). All transportation ex train station is on me ;)

I live in Wiesbaden, but I can get myself to Frankfurt central station or another station along the S1, S8 or S9.

I'd really appreciate it if somebody could help me out here!

Thanks

Jack

P.S. does anyone know where the meetup is going to be?

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012, 02:54:13 pm »
I'm sorry if I sound somewhat rude.
It's very difficult to hold back my curiosity.
How do you read this forum?

I'm from Canada, so no chance going to the meet-up.
But I'm sure someone on the forum will be willing to help you. :)

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 04:12:06 pm »
I hope you're right...

Also, it's not rude at all. Many people wonder about things like that. So off to a little off-topic excursion:

First off, "blind" does not translate as "lights out" (but it's a very common misconception). Afaik about 90% of all blind people have some kind of residual visual perception, as do I. So on my own computer, in a darkened room, with a very intricate screen setup (that gives any normal-sighted person a serious headache within minutes) I can still read many websites, and this one is actually pretty good for me.

But even if I couldn't (like other users on this forum), there are things like screenreaders and braille terminals, which can enable even people without any visual perception to use certain websites. It's not easy and it takes some nerve, but it can work. In the not too far future (best I can tell) I'll need to use those as well.

The problem is: once you physically put me anyplace I don't already know fairly well, things start to get wonky. Hardly ever know where I really am, can't read any signs, usually can't find doors (a relevant problem for Saturday), often don't know where people are whom I could ask. And lots and lots of nice people not withstanding, those are not always around when needed, and the taxi drivers around here are a somewhat uncertain bunch. Also, sunlight often renders me completely blind, and standing in the middle of the street shrieking for help is not my idea of a fun night out :)

Hope that sheds some light (no pun intended) on the subject ;)

Cheers

Jack

Mandatory anti-generalisation disclaimer: the stuff I wrote here is from my personal point of view. Other people may (quite literally) see things differently, and find other things easy or difficult that I do. Everybody's different, right?


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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012, 03:07:15 pm »
bump.

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2012, 10:42:58 pm »
I hope you got there mate, I know its something I would love to join if it was in my country!

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2012, 10:24:31 am »
Yep, I made it alright, and it was a fun night. Very fortunately (for me) it took place at the Marriott, so I could actually get there myself (with a little help from German rail's mobility service). And after an hour or so, the staff finally managed to find Justin  in there ("Justin Sendecu? Is that a rocker?"). Well, I can be rather persistant, and when they realised that I simply wouldn't go away, someone (thanks, dude!) combed through the place one more time and discovered Justin at the other end of the room. Had a nice long chat, met some fun people, and drank some beer.

It was so much fun that I forgot the time, missed the last train home, and spent the night at Frankfurt central, aimlessly wondering around that huge, nearly empty station ("tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap..." - great acoustics, btw). Got home around six this morning, slep for a few hours, and now I'm trying to actually wake up again with a very mundane cup of tea :)

Cheers - and thanks so much for last night, Justin & everyone!!

Jack

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2012, 10:30:53 am »
... I forgot the time, missed the last train home, and spent the night at Frankfurt central, aimlessly wondering around that huge, nearly empty station...

Good to hear you made it - that last part doesn't sound like fun  :o

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2012, 10:31:44 am »
Great acoustics...... until you have to do sound reinforcement in a place like that lol

So glad to hear that you made it and enjoyed yourself!  :) Wish I lived close enough to have attended.
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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2012, 10:44:29 am »
@misterg: it wasn't too bad. A little boring, but I had my MP3 player to keep me company (Neil to the rescue), which was also a perfect excuse to casually ignore all those "got some change" dude(tte)s (hitting up a blind person - do these people know no shame :) ).

@Dan: ohhhhhhhhh yesssssssssss. I just wished I had a guitar with me. Wonder if anybody had stopped me. Well, at two in the morning German police would probably have joined in for an impromtu jam session...

I forgot to mention the best part: last night was DST change in Germany. So I actually saved an hour of waiting. When this big and massively bored universe isn't busy tripping little old ladies or digging pot-holes, it's weird sense of humour can actually come to the rescue of a stranded drifter...


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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2012, 11:38:08 am »
I forgot to mention the best part: last night was DST change in Germany. So I actually saved an hour of waiting. When this big and massively bored universe isn't busy tripping little old ladies or digging pot-holes, it's weird sense of humour can actually come to the rescue of a stranded drifter...

Thats what I thought when I read you had to hang around at the station.. "Atleast he has to wait one hour less!"
Great to read that you enjoyed yourself :)

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2012, 08:20:38 am »
@JacksRoadhouse

Glad you made it back safe and well, I was concerned, but you carry an air of confidence so I wasn't too worried ;)

If this happens again, contact me on facebook and I'll put out a public shout out and or know to look out for you!

Nice meeting you and see you next time!

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2012, 08:30:51 am »
Will do :)

Thanks!

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2012, 06:50:43 pm »
Aww man, if only I had seen this 5 weeks ago, I could've picked you up! Well, we know now that you made it :) 't Was good to meet you and everyone else.
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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2012, 07:04:46 pm »
A lift would have been nice, but the night at the station was an experience as well. They call me "the white ghost of Frankfurt central" now, I'm sure of it :D

And same here, that was a great night. I really dug meeting all you guys! Next time you come to these parts, give me shout!

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Re: Justin's meetup on Sat (Mar 24) in Frankfurt - need some assistance
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2012, 07:13:56 pm »
Well, it would've been a walk since I was there by public transporation as well (I'm the Dutch girl who sat at the table you were at), but my hotel was a 5 minute walk from Frankfurt Hbf so I easily could have escorted you.

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