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Well we are all booked on Quantas to get to the USA for the forum

So anyone have any advise on the best way to use Cats amputation to get us upgraded.

Letter, phone call, email

All suggestions welcome ... I hate flying cattle class

and even though she doesn't need them she WILL have crutches if it will help :P

Muchly

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Hi Muchly,

I fly to the US pretty frequently from Sydney (3 - 4 times last year), with a couple of other trips (Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul) and I have managed just one upgrade on Qantas (using points). And that's as a gold frequent flyer. Maybe I should just work for a company that would pay for business class?

Try to get a seat assignment early so you can sit in an exit row (and DON'T bring crutches unless Catherine needs them - you can't sit in an exit row if you are disabled).

I don't normally use crutches, but I've seen people in economy using crutches and wheelchairs. Qantas just don't do upgrades - a colleague of mine travelled from Sydney to Asia and the US every week for 6 weeks, and they didn't give him a complimentary upgrade. Business class across the Pacific is usually full (I've seen them bump people out of business into economy - that was amusing).

What day are you flying?

-kam

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damm qantas

We are flying to SF on 7th JUNE then on to denver to visit friends before the conference

Muchly

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Well, I can't be much help, but you certainly made me smile!

Good luck,

Ally

:P :D

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Mate, when you figure this one out can you let me know!!!! :P :P

Maybe we should start hanging out at the airport now and get to know a few pilots or other people of influence :rolleyes::blink: Anything is worth a shot.

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Why do I end up on crutches? :blink:

I HATE crutches <_<

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Well if I have to use my wheelchair you can use crutches; besides looking really tragic might help us out. :blink: We'll make Ruth limp or something.

It's all in the name of an upgrade-besides i haven't thought of another plan yet.

Wana do a test run-I'm game if you are B) :P B)

Meanwhile I'll try to think of a better plan; disguises maybe!!!!!

My cousin is a Captain with Cathay but that's not going to help us with Qantas tickets :blink:

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I have a few friends who work for Qantas, but none of them have been able to help. Perhaps a letter from a doctor? I have seen the stewards move someone to another seat because she was about to be crushed by the somewhat large person next to her, but I don't see how that would help you (extra weight when flying makes it much more difficult - this person couldn't lower the tray for meals). The best I've done is a couple of empty seats nearby, but that is unlikely when you're travelling with family.

All I can say is that international air travel is really nowhere near as exotic as I thought it would be. Last time I found the person next to me had spilt cracker biscuits all over me while I was asleep - luckily I didn't have my prosthesis off or I would have had to try and clear the pin mechanism by turning it upside down and shaking it - now that would have been amusing ;) . I probably would have been arrested for carrying a dangerous object.

I just turn into zombie mode when travelling and try to blank the whole thing out. Don't forget to be polite to security and keep an eye on your hand luggage as they put you into the "difficult persons" queue. Last time my wonky left index finger wouldn't work getting through US immigration (yes, you need 2 index fingers and 1 face to be admitted to the US) (well, they coped, but it looked like it could be interesting for a while).

-kam

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I totally agree Kam overseas travel is Blah! It wipes me out for a few days at each end. I think cos we are so far away from everywhere it's a bit worse.

It's gonna be interesting getting into the U.S. this time with the fingerprinting. If they want to see my left index finger they will be wating for a while :D :D I don't have one :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Could be a bit of fun. :P

Cat

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It's gonna be interesting getting into the U.S. this time with the fingerprinting. If they want to see my left index finger they will be wating for a while  I don't have one   

Could be a bit of fun. 

Just have to show them the next one then Cat ... Guaranteed special treatment then ;) :lol:

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I want to be in line behind Cat when she gives them the finger :P :P

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Sadly I don't have that finger either :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Slowly :D :D

Using my little finger.....got one of them. Have a thumb and a little finger on my left hand only.

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Well surely you have all heard of 'one handed typing' now far be it for me to call Cat a w**ker :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Cat and I almost have matching left hands! I have my thumb and third finger - my mother always said I was lucky to have my ring finger so I could wear a wedding ring :rolleyes: . I always have to be careful when waving in case people think I'm making rude gestures ;) .

Actually I have partial index and second fingers on my left hand as well, and I can use them to type a bit (I had surgery to separate the webbing that bound them together about 10 years ago - helps with playing the piano). Both the index and second fingers have all the bones in them, and the index finger even has a fingernail, it's just small due to amniotic banding (slightly more than 1/3 of "normal" length).

My hands have never helped me get an upgrade either :( .

-kam

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Kam!!!!!!!!!!!...LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL :lol: :lol:

The old backward hand wave??.....hahahahahaha

I've been doing that to people I don't like for years :rolleyes:

Only with my left hand of course :)

My condition has a fantastic name too........Ectrodactyly-Partial or total absence of central digit(s)...try saying that with a mouth full of marbles!! :lol:

Cat

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Cat,

All I can say is that I'm glad you're waving with your right paw in the photo :lol: !!

-kam :lol:

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:lol: :lol: :lol: I'm glad I live in the US, because I don't have any fingers to take a finger print of--Just one thumb!

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I thought the majority of us around here were legless :P seems there is more missing than meets the eye :o

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The last time I got my driver's license renewed the clerk asked me to place my right thumb on the fingerprint pad. I just stared at her blankly until... she... GOT IT!

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:unsure:

I had no idea that some of you were missing other part's .Well it's very good you can see the funny side of thing's well we all have to do that ,a friend of mine had lost his middle finger's many years ago and he was now a manager in a factory he was showing a new employee how to use a machine the guy looked at him in a funny way it took my friend sometime to convince him that he had not lost his finger's on that machine he still laughs about it even now.

Pat.

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So anyone have any advise on the best way to use Cats amputation to get us upgraded.

Muchly

YES PAY FOR IT!

Personally i find it insulting that you even think you should get an upgrade simply because Cat has an amputation!! Disabled people want to be treated as equal so why get preferential treatment...it defeats the object doesn't it?

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Quote(Dabbit @ Oct 23 2004, 03:40 PM)

Now it was only a small thing but this actually happened to me in Kings Cross station a while back: My wife and I were wating for a taxi and wer ushered to the front of the queue (something I am not struck on doing but on this ocassion as it was freezing I didn't mind).

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Personally i find it insulting that you even think you should get an upgrade simply because Cat has an amputation!! Disabled people want to be treated as equal so why get preferential treatment...it defeats the object doesn't it?

Sometimes it is rather nice to be treated special because one is a bit different than those around them :)

Would you have made the same choice?

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning disabled

children, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that

would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the

school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

"When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature

does is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things

as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children

do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. "I believe, that when a child like Shay,

physically and mentally handicapped comes into the world, an

opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it

comes, in the way other people treat that child. "Then he told the

following story:

Shay and his father had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew

were playing baseball. Shay asked, "Do you think they'll let me

play?" Shay's father knew that most of the boys would not want

someone like Shay on their team, but the father also understood that

if his son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed

sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in

spite of his handicaps.

Shay's father approached one of the boys on the field and asked if

Shay could play, not expecting much. The boy looked around for

guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game is in the

eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put

him in to bat in the ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the team's bench put on a team shirt with a

broad smile and his Father had a small tear in his eye and warmth in

his heart. The boys saw the father's joy at his son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs

but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay

put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits

came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and

on the field, grinning from ear to ear as his father waved to him

from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team

scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential

winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to

win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew

that a hit was all but impossible 'cause Shay didn't even know how

to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing

the other team putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life,

moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at

least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung

clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to

toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung

at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over, but the pitcher picked up the soft

grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the

game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the head of the

first baseman, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the

stands and both teams started yelling, "Shay, run to first! Run to

first!" Never in his life had Shay ever ran that far but made it to

first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, "Run to second, run to second!" Catching his

breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling

to make it to second base. By the time Shay rounded towards second

base, the right fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their

team, who had a chance to be the hero for his team for the first

time. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the

tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions and he too

intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's

head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of

him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, "Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay" Shay

reached third base, the opposing shortstop ran to help him and

turned him in the direction of third base, and shouted, "Run to

third! Shay, run to third" As Shay rounded third, the boys from both

teams and those watching were on their feet were screaming, "Shay,

run home! Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as

the hero who hit the "grand slam" and won the game for his team.

That day, said the father softly with tears now rolling down his

face, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and

humanity into this world. Shay didn't make it to another summer and

died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making

his Father so happy and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully

embrace her little hero

of the day!

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