Where Have All The Blind Guys Gone?

By Gonz Blinko

“Where have all the blind guys gone?” Sang the man on the stage, “Long time passing…”

I asked a person standing near me “Is that the real Pete Seeger or is that Springsteen?”

“Both,” replied the stranger.

I stood at the back of a reasonably large crowd assembled to protest Freeman Scientology’s treatment of blind employees, more aptly, Freeman’s dismissal of blind employees from its sales and other departments which they once dominated.  A Dr. Lawnmauer had called the rally and they brought out quite a bevy of liberal celebrities to celebrate the injustice.  Springsteen did a duet with Stevie (Wonder not Nicks) of “We are the blinks,” which about made me puke but then the speeches started.

Dr. Lawnmauer introduced BlindChristian.  He went on as if he had to escape Dachau to get to this rally.  I wish that upper middle class asshole would realize that he just ain’t that oppressed.  Hell, even if he felt as downtrodden as other minorities, I wish he’d get to the point and stop pontificating.

“Now, that’s a great idea,” said a rally attendant standing nearby.  Amazed that this person remained awake, I approached her to get some material for the story.

Hi, I’m…”

“Gonz Blinko!”  She stated with some excitement.  “I’m a big fan.  I recognized you by your voice and the smell of espresso.”

“Would you like to do an interview about these issues?”  I asked hoping she might be a groupie too.

“I would but I’ve been told that anyone who talks to you will lose their job and I don’t want to go back to phone sex.”

“How about some live sex?”  I thought but didn’t want to get slapped right then.

Michael Bald took the stage and started railing about how things used to be and I contemplated a taxi to the airport.

BlindChristian came out with Eminem to do a musical piece.  I started contemplating suicide as the temperature hit ninety degrees while BC and Eminem yelled “Remember ME?”  Followed by, “My name is BlindChristian, I’m back, and I’m back…”  First off, I didn’t notice BC missing and to be back, he needs to be somewhere and this rally, while well intended, ain’t anywhere.

Dick Springs and the Wrath of Mike told stories about losing their Freeman Scientology jobs and a tear came to many an eye.  A musician called HalfBaked played the piano and sang an original tune about moving to Oregon, it was no where near as good as the Zappa tune about moving to Montana.

The Freeman Scientology black helicopters started circling above and dropping Braille cards telling us how wonderful they really are.  I smelled some chronic burning and found my way to another former phone sex operator and shared a few hits with her.  After that, the event took on a whole different sensibility.

Moes Jonathonson opened his office window and yelled out about how we didn’t really understand but was then led away by a person wearing a white lab coat with a syringe that he had stuck in the Kiwi’s butt.  They were all smiles after that.

No one saw Sy T. Greenbacks and, when the audience started chanting, “Sy T., Sy T., Sy T.” the Freeman Scientology people just locked the doors.

I had hoped to visit with some old friends but the heat, the pot and the former phone sex operator were getting to me.  We found Samhara, who seemed listless as her favorite Freeman lesbians didn’t seem to be around.  She got the blind phone sex chick, my dog and I into her car and we were off to Tampa International for a flight back to New York.  I just couldn’t handle Florida and the paranoia, fear and loathing any longer.  I needed a dose of reality and the Sunshine State lacks it entirely.

— End.

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I'm an accessibility advocate working on issues involving technology and people with print impairment. I'm a stoner, crackpot, hacker and all around decent fellow. I blog at this site and occasionally contribute to Skepchick. I'm a skeptic, atheist, humanist and all around left wing sort. You can follow this blog in your favorite RSS reader, and you can also view my Twitter profile (@gonz_blinko) and follow me there.

4 thoughts on “Where Have All The Blind Guys Gone?”

  1. To the tune of Three Blind Mice:

    Freeman blind mice,
    Freeman blind mice,
    See how they leave,
    See how they leave,
    They ran all the tests in six different tongues,
    Who knew in two months they would be far flung,
    How long before the rest will be gone,
    Those Freeman Blind mice!

  2. Hi Gonz, I’ll leave it to you to just let me know whenever you want a piece to go on the blindnews list. If high readership is your aim then fair enough but I wouldn’t want to assume. You know that apart from pumping out 14+ RSS feeds now we’ve got over half k subscribers, How bout this email from minnesota I recieved, last time I took a news break?

    Just email me any time you’ve got something you specifically want posted, most of the ones I have so far have either gone to assistive tech, guide dogs or blind/VI writers feeds.

    LWG (ENCS),
    Blindnews@blindprogramming.com day reader.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: “Stuart Holland” Stuart.Holland at state.mn.us
    To: lwg at blueyonder.co.uk
    Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 3:12 PM
    Subject: Thank you


    I’ve been using the items that appear from your posting since you
    started doing them. I’m the manager of the world’s first radio
    reading service for the blind, the Minnesota Radio Talking Book
    Network. We began in 1969 and we are now on satellite and the
    internet, as well as delivering our signal to people via
    side-channel radio. You postings appear throughout our programming,
    because they fit into so many different genres. You post articles
    about sports, elderly people, health conditions, technology,
    parenting, and more. I love it. Thanks for all you do, and enjoy
    your vacation.

    Stuart Holland, Manager
    Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network
    2200 University Ave. W., Suite 240
    Saint Paul, MN 55114-1840
    Stuart.Holland at state.mn.us

  3. I wouldn’t worry about Freeman Scientology too much. I see Freeman Scientology as being on the way out. Their corporate culture, as typified by the senior management, isn’t really tollerant of divergent thinking and they therefore lack great creativity and innovation, as exhibited by JAWS 8. So, it’s pretty easy for someone to eclipse Freeman Scientology in terms of creativity, get to the next generation of assistive technologies before they do, and destroy the market for JAWS.

  4. BC singing again, say it aint so! I wonder if he realises that when he’s in the shower I go and bury my head under a pillow, doesn’t the guy realise that dogs have more sensitive hearing than humans and across a greater frequency range?

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