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    Sam Sullivan: Life in a Wheel

    A short film by my friend Charlie...on my friend Sam, the counterintuitive thinker. Helping the people on Vancouver's notorious Downtown Eastside takes new thinking. Counterintuitive thinking. The status quo is not working.

    Sam Sullivan: Life in a Wheel

    #2
    Sam S. seems like such a great guy. He never fails to inspire me. Good job by your bud filming.

    Although, "exploring" in that trailrider contraption looks cool. I have too much pride to put people through the work of "mushing" like sled dogs through the forest. It seems even worst then being carried up and down steps. I miss out on alot due to my stupid pride...

    Hey Van - Did you see the running of the torch through Vancouver? Did you see the leg by Sam S? Some quad / knob in a sip and puff electric w/c managed to infiltrate the RCMP perimeter and "run" along. You could read the head mountie's lips, "what the fuck?!" then at the end, when Sam relayed to the next torch bearer, the sip and puff guy got in the way and a mic picked up the security guy say, "Get that guy outa here!" That's the highlight of my Olympics so far.... The whales , kd lang in the opening was pretty awesome though too.

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      #3
      I enjoyed the short film, is that you in the sail boat?
      A dolla makes me holla, honey boo boo! - borrowed from Honey boo boo child

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        #4
        I am both the knob in the torch run and the sailor in the film. Although the sailor in the film who was interviewed looks like some old bastard that I don't recognize.

        Not sure if you're busting my balls from my previous post on the torch run or not Cowboy, but in my defense, my orders from the filmmaker was to keep Sam's mug on my onboard monitor. It wasn't a sip and puff chair, it was C-Media's PoleCam wheelchair. The sip and puff straw you saw was for raising and lowering the pole.

        And as I explained in that post, I was inside the security cordon initially but they blasted off when protesters were heading to block the intersection. I had on my Olympic credentials and was trying to catch up, but the RCMP must have thought I was a wheelchair of mass destruction and were using the bikes to cut me off.

        I'd love to see the footage you were talking of.

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          #5
          Originally posted by CowboyCrip View Post
          Sam S. seems like such a great guy. He never fails to inspire me. Good job by your bud filming.

          Although, "exploring" in that trailrider contraption looks cool. I have too much pride to put people through the work of "mushing" like sled dogs through the forest. It seems even worst then being carried up and down steps. I miss out on alot due to my stupid pride...

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          Sam's sherpas are from the Advil Eco-Challenge team and enjoy the opportunity to train. As I've always said to Sam, people who help us sail and hike almost get as much from the experience as we do. Imagine yourself as able-bodied and helping to get some kid with CP out in the wilderness for the first time. We have volunteers who have participated in disabled sailing for years and have tears in their eyes when they describe some of the experiences they have had.

          Acts of compassion and loving kindness give you a buzz equal to any drug

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            #6
            Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
            I am both the knob in the torch run and the sailor in the film. Although the sailor in the film who was interviewed looks like some old bastard that I don't recognize.

            Not sure if you're busting my balls from my previous post on the torch run or not Cowboy, but in my defense, my orders from the filmmaker was to keep Sam's mug on my onboard monitor. It wasn't a sip and puff chair, it was C-Media's PoleCam wheelchair. The sip and puff straw you saw was for raising and lowering the pole.

            And as I explained in that post, I was inside the security cordon initially but they blasted off when protesters were heading to block the intersection. I had on my Olympic credentials and was trying to catch up, but the RCMP must have thought I was a wheelchair of mass destruction and were using the bikes to cut me off.

            I'd love to see the footage you were talking of.
            Awww Jeeez....

            Well Van (Can I call you knob? Kidding!) If a cure ever comes, you deserve to take your newly able foot and kick me in the ass. I'll take my foot and insert it in my mouth! Until then - Sorry. Nothing personal.

            I just could not help thinking, "What the hell is that guy doing?" and "How the hell did he get so close?" Was the rcmp aware of the filming? If so, it did not seem to trickle down to the torch escorts.

            I was watching on CTV TORONTO LIVE. I'll pop over to their website and see if i can find a clip. Still think it was hilarious. The mountie running right next to the torch bearers - stopped, looked and pointed at you and said, "wtf?!"

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              #7
              Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
              Sam's sherpas are from the Advil Eco-Challenge team and enjoy the opportunity to train. As I've always said to Sam, people who help us sail and hike almost get as much from the experience as we do. Imagine yourself as able-bodied and helping to get some kid with CP out in the wilderness for the first time. We have volunteers who have participated in disabled sailing for years and have tears in their eyes when they describe some of the experiences they have had.

              Acts of compassion and loving kindness give you a buzz equal to any drug
              We have an excellent group out here at QQ disabled sailing. Wonderful volunteers! I feel rather embarrassed hanging in the hoyer sling being transferred from dock to boat... but it's worth it! I hate being carried up / down stairs... but it's often worth it. We have to swallow our pride alot with sci. The above examples are short periods of time. An afternoon hike - That would still bother/kill me - no matter how eager the volunteers are. God bless them, and all who generously give their time to community service. Esp. w/ us crips!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Van Quad View Post
                Sam's sherpas are from the Advil Eco-Challenge team and enjoy the opportunity to train. As I've always said to Sam, people who help us sail and hike almost get as much from the experience as we do. Imagine yourself as able-bodied and helping to get some kid with CP out in the wilderness for the first time. We have volunteers who have participated in disabled sailing for years and have tears in their eyes when they describe some of the experiences they have had.

                Acts of compassion and loving kindness give you a buzz equal to any drug
                It is ironic that pre-SCI I would have been happily willing to pull someone around in a Trailrider and had a very satisfying time doing it, but now being the guy in the trailrider I would be inclined to think it was not worth the hassle. I am glad that the option is there for those who want it though.
                Last edited by Jeff B; 15 Feb 2010, 5:26 PM. Reason: typos

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                  #9
                  this inspires me to find a way to ride again. what a great film.

                  I am interested in how the drug experiment is going to go. I just moved from the Philadelphia area, where heroine use is very bad. young people are getting to be addicts at an alarming rate. my beautiful daughter being one, though she is clean now. I have been to a few funerals because of it. It seems like a very common thing in that area. a losing battle. I have just learned another of the neighborhood girls is heavily addicted. I am surprised because she was often at our house to escape her heroine addicted parents, their neglect and abuse. in fact I intervened because they would not take her to the dr for a wound that turned out to be blood poisoning. she suffered many months and needed a pic line and surgery to recover. now she is one of the many addicted. nothing is working to combat this problem.

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                    #10
                    I find myself watching this video over and over. This guy is someone I would like to know. That sailing segment really gets me VQ. Man, I bet that feels great!

                    Just a few weeks before I went on the vent, some of my buddies kidnapped me and took me to the ski hill. I never thought I would get there again. They borrowed a sitski, and literally held me in with bungee cords and duct tape. We only made one run, and it wasn't pretty, but it gave me memories that will last my lifetime. All of the runs I made on black diamond hills pale to that one run. I will never forget my friends for giving me that wonderful day.

                    Thanks for sharing VQ. When I read the title I was taken back...my brother's name is Sam Sullivan, and he is a pretty amazing guy too.
                    Veni.Vidi,Velcro...I came, I saw, I stuck around.

                    Vidi, Vici, et Veni, et Veni, et Veni...

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by CowboyCrip View Post
                      Awww Jeeez....

                      Well Van (Can I call you knob? Kidding!) If a cure ever comes, you deserve to take your newly able foot and kick me in the ass. I'll take my foot and insert it in my mouth! Until then - Sorry. Nothing personal.

                      I just could not help thinking, "What the hell is that guy doing?" and "How the hell did he get so close?" Was the rcmp aware of the filming? If so, it did not seem to trickle down to the torch escorts.

                      I was watching on CTV TORONTO LIVE. I'll pop over to their website and see if i can find a clip. Still think it was hilarious. The mountie running right next to the torch bearers - stopped, looked and pointed at you and said, "wtf?!"



                      No problem CowboyCrip. Only friends who knew about my video project recognized the film equipment on the chair. I've got the DVD in my bag of the CTV newscast and footage from the shoot. As soon as my bedtime maiden arrives I'll pop it in the drive. It was hilarious dueling with the motorcycle cops. I hardly looked like a protester with my red Sydney Paralympics Canada vest on and credentials around my neck. That's what made it equally bizarre in the midst of all the protesters. They did know what to do with me. And couldn't see a camera because it's a lipstick cam at the top of the pole. They just grumbled like on South Park: "rabble rabble rabble rabble" with many F-Bombs thrown in.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Jeff B View Post
                        It is ironic that pre-SCI I would have been happily willing to pull someone around in a Trailrider and had a very satisfying time doing it, but now being the guy in the trailrider I would be inclined to think it was not worth the hassle. I am glad that the option is there for those who want it though.

                        The only reason I'm not a TrailRider aficionado is the one wheel design. I told Sam that would never work because quads want two wheels. I've been too stubborn to give in. Sam was right as usual.

                        Having seen Sam transferred in and out many times using just a two-person bear hug and leg lift. But the SS Disability Foundation has a van with a movable Hoyer lift. We use it for the glider program. I can tell we need a Vancouver TrailRider Festival. Everyone comes to do a series of hikes Around the Lower Mainland. Including Wreck Beach. When you organize something official like that, it's easy to raise money. Send everyone home with a TrailRider to start a hiking program in your home community.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jody View Post
                          this inspires me to find a way to ride again. what a great film.

                          I am interested in how the drug experiment is going to go. I just moved from the Philadelphia area, where heroine use is very bad. young people are getting to be addicts at an alarming rate. my beautiful daughter being one, though she is clean now. I have been to a few funerals because of it. It seems like a very common thing in that area. a losing battle. I have just learned another of the neighborhood girls is heavily addicted. I am surprised because she was often at our house to escape her heroine addicted parents, their neglect and abuse. in fact I intervened because they would not take her to the dr for a wound that turned out to be blood poisoning. she suffered many months and needed a pic line and surgery to recover. now she is one of the many addicted. nothing is working to combat this problem.
                          When you leave junkies at the mercy of the street dealers, they never run into professionals who want to help them. Their world consists of users and pushers. When they come in to use safely, they are with people who have their best interests at heart.

                          Enforcement doesn't combat the problem. Compassion does. Harm reduction does. HIV rates decline in the most at risk population.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by MarkPals View Post
                            I find myself watching this video over and over. This guy is someone I would like to know. That sailing segment really gets me VQ. Man, I bet that feels great!

                            Just a few weeks before I went on the vent, some of my buddies kidnapped me and took me to the ski hill. I never thought I would get there again. They borrowed a sitski, and literally held me in with bungee cords and duct tape. We only made one run, and it wasn't pretty, but it gave me memories that will last my lifetime. All of the runs I made on black diamond hills pale to that one run. I will never forget my friends for giving me that wonderful day.

                            Thanks for sharing VQ. When I read the title I was taken back...my brother's name is Sam Sullivan, and he is a pretty amazing guy too.

                            We had two premiere screenings last week. And both times I could feel the hot July day we filmed it.

                            Sam is a remarkable guy. The first screening featured many prominent people from Vancouver describing incredible projects of lovingkindness that they were working on. The second screening featured many peers from the disability community and an equal number of people from the substance-abuse community. We debated Sam's contention that drug addiction is like a disability. It needs to be managed like we manage our life. Two incredible days of dialogue.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by CowboyCrip View Post
                              Awww Jeeez....

                              Well Van (Can I call you knob? Kidding!) If a cure ever comes, you deserve to take your newly able foot and kick me in the ass. I'll take my foot and insert it in my mouth! Until then - Sorry. Nothing personal.

                              I just could not help thinking, "What the hell is that guy doing?" and "How the hell did he get so close?" Was the rcmp aware of the filming? If so, it did not seem to trickle down to the torch escorts.

                              I was watching on CTV TORONTO LIVE. I'll pop over to their website and see if i can find a clip. Still think it was hilarious. The mountie running right next to the torch bearers - stopped, looked and pointed at you and said, "wtf?!"
                              Finally saw the footage and I can see where you're knob comment came from. I looked like a demented badger after a snake! It does look like a sip and puff chair. And the foot rests of the chair were too high to my knees are up and I'm hunched over the monitor. The shot I got up Sam passing on the flame were stellar however.

                              We tried posting some of it to YouTube but it was taken down immediately. The IOC takes lessons from Kim Jong il!

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