Tuesday, August 16, 2005

two bricks in the same spot, which is right?


---from the Sunherald, from the "Anne Landers" column
annex Mailbox,

there, to me, was an interesting Issue.

Dear Annie: I am a professional actress and would like to respond to "R.S. in Wisconsin," who attended a play and was annoyed by someone's portable oxygen machine.

Professional actors are prepared to deal with such noise distraction without compromising performance. But more importantly, art was not created only for the able-bodied. It exists to transcend, to teach, to provoke, to entertain and to provide an escape from daily life. Anyone who does their best to be courteous should be allowed to experience live artistic performance.

Here is what is unacceptable background noise: cell-phone rings, cell-phone conversations and ongoing commentary to your friends in attendance (we can hear you). That is rude, inconsiderate and preventable behavior. But as fellow human beings, we ought to accept the physical realities of those less fortunate than ourselves.

If this woman's breathing device truly interfered with R.S.'s ability to hear the performance, he ought to have approached management at intermission regarding a seat relocation or a complimentary ticket. Most places would be happy to oblige.
Actress in New York City

Dear Actress: Thank you for your compassionate letter. Read on:

From Florida: Our year-long wait and $100 tickets to "La Boheme" were spoiled by the oxygen tank hiss behind us. It gasped loudly every 10 seconds, ruining the music for us. We could not change seats. Quiet is required for opera and the symphony, and therefore, they are unsuitable choices for those who cannot comply.

Chino, Calif.: Exactly what does R.S. consider to be a lack of common courtesy? Breathing? I regularly attend professional performances and am seated next to a woman who uses an oxygen tank. It does not hinder my enjoyment of the performance. As a special education teacher, I applaud those people with disabilities who lead an active life. A lousy attitude is the greatest disability.

California: Common courtesy is or should be required of everyone, disabled or not. This person spoiled the performance for everyone. While we don't expect the disabled to stay home, we should be able to expect the same courtesies and common sense from them as is expected from the rest of us. There are times when doing something just because you can is simply not the right thing to do.


So what are your feelings on this, readers?
For me, this issue Hits right to the point, the point of....There are issues where
it is like, "two bricks trying to sit in the exact same spot, room only for one brick"!
Here someone saves and scrimps to see and to listen to an opera, then someone with an oxygen tank ruins it. However, the disabled person can now be able to come to an event that is very meaningful to that person.

Suppose you buy a house with a wonderful back yard, *just* to be able to have your favorite activity, the family backyard barbecue. You move in, then have your first barbecue. About ten minutes after you fire it up, the ambulance come to the house next door, and you learn that the Professionals *just* saved the asthmic kid's life, as this child has such a severe asthma, especially to smoke, that just a trace of smoke, of any kind, if utterly lifethreatening.
no more barbecue. Toss that nice fireplace too. *then* the mother, of this boy, approaches you to tell you that winter is coming on and that oil furnace will put out Fumes and could you Pleeeease buy a [expensive] electric heat system, instead, and not use the oil furnace!
Do you Accept?
sell the house and move?!

label this: "anything that you say, do, or write, will offend someone deeply, around you, these days". Is that "Offense" Real, or not?!