If you’ve ever had trouble finding a particular item at the grocery store or are searching for that perfect low vision kitchen appliance, then you’ll be able to relate to Serotalk’s most recent conversation on the High Contrast podcast. In this episode entitled “Nose to a Box”, Rodney, Joe, and I swap tales of the grocery store along with different methods we find helpful when on the hunt for the elusive simple box of crackers, without all the exotic flavors.
Being low vision as opposed to blind, we might not be aware of strategies that are available to us. Case in point: a few Saturdays ago, I bumped into my friend Mac Janney of Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports while on my weekly bus ride up north to Rutland, VT. He hopped onto the bus with a backpack of groceries and his white cane. He said he goes straight to the customer service desk and asks for help. With a list in hand, he gets help filling his grocery cart, something I hadn’t even thought to do. He has established a relationship there and usually calls ahead. But one time, he and another blind shopper showed up at the customer service desk at the exact same time. I’m not quite sure how that was handled, but they both came out alive.
Back to the podcast, we also discussed appliance shopping, which I’m getting into lately. I’d like a new oven range with the controls in the front, so I don’t have to lean over hot burners to see them. Unfortunately, I’m told that you must get the more expensive, slide-in variety for that feature. Now try adding an induction surface so the surface is only hot when a pot is on it for added low vision safety. Boom, now you’re into the high-end models that are only available in stainless steel.
Perhaps going out to eat every night is cheaper, and with my cooking, may taste better anyways.