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This may prove to be another motley collection of topics. Fair warning!

I had my credit card rejected by Amazon again. Clicked on it and it went through on the second time again. Since this was about the fourth time for this nonsense I called customer service. They had no clue. Said to talk to the bank. Great.

I asked the customer service guy about accommodations for the blind and visually impaired and he gave me the accessible page we talked about plus an email address: accessibility-feedback@amazon.com.

I wrote to them asking for some info on what services they have. I told them about our website and how their information could reach thousands! 😁 ….OK, a couple of hundred but I still think that is pretty good.

That was last week. Nothing at this point. I am ‘sure’ they are bouncing the request up to the president of the company and I will get a wonderful response (yeah, right) but at the moment their response is underwhelming. As in non-existent.

Companies need to smarten up. Some data indicate 3% of the population over 40 is blind or visually impaired. Bloomberg Technology (in Aging Boomers Stump Marketers Eyeing $15 Trillion Prize) talked about how much money we older folks control and how at least one company is trying to woo us.

Anyway, 3% of $15,000,000,000,000 is approximately $4,500,000,000. That is a LOT of financial leverage in my book. Companies should be nicer to us in my not so humble opinion. But then, who listens to me?

Topic next: Lin put me on to an interesting website. Those of you in the Facebook group probably were aware of this months ago because of our publishing time lag.

Weird to think I could die tomorrow but still be publishing for several months after.

Anyway, the site is http://guideme.preventblindness.org/ which brings you to GuideMe. It is an educational site for those who are newly diagnosed.

They start out asking you to complete a survey to help personalize your answers. I thought it was weird they assumed three things: you live alone, you don’t work and you live in the USA. Weird. However, when I tried to correct one of the answers it threw me onto a blank questionnaire. You don’t have to have a ‘personalized’ answer sheet with their incorrect, preconceived notions tainting it.

I really need to write a report for work (and it is a beautiful day and I have housework, etc) so I can just about guarantee you this won’t happen today but what I hope to do is work my way through my personalized report and discuss things here.

I already went to the MD (as in macular degeneration, not medical doctor) support link in GuideMe and looked at the visual field grid. Looking with my left eye I lose 23, 24, 32 and 33. With my right eye I lose 24 and 33.

I did not, however, do things according to directions. You are supposed to move towards the grid until the ovals on the side disappear and they never did. Nose on the screen and they were still there. I would like to say that is a sign of truly superior peripheral vision but logic says I did something wrong.

That is it for now. Gotta grab something to eat and become a productive member of society. Clients want their test results. Ciao!

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