The Long Awaited Part 2 to Nash is the New King of Queens

Well I know I said I would get back to being more consistent with getting back to the blogging of Nash and my adventures, but that was before I realized how hectic things would become in Queens. We left off with Nash and me moving to Queens. Unfortunately, I can’t walk you through everything, as things have been quite complicated since I wrote part one, but I will try and fill in the highlights.

We moved to Queens about two weeks ago. Both Nash and I were totally confused and lost as things out in Queens aren’t as well laid out as they are in the city. Luckily for us, my buddy Scott is out here with us, as without him moving to new area would have been a lot more frightening than it was. Nash was definitely not comfortable at first. I think he was wondering where that small studio apartment he called home for the last two years was. Nash and I have done a good amount of traveling over the past two years, so I think at first he thought this was just more traveling, but I had taken everything he owned with us. I did notice that Nash was a little confused as to where he wanted to sit. There were only so many options in the studio apartment. I think he was really thinking why isn’t the bed closer to the computer so he can lay in my bed and still keep a watchful eye on me. What is with this whole separate room thing? Hey Nash, welcome to how everyone outside of New York City lives. More space.

It is very strange to walk right outside your apartment and be outside, oh yeah and very strange to have a backyard. I started walking Nash for his bathroom trips out back, but there is so much dirt and weeds, and of course the Nasher had to go and investigate everything. I couldn’t tell if he was just being curious or sticking his nose in to things and eating it. I did notice that Nash seemed to have an upset stomach the first few days, and I wasn’t sure if it was from eating things outside, or something else. I have since found out that it was probably from the change in water. Also, some of the major anxiety that I had been feeling was probably being felt by him.

Yes, this entire move has been anxiety ridden. I am so used to walking outside and having everything right there for me. Not only is that no longer the case, now I have to learn just how to get out of the apartment complex that I am living in, as it is not just a straight shot. For the first week, I wouldn’t feel comfortable going anywhere without my buddy Scott. The first thing I did learn on my own was how to get to the trash dumpster in the complex so I could throw Nash’s little goodies away. That I did feel comfortable doing on my own, as it was just down the street from the apartment. Still it was odd the first time, as I had no clue if Nash would recognize the new apartment on the way back. I did count my steps to make sure that I would have some clue where the apartment was. I am happy to report that Nash did make the turn to the apartment. I had done about 15 trips to the dumpster, and that was the only place I had gone on my own. Then on Friday night, Nash and I got lost on our way back to the apartment. Not really sure what happened, but as you can imagine, it was quite frustrating and scary. We eventually found our way back home, as I had to just keep walking up streets and tell Nash home. Queens is nothing like the city, as there are not a lot of people out at night, at least not in the complex, or if they were out there, no one said anything, I they would have been able to tell that I was lost, as I was yelling at Nash a little. We got back in to the apartment, and I felt so bad, as I really had only yelled at Nash once before. It was more a yelling out of frustration. After a cool down period, I did apologize to Nash, we hugged it outt, and he got a few treats. I still feel bad about it, and am sure I will remember that bad feeling if there is ever another time that I want to yell at him, not a good feeling.

So we have dealt with a lot of frustration as we have not been able to go anywhere on our own, and then Hallejuah as a trainer from Guiding Eyes came out here a few days ago. I had my buddy Scott walk her through the main shortcut to get out of the complex, and her reaction was, uh no, that is a disaster waiting to happen. She said, there is no way you should be taking that shortcut, as there are to many ways for you to get lost, and one wrong turn and you and Nash will have clue where you are. Bummer, as I am all about the shortcuts when it comes to getting anywhere.

The trainer and I did work the main route out to main street, and again she told me it was a pretty complicated route, but very doable, just going to take some time for Nash and me to learn. We worked the route, and used a clicker to help Nash learn a few landmarks. Well, the training session was three days ago, and I am happy to report that Nash and I made it to the store and back today all on our own. It was a little uncomfortable as I wasn’t hundred percent certain where I was at all times, but Nash did a fantastic job. He really did seem to recall the landmarks. He was absolutely tremendous. I guess Nash and I have had it easier the last few years, as navigating NYC is pretty easy. Well of course besides all the annoying tourists who do not want to move out of your way.

In addition to all the stress and anxiety I have been dealing with moving to a new area, and trying to learn the layout of the apartment, the neighborhood, and where everything is. As if that hasn’t been enough on my plate, we have begun putting together Laugh For Sight NYC 2011, and there is so much work to be done. Additionally, I also upgraded my mac to the new operating system Lion, and it has been a disaster, as there are so many new things I am having to learn on the computer. Quite frustrating. So much for everyone who told me go ahead and upgrade to Lion as it is great. Definitely not the experience I have had with it. So you can see we have been quite busy.

Overall, I would say that Nash and I do seem to be on our way to getting to know the neighborhood. And while it is going to take a lot longer to get familiar with things, each day we are a step closer to feeling more comfortable. I think getting to he store today on our own was huge for us. I don’t think you sighted folk realize how difficult moving to a new area is. The only thing I could suggest is go to a place where you have never been before, close your eyes and try to get home without opening at all. Good luck, and no, I am not going to lend you Nash to try it with!

One Response to “The Long Awaited Part 2 to Nash is the New King of Queens”

  1. Robbin Says:

    It does seem counter-intuitive that getting around in the city would be easier because there is so much more going on. But I guess everything would be closer, for sure! It’s hard to move to a new place sighted, can’t imagine trying to do it blindfolded! But you guys will soon be navigating Queens like pros…or Kings!!

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