Who Dat?

Back in the 80s, long before the X-Games existed, Tom Haig traveled the world as an extreme athlete. He visited more than 50 countries as an international high diver, doing multiple somersault tricks from over 90 feet.

That life came crashing down one Sunday morning in 1996. While training on his mountain bike, he smashed into the grill of a truck and became paralyzed from the waist down. But less than a year later he completed a 100-mile ride on a hand-cycle and traveled by himself to Europe and the Middle East.

Since then he has continued to travel the world as a consultant, writer and video producer. He spent six months launching a Tibetan radio station in the Himalayas and shot documentary shorts on disability in Bangladesh, France, Albania, Ghana and most recently Nepal.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sh*t Keeps Breaking!

Sorry for the short picture-less post, but the latest in my list of things that has broken since I left home is now my computer. I could sit at work and write for an hour a day, but that's really not what these computers are for. So I'll just jot down the list of things that have broken since I left Corvallis. Hopefully, I'll be back up with a slew of posts as soon as my computer gets fixed:

  • Front bike tire (flat on mile 19 of the Portland Marathon)
  • Car (desastrous strike by Bambi in Montana)
  • GPS plug in. (just stopped charging when I needed it most - in Charlottesville, a town with no straight roads)
  • Ipod to radio plug in (actually never worked that well to begin with)
  • Plastic shower chair (that one was pretty funny. I transferred into it and the legs spread like a dog on ice)
  • Voltage transformer (blew a fuse first time it got plugged in at the Pema Thang in Dharamsala. Second fuse has been solid)
  • Wheelchair handle (and my right elbow after I fell six steps!)
  • Chinese heater (!!@#%%%&%$$%ing piece of crap!)
  • Left calf (burned on that !!@#%%%&%$$%ing piece of crap!)
  • Portable sound board (luckily it was just the power cord, not the board)
  • Cell phone wall adapter (smelled something electrical burning...)
  • Lost bearing on left wheel (replaced by a joint US-India operation - Thanks Dan, John and Ron!)
  • Guitar pickup (fixed now, but one day it just all fell apart)
  • Front wheel on chair (snapped off on a bumpy ride between McLeod Ganj and Bhagsu - road has since been asphalted)
  • Front wheel on chair (had it welded; worked for two weeks; broke off on a similarly rough road)
  • Transformer US to India adapter (fried ten minutes before our first open mic - luckily very easy to replace in Dsala)
  • Computer (still hoping it's just the power cord)

So it hasn't been the cleanest of trips so far. I think it's my fault for claiming that my trip to Turkey last June was a 'perfect trip'. Never again. Those travel gods have VERY long memories!


  1. with all your power problems i would invest in a power conditioner of some sorts. you're going to fry anything that you plug in to a wall there! constant voltage and amperage spikes and valleys plays havoc on electronics. black outs and generators don't help either. you have nothign but dirty power. clean it up. hugs and kisses. -bart

  2. D'oh!

    Hang in there.

    Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie

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