Q It was so sad to read about your challenge with Charcot foot in Sunday's paper and your inability to drive for six to eight months. If anyone has a boatload of good karma it is you! Everyone who needs to get around the Bay Area -- and that would be EVERYONE -- counts on Mr. Roadshow's info, advice, and humor to keep us sane and somewhat on time.
Your honest disclosure is another example of good karma. You may be getting information out to someone who needs it. I wish you a speedy, complete recovery. Follow your doctors' advice, and keep your sense of humor.
A Folks, I am deeply touched by the hundreds of emails, letters and calls that arrived following my column on Sunday about the irony of being the Merc's traffic guy and being unable to hop in the car and drive around with this foot problem. This has been a tough time, but my wife-driver, Jan, and your words have me looking ahead to better days.
Q If folks are in a bind, there are taxis that have equipment for transporting people in wheelchairs, though quite costly. I have also had a lot of success with Safeway.com for grocery delivery. The delivery charges are not outrageous and the prices are the same as the ones in the store. The drivers are very friendly and helpful and are not allowed to accept tips. Hope you get well soon.
A A number of readers mentioned the service Safeway provides, and others suggested testing cars with hand controls.
Q After surgery I was unable to drive for six weeks, but the town of Danville referred me to a volunteer who cheerfully took me to my physical therapy appointments. I don't know what I would have done without her.
Linda Fratto Brewer
A Linda asks that I ask other readers who can't drive how they get around. So please share your tips.
Q Hang in there, Gary. If you ever need a ride and I can help you, I will.
A Would I get to ride in Steve's Hummer?
Q Ah, I would scare you to death if I drove that gigantic tank. I rarely drive it, and if I do it's just to take our dogs to the park they like to walk in. I would pick you up in a Prius!
A Better yet!
Q Have you considered assembling a team of folks who can "be" your feet? I know that you often drive to locations relating to readers' questions and check them out for yourself. Given your current limited mobility, there are likely many of us who could help you in that role. ... If you ever need a ride just email me. You have many friends up and down the bay that would love to help. ... I would like to offer my services as a driver for you once a month in order to keep you on the beat and to give your wife a break.
Scott Summerfeld, Bill Harrison, Tom Lighthouse and many, many more
A Mrs. Roadshow and I are doing fine so far. A friend and co-worker often gives me a lift home, but if I need help from the many who have offered a ride, I will certainly ask.
Q Thank you for sharing your story. I was especially touched by the part of your wife arriving, smiling, to pick you up each day after braving 880 traffic. Sitting in traffic would leave me scowling, not smiling. So glad you have that support.
A Me, too.
Q Don't even think about retiring! There are way too many of us in the valley who need YOU and some coffee to jump-start our systems every morning. I'd sooner switch to decaf tea before I'd give up reading your column. I even forgive you for driving a Prius. What a homely-looking auto!
A You made me laugh, and that is good.
Q Besides being the best wife and driver, Jan can cook shrimp rigatoni. I heard it can cure anything.
A Honey, shrimp rigatoni for Easter?
Q Gary, your tips have been so helpful, especially the latest with the goings-on for the Golden Gate Bridge. I do pray you will get back in the driver's seat soon. In the meantime, please keep writing.
A That is the plan.