Help…Abducted By Somalian Pirates!

I haven’t done much constructive lately since I’ve been kind of busy the past several days. Truth to tell, I’ve been learning to use my early Christmas present my mom insisted I have as a tool for helping both my writing and promoting my cause at the upcoming Music City Liberty Fest, a spiffy Asus Infinity tablet.

It should come in awfully handy to play all the endorsement videos on YouTube my friends have made for me, along with taking good quality photos and video. I can do all the stuff I’ll need to reflexively now, without fumbling around. Never can tell when a great photo or video opportunity will come up, right?

Apart from that, I’ve been thinking about the reactions I’ve seen from some readers. I suspect that much of the time they just can’t get why I need this vehicle modification to get my life moving again. Often they’ll advise me to get some inexpensive beatermobile I can’t use since getting into the drivers’ seat from the rear would be impossible with my utterly unreliable balance. Others offer the good advice of dietary change…which isn’t going to happen until I get out myself; the nice woman who does my light housekeeping and marketing is only familiar with big name stores and wouldn’t have the time for an extra shopping trip every week.

No foul here, it’s difficult for healthy people to even imagine, much less understand how screwed up my body is thanks to MS. But how to convey the message in a simple and effective analogy?

After some thought, the obvious hit me: if folks can’t grasp the nuances of disability, an alternative model is to think of me as being abducted and held for ransom. By Somalian pirates. There’s no reasoning or arguing with them and the only way to secure my escape from the 3.5+ years of confinement is to raise that ransom and pay off these scoundrels.

Somalian pirates are desperate characters, justly notorious for their rapacious ways, and I’m afraid there’s just no other way to get out of their clutches than to pay them off.

So if the whole disability thing is too alien a concept for comfort, just think of it as a situation where I’m being held captive until the Somalian pirates get their due. We’re close to the halfway mark, won’t you good people get me out of this bind? Would you want to be at the mercy of a rogue like this?


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About Glenn Horowitz

I'm a 20 year civil courier pilot, retired by multiple sclerosis. From summer of 2011 until December 2013 my efforts went mostly to my first blog, Get Glenn Mobile, to raise the funds needed to convert my Honda Element for wheelchair access and end my virtual housebound confinement. This was realized just after Christmas 2013 when I was able to acquire a superb X-WAV Element, already modified for my use. Though the original goal wasn't met, what was raised, plus my Honda, plus the proceeds of the sale from my mother's car were enough to make it happen. It's an amazing story in itself! Now, after my release from homebound prison, I can augment the journalistic work I'm doing for the American Daily Herald by getting out in public, talking with people, perhaps even getting some media attention to explain why someone as disabled as I am knows these unfunded entitlement programs like Social Security and its 'disability insurance' are bogus and do more harm than good, and in fact why the whole welfare/warfare state is contrived to keep the gravy train rolling for those who benefit while they drain our resources and eat out our substance. Why 'public education' is really public INDOCTRINATION that's become a meat grinder destroying our youth and our future. Why the fiat currency foisted on us by the Federal Reserve for a hundred years has destroyed the dollar and will without doubt cause its collapse. On and on the list goes, and I want to talk with the world about these vital matters. Please visit my new blog, 'Liberty On Wheels' at if you're interested in learning more!

Posted on October 22, 2012, in General Stuff and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Jonathan Swaringen

    Thanks for the reminder that there are many reasons someone might not change their diet. I had for awhile figured you assumed diet wouldn’t change things so blew off my advice. That wasn’t fair of me at all and I’m sorry I thought such a thing.

    An uncle of mine doesn’t have MS but he does have a major heart issue and some other things that keep him home bound and he can’t get the right kind of food either. He buys mostly from Swann’s which is mostly junk.

    I’ve gotten so wrapped up in all this health stuff that I truly believe would help many people I’ve read about like you and my uncle and didn’t think enough to realize that there might be issues that stop people like you from being able to get access to eating better even if they wanted to.

    I’ve seen some Delivery services that have Paleo or Low Carbohydrate eating plans, but I’m guessing those might be too expensive for your budget. I feel bad I don’t have the money to donate for my utterly contemptible lack of empathy or even logical thought.

    I hope you can get what you need to get mobile and hopefully at some point you are able to make changes that will help you to be even better physically. The Terry Wahl’s stuff is really inspiring but if you can’t get access to those kind of foods that doesn’t really help you and maybe her version of MS is different. I really shouldn’t have judged you that way.

    Again I’m sorry and hope you get what you need very soon. Jimmy Moore of has advertised or had blogs for a few of the grocery delivery services that offer Paleo or Low Carb options and if you haven’t already maybe its something that might work for you in the future if not now.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jonathan!

    You clearly get it…I’m not minimizing or dismissing folks’ suggestions, just trying to get the idea across that I can’t act on them until I first escape this bind. I don’t doubt that implementing these ideas will be helpful, it’s just kinda a Catch-22 situation where those making these suggestions are unconsciously assuming I can simply turn off my disabling limitations…an assumption that’s perfectly understandable for healthy people but is an insurmountable obstacle for me.

    If you’re in or around Nashville on November 3 for the Music City Liberty Fest, I hope you can drop by to talk more…my captors have graciously allowed me a one day furlough to get out and try to make my case to the public and I’ll certainly be there!

  3. Jonathan Swaringen

    I wasn’t under the impression you could turn off your disabling limitations. I was under the impression that you had already tried diet changes and so thought they wouldn’t do you any good and so you were ignoring the advice.

    Not because of any other reasons but only because of that. It wasn’t fair to you regardless. Even if that were the case its perfectly understandable. Most people are skeptical of huge changes caused by “just” diet. It actually makes quite a bit of sense though as to have a properly functioning body you need the right inputs and to minimize the wrong ones. Otherwise what you end up with is bad. There are certainly environmental factors to consider like smoke, toxins, radiation, emf, etc… etc… but many of these can either be partially or almost completely mitigated by lifestyle/diet changes.

    Meditation, Eating the right nutrients, walking in nature with a minimum of artificial emf or other things can all be helpful. Diet is only but one part but it is a majorly important one. I mentioned to a customer whose cat had cancer that she could change the diet and it might help and the customer though it was crazy.

    Perhaps it was….at some point things are too far gone especially with something like cancer and maybe the damage can’t be dealt with enough to “fix” the issue. Sometimes if you can’t outright fix something you can at least make it better though. Make the rest of whatever life someone or some animal in the case of the cat as healthy and painless as possible.

    It all depends on progression. I’ve read some pretty crazy stories like the Terry Wahl’s stuff though and it seems like even the most major cases can turn out well at least some times.

    Thanks for the reply sorry again. Really hope you can resolve your situation soon. I look forward to when you do.

  4. I’d like to know more about becoming more healthy!
    I’ve moved to mostly vegetables, nothing fried and just water with honey to drink.
    I feel much better after I stopped drinking soft drinks and eating processed foods.
    Elephants are to be eaten on e bite at a time.

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