Podcast

The Power of An Elbow From A One Handed Perspective – OHS016

A close up of a man holding his elbow.

How often do you think about how powerful our elbows actually in our lives. If you have lived your life with one hand, you might think differently about the power of an elbow.

The elbow is specific to humans and other primates. The elbow joint is the is the synovial hinge joint between the humerus in the upper arm and the radius and ulna in the forearm which allows the forearm and hand to be moved towards and away from the body.

Who really thinks about how powerful the elbow really is? As a person born with one hand I find myself deeply contemplating the power of an elbow. This is because for me just to have an elbow on the arm that does not have a hand is so much a part of who I am. In many of my professional speaking jobs I talk about how thankful I am for my elbow. I truly believe it is an under appreciated part of the body for most people.

In this Podcast I talk a bit about my perspective, gratitude and love of the power of an elbow.

Show Notes:

  • What does an elbow really do?
  • Do you only think about an elbow when it hurts, is broken, or when you hit your funny bone?
  • Being born without my left and below the elbow has allowed me to truly appreciate how powerful and beneficial is the elbow.
  • What my elbow does for me as a one handed person.

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I Might Not Have Two Hands But I Am Fully Armed – OHS015

Two images of AlejAndro looking cool. One image of AlejAndro in his Aikido uniform, And one illustration of AlejAndro as his Superhero persona named Droui'ko.

AlejAndro might not have two hands but he is fully armed. Not having two hands has stopped him from turning adversity into unlimited power.

This podcast was inspired by a common phrase I have experienced over the course of this one handed life. I heard two different people make reference to me in this manner in the two past weeks. It is something I have often thought about and at times have asked why people refer to me that way. I have heard it enough to recognize a pattern. People refer to me as the “one armed guy.” What I find both interesting and somewhat funny is that I do have two arms even though I do not have two hands.

One of my favorite sayings is “I might no have two hands but I am fully armed!” I even had this on a t-shirt and would wear it at the Oregon Country Fair and other festivals. I would get fantastic responses. Must be something about that phrase in relation to a one handed guy. In this podcast I share with you some of my experiences and perspective in response to people saying I only have one arm. 

Show Notes:

  • Understanding other’s perspective of me and other disabilities.
  • People say I only have one arm in the funniest of places.
  • Do I look like I have one arm?

Resources:

  • The Coffee Studio – My standard stop for local coffee, great service and conversation.
  • Fully Armed – Meet Ron Gustafson. Professional speaker and all around great guy. Turn a set-back into a come back!
  • Oregon Country Fair – A great festival for people of all types.

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Disabled Fashion! It’s A One Handed Thing Making Style Fit My Body! – OHS014

AlejAndro showing his one handed style with custom tailored clothes. There are images of AlejAndro in his Martial art uniform, in his Pea Coat, and in his suit jacket. All three were custom tailored to fit his one handed body.

Living life and sporting the one handed disabled fashion. Bringing style and swank to his one handed life by getting my clothes custom tailored to fit my body.

After living this one handed life for my entire life I wanted to bring a bit more style and swank to my reflection of fashion. I have always been into fashion. I love shoes and socks and dressing up as much as possible. However, since I do not have two hands I have always had an issue with long sleeves. T-shirts and short sleeved button downs are not an issue and I love wearing them. However, when it comes to hoodies, long sleeved dress shirts, suit jackets, french cuffs and cuff links, dress coats, and coats in general I have always had a lifetime quirk.

It has only been in the last few years that I started to get my clothes custom cut to fit my body. It all started with custom fitting my martial art tops to fit my body. This was mostly to be more efficient and to more more naturally. Then I started to get my suit jackets to fit my “short side.” I started a personal revolution of disabled fashion with a one handed overtone and I ain’t looking back! Not only do I feel and look better in clothes that actually are designed for my body, it also inspires other people. There are so many benefits to living life with one hand!! 

Show Notes:

  • What style means for a one handed man.
  • Making style and clothes fit my body.
  • The benefits of one handed fashion also supports other people’s inspiration.

Resources:

  • Rebekah Marine The Bionic Model, Rebekah Marine is a true inspiration! @rebekahmarine
  • Nicole Kelly – Speaker, educational lecturer, Miss Iowa 2013, mentor and advocate. @missnicolekelly
  • Ryan Haack Author of “Different is Awesome!” and making true change in the world! See more at LivingOneHanded.com
  • Zach Gowen A one legged superstar, A World Wrestling Entertainment champion, a professional speakers and all around great guy! @zachgowen
  • Nubability Athletics – A great organization for people with special and unique bodies. #dontneed2
  • Boulder Aikikai – My Sensei’s Martial Art School.
  • Bu Jin Design – An excellent resource for your Aikido style!

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Saving a Skier’s Life at Snowbird, Utah! A True Toastmasters Story – OHS013

A skier lies in the snow about to die

Saving the Life of a Skier at Snowbird ski Resort in Utah. This was partly a Toastmasters “After Dinner” speech from one of the Advanced Manuals.

Here is a story of how I saved a skier’s life at Snowbird ski resort in Utah. That was the year I boarded 70 days and was in most excellent physical condition. The snow had ended here in Boise, Idaho and the Bogus Basin Ski Resort was closed. I wanted to get to 70 days and always wanted to ride the greatest snow on earth. So I got in my car, grabbed my snowboard gear and my Aikido clothes. I also wanted to train some Aikido at night. I was in really good fitness and the Aikido in Salt Lake City, Utah was a sweet as the snow at Snowbird. I had no idea what was about to happen on my last of three days on my last ride up the last tram to take my last ride down the mountain.

After a most glorious three days of snowboarding and Aikido I was on my very last tram ride up and what was about to be my very last ride down. I had never been to high on a mountain. The skiing in that area was about to close and no one would be allowed up that high at night. I was totally alone and thought watching the sun set would be only add to my experience. As I sat gazing at the sunset on top of a mountain I looked down at the path I was about to surf the snow when I saw the strangest thing. I saw the man who’s like I was about to save.

If you have ever heard a man from Florida tell a story about a one handed guy who saved his life in Snowbird, Utah pass this along to him!

Show Notes:

  • Saving skier’s lives as a snowboarder.
  • Listening to what we feel can really make a difference.
  • Advanced Manual Toastmasters Speech about after dinner speaking.

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Disability Perks! The Benefits of a One Handed Life – OHS0012

The National Park Service logo with an image of an other Golden Access Passport for having a Lifetime Disability

The National Park Service logo with my Golden Access Passport. These are given out if you have a lifetime disability and they have great perks!

I prefer the cooler side on being born with one hand. That is why I lean on humor and fun. It is rare I play the “disability card” so to speak. But there are times… I often ask to get on a plane, will look for any disability discounts, will use it as a hiring preference, and on more rare occasions I will ask if I can park in the “alter-abled” parking area when speaking at a festival. The Oregon Country Fair has always been supportive of this request. My legs are just fine and I will never ask for a disable parking license plate or status, hide behind my disability, or use myself as an excuse. What I will do is look for the perks of a one handed life. And getting a Golden Access Lifetime Disability Passport from the National Park Service is one of them.

This is a short story of meeting my dear dear friend Stacy near Yellowstone National Park while on my cross country bicycle trip. It is also where I had a great moment requesting not to pay the entrance fee as I was here to also apply for a Golden Access Disability Passport.

Show Notes:

  • Getting A Golden Access Lifetime Passport for having a Disability.
  • The funny ways I show people I have a lifetime disability.
  • Meeting a friend in Yellowstone National Park while riding my bicycle across the USA.

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