Although barely a dozen dating websites for the blind are currently available, the number of registered members on the live chat sites is increasing.The For the People dating website for the blind is a free social networking site.Granted to many it would probably seem like there are very few upsides to being partially sighted but you would be wrong. Well free to a point at least, before 9.30am and after 11pm the bus companies seem to think we have magically been given our sight back so the bus pass becomes obsolete, just sat in my wallet craving attention like the Nectar card that hasn’t seen the light of day since I first got tricked into having it. But hey, for every other journey it is totally free. A second up side is the tax allowance, an allowance of £2000 on top of the generous £10500 of our hard earned money that we are allowed to keep. I used to be quite good but then my sight got worse and now I see double all the time and I am never quite sure which ball I am meant to be hitting. In fact I hate it, this brings me to the ugly, now I haven’t seen myself in a mirror for nearly 10 years, when I look into a mirror for all I know I am looking at a blank wall. But I do know one thing, the ugly side of sight loss is not from looking in the mirror at my once perfect reflection, it is from the narrow minded people that treat you like second rate citizens.Many times I have been out with friends or family members and people find it fun to hurl abuse my way for whatever reason.
If you can excuse the pun there I would like to talk about the miserable world of dating.Mrs Smith had the years on me and beat me every time. I gave up looking for what I could join in the end and decided I had to take matters into my own hands. Well, the truth is, I probably am a bit mad but you have to be to start such a venture.After a lot of hard work and getting the group which is now known as Outlook off the ground I, along with a few others founded the Gloucestershire Visually Impaired County Cricket Club. Cricket after all is a game played with eleven players and at the time we had 6. At the time I was dubious, many conversations would take place between myself and the coach at the time about whether or not we could get it off the ground and make it work.It used to really get me down until I realised that ugly is exactly what they are.There’s no decency to a person that can talk to a total stranger in such ways, just ugliness.At the end of it all when I look back to all of the struggles and the hours spent to form the embers of what is now a club burning brighter and brighter every season, you have to say, it was all worth it.Friendships for life are formed, exercise is always good and my trophy shelf has some welcome additions which for a while I didn’t think would happen. Not sure if these go hand in hand, there is no reason to suggest it does but my left ear is useless. I could be completely sober but look like I have been on a bender with a group of randy darts players.There are many more positive things I will talk about in the future but I can’t give all of my secrets away straight away now can I.Online dating websites for the blind and visually impaired offer a chance to socialise and "cyber-flirt" with peers.That’s it for now Just to clarify this is not a rant at anyone in particular, it is merely Real Life Humour.MRWG For as long as I can remember I have loved sports, both watching and playing.