Estelle Wingardner of San Francisco, California, stated in an interview with a correspondent from AARP recently, "I have to walk everywhere now. I needed that COLA raise last year and I sure as hell needed it this year. I can't afford the bus, trains, cabs are out, I just have to walk everywhere."
She stated further, "You try walking up and down all these damn hills. The only flat walk I have is at the Mall, and I have to walk five and half miles to get there."
Estelle told us that she had applied for some Stimulus Money to purchase a Vespa Scooter but she was turned down for that amount. She told us, "They approved me for a three and a half million dollar loan, what would I do with that, all I wanted was five hundred dollars. Having three and half million would scare me to death."
She stated too that her Cadiologist was pleased with her progress, and applauded her for following her cardio rich program. He told her that walking was the best thing she could do, to which she replied, "Heck I would have rather gotten them two raises and gotten to ride a little, this walking sucks."