Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles The following video is not accessible. It's got stairs in it. [music plays] Here's a fascinating question I get a lot. Does it bother me that I don't know if anyone is watching me or staring at me. It's funny when I walk around with my cane, I do, I feel like everybody is watching me. I feel like if there are people around they are watching me. And simply because there's not a lot of blind people around and for a lot of people I might be the first time they've ever seen one. So I do, I think people are watching me a lot. And if the roles were reversed and I had never seen a blind person walking with cane, you better believe I'd be watching. I don't think that's rude but I think it's just simple curiosity more than anything. Now, this is the thing, I don't know if I understand the difference between watching and staring. I know that staring is a bit more rude than watching. Parents always say, "Don't stare... that's not polite, don't stare." But what's the difference between staring and watching. I would think that to watch something is okay but to stare means your eyes are wide open and you're just concentrating on this one thing and you're just transfixed if you will. I imagine people do both to me. I think people are looking at me because I'm walking with a white cane. I think people are looking because I'm not quite walking in a straight line. You know. Or maybe I'm about to walk into something. Now, do I notice it in a restaurant for example, if I'm sitting there eating? I might not notice that. Let's say I'm in a place by myself. I'm at a booth alone, okay. And I'm having a little lunch and if there's somebody staring at me from two - three tables away I have no idea. But if I'm with somebody and we're having lunch together and then afterward we're talking and he says, "You know, the person was staring at you for the entire time and it made me uncomfortable." Wow. Okay, I get that too. [music plays] A part of this question is about can I feel the eyes on me. Like I've heard people say that they're burning a hole in the back of my head from looking at me so much, right. But I think that's a sighted thing. I don't think I would be able eyes on me because I don't know what that is. How could I know? It's got to be a sighted thing. I don't think I've ever felt eyes on me before. I don't think I've ever been in a situation where I've been like, [gasp] "I know everybody is watching me." You know, staring at me. I always assume that because I'm different and because people have never seen it and they want to see if I can make it and all that stuff. Now, if I was walking around and there were 20 hands on me I'd feel that. I know what that would be like. You know, people trying to stop me and push me and pull me and the whole thing. But, with eyes I don't really get that. [music plays] When there are sighted people around, I'm not quite sure who's watching all the time, you know, so I have to be careful. So for example, if somebody comes over, if I live with somebody or that kind of thing. I'm afraid to maybe pick my teeth in front of somebody right because I don't know if they're going to see that, or touch my nose or my ear or some weird thing. You know... I never know. And I understand that people aren't watching everything but are you going to see this little moment. I never quite know. Whether or not somebody's watching. But I'm very self conscious when there's sighted people around unless you're in another room. If we're yelling across the house to each other, then I know that things are cool and I could do whatever I have to do. And you can't see it, but in the same room... I got to be careful. Sometimes I might goof it up. Where I'll be talking to somebody and they're out of the room but I guess they're straight ahead and they can still see into the room. Or, the other way around. You know, that they're around a corner and I think, "well, you sound so close. You should be able to see this." But I don't understand that you can't see around the corner. That happens too. Another thing that happens when I'm around sighted people is I can't tell what they're doing all the time. If I just start to talk to somebody and they don't respond I'm going, "I know you're still here." "Oh, yeah, you might be on your phone or something like that." It happens all the time. I never quite know what sighted people are doing. There are times when I'll be talking to somebody and maybe they get distracted or have to go away for a quick second while I'm talking to them and I'm just sitting there talking going, "Hello. [gasp] Oh, you really did leave." "Wait, I'll be right back!" And that's a time where I thought they were right there looking at me. Totally engaged in what I had to say. And they got distracted and had to leave. Isn't it funny. I'm talking about sighted people watching me and then sighted people not even looking. It's very hard to know. [music plays] Just because I'm blind people think that I can't really stare at somebody, right, but I do. It's not staring with my eyes, but you better believe I'm checking people out. I listen to conversations. I just start to zero in on a conversation. For example, if we're having lunch or something like that. And there's somebody at the next table talking about something interesting, I am all in. And I'm transfixed just like you would be with your eyes if you were watching somebody. And I'm just all on that conversation. You know, people are like, "Tommy, what are doing?" "Shh, they're talking about something cool over here. Hang on a second." I love that so I'm guilty of it too. And this is why I talk quietly when I'm out. [music plays] Hey, by the way, I want to recommend a channel to you. A couple weeks ago at YouTube Space LA, I happen to meet a lovely couple who have a channel called Wranglerstar. And what these guys did is very cool. They left the city to become modern homesteaders up in the rugged mountains of the Pacific Northwest. These guys do all kinds of outdoorsy stuff. You know, cutting down big trees and building things and putting things together. Just doing it all on their own. It's off the grid stuff and it's amazing and it's honestly stuff I never really knew about before so I'm learning a lot from these guys as well. A couple of the videos I really like, well one of them is where he's talking about these handmade clamps that he uses that are very intricate. Another, he's demonstrating a tractor and how it works, and my favorite talking about these steel pants he wears. I swear to god, he wears metal pants. He also does videos about everything that's going on in the world and stuff that's happening on YouTube like channels getting hacked. He also talks about YouTube ad revenue being cut and even all that stuff that went on with PewDiePie and how Casey Neistat reacted to it and everything. He just brings a real different perspective to it. It's very grounded. I love listening to him talk about it. So check him out. Subscribe to his channel. Look, there's a link right there on the screen and in the description as well. Hey, you got to get me a pair of those metal pants, man. I bet they go with everything.