GJ Willis' Art Notes
The Adventures and Misadventures of a Neer Do Well Artist Living in Baltimore.
I am a visual artist and writer living in Baltimore. I don't have any artist friends. Frankly, artists scare me, there so darn flaky. The above picture is either of me or proof that I'm a pretty decent artist. My goal is to be a self sufficient artist, whereas I wouldn't have to do something else in the day in order to eke out an existence. I also like to attend various cultural events around town. I go to plays, the symphony, etc. Also, I have Asperger's Syndrome. I found this out recently and it has explained a heck of a lot as to why I am as I am.
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Thursday, June 30, 2005
I’m absolutely surprised that the new head guy over at National Public Broadcasting has wasted money to find out that,..... Shock! Horror! NPR is liberal! He did this by hiring an independent company that rated each show on NPR as being either Pro or Anti Bush. As I recall The Diane Rehm Show was rated as being the most Anti-Bush show on NPR.
I heard all of this, this very morning on NPR’s Morning Edition. I was surprised that they allowed it to be reported on their station. It was almost as if they were being openly defiant against there new Republican dictator.
It appears that the new head of NPR is a rabid neocon hellbent on turning NPR into yet another outlet for the Republican Party. Also I heard on Morning Edition that he wants to hire this woman who was a chair in the Republican Party as his second in command. Yikes!!! Right now it seems as though Republicans are trying to take away our only true liberal media outlet.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Last night I had either new neighbors moving in or the same ones moving in new furniture.
I had to open the door of my apartment so that they could move in a bed. The neighbor said it was possible that they may need the door so that they could move in a dresser. After he left I of course had a panic attack as I waited and waited for another knock on the door that never came. I went to bed assuming that they were finished.
I was horrified when I stepped out the door this morning. I was horrified at the sight of a moving van still parked out in front. I thought they were finished!
The sight of the moving van caused me to come back in the house and have yet another panic attack. I was paralayzed with fear. Should I stay at home until they are finished or go to work? Maybe they were already finished?
In the end I decided to go to work and let the chips fall where they may. I hope that they will be nice enough to wait until I get home if they need my door to move additional furniture. I hate the thought of strangers going through my apartment without me there.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
This morning at the 7-eleven, I accidently bumped into the deaf man from work that looks like Andy Rooney. I was reaching for a bag of chips and as I was reaching he passed by and I ended up accidently touching his arm. It was one of those split second things.
I didn’t think anything of it until I crossed the street to wait for the light rail train. While waiting I couldn’t help but notice that he kept giving me angry threatening looks. Like he would cross the street to throw something away in the trash can. As he crossed the street all the while he would be looking at me with a scowl on his face. Also I noticed that he kept rapidly opening and closing his right hand. I’m not deaf so I don’t know if that means anything in sign language or if he just felt like opening and closing his hand a lot to let off tension.
It was all just an accident! I’m 5’3 and he towers over me at 6’ something. Did he really think I was trying to attack him? Maybe he’s a racist or something and a black woman accidently bumping into him is tantamount to I don’t know what...
Come to think of it.... recently he’s been giving me a lot of angry threatening looks lately. Did I do something that I’m not aware of that’s viewed as a slight in the deaf world? Surely, he knows by now that I’m not deaf. Maybe I should find a way to sign, “I’m not deaf. I’m autistic.”
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Monday, June 27, 2005
Today was the start of my work week sans a bus pass. I tried to pay for a day pass on the bus but the machine wasn’t working. I had to buy a pass at the light rail station. I hope that I have enough cash to buy a pass for the remainder of the week.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Big event of the day was walking down to Shane’s restaurant on Fayette Street. I went there because I wanted to stretch my legs. I also I feared I was getting cabin fever. I was getting this sickly feeling that I couldn’t trace to anything other than the fact that I hadn’t gone out anywhere this weekend.
I spent my entire weekend off laying under the fan trying to stay cool. I originally wanted to see the new Batman movie but was worried about whether or not I had enough money for the rest of next week.
As you can recall my bus pass was lifted last Thursday. I ordinarily like to keep my MTA pass around my neck so that I know where it’s at at all times. The leather strap for it broke about a month or so ago. So I’ve been carrying it around in my pocket. It was stolen while it was in my pocket. I suppose the person who stole it thought they were taking a wallet filled with cash not an MTA bus pass.
As far as Shane’s goes, I’m surprised that they are still in business now that the Trailways/Greyhound bus companies have moved away from the block.
While in Shane’s I noticed that they have different counter people working there on weekends. The Sunday counter girl seemed to be on something. She kept insisting that this man who came in had ordered a milk shake. To the best of my memory Shane’s doesn’t sell milkshakes so why would he order one? My order was finished before the ending of the milkshake drama was solved.
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Today, I did nothing but peruse autism message boards that I found on the web. Of all the ones I found my favourite one is the Wrong Planet forum. I like it because it is big and seems to have a lot of frequent posters. I should say right now that the autism message boards that I visit are geared more towards people eg. teens/adults with autism NOT parents with autistic kids.
I also found a semi-militant group of autistics over at the Aspies For Freedom message board. Despite the folks over at Aspies For Freedom having a reputation for being a little militant in there world view. I agree with the majority of there points. So I’m not sure if that would make me a militant autistic person or not.....
Then there is the very small in comparison to the Wrong Planet forum, Aspergers Community Board. This by the way was the very first message board that I ran across on the web last year that had a forum for adults/teens with autism. When I found this message board I found it very refreshing. I found it refreshing because you rarely get to have the opportunity to compare the life experiences of other adults on the autism spectrum. So when I came across this site I felt normal. Well normal, for a woman with Aspergers Syndrome.....
Friday, June 24, 2005
Yesterday, I’m sad to report that I lost my bus pass for the month of June. I think that someone must have lifted it out of my pocket while I was in Rite Aide yesterday shopping for mouth wash. I thought it was odd that this woman brushed by in the not so crowded dental aisle and excused herself. I thought, hey that’s very polite she said excuse and there's really no reason for it. I didn’t think anything of it until I checked my jumper pockets after I left the store. I searched in horror to find that the pockets that used to contain my bus pass were empty.
So today for the first time in years I had to pay actual bus fare on the bus. I don’t know how I’ll make it through the rest of next week. Thank God/Goddess I will be receiving a new bus pass next Friday!
WHAT I’M WEARING:
I’m wearing a turquoise A-line skirt that is literally being held up by safety pins. It’s a skirt I made years ago. It appears that the elastic waistband became unexpectantly disengaged this morning. I had to find a way to quickly realign it, hence, the safety pin solution! Also this morning I have on a short sleeve floral blouse that has a string tie front.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
This morning I caught the #2 bus the #20 bus was fast on it’s heels. The driver to the #2 bus reminded me of black female version of Divine. She had the hairline and the outrageous penciled in eyebrows and very long finger nails. However, I can’t recall if Divine had long fake fingernails or not.....
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Yesterday, to be 100% safe I called work to remind my supervisor that I have two days off this week. I did this because I was afraid that he forgot that he gave me clearance to take Monday and Tuesday off. I didn’t want him thinking on Tuesday that I had up and quit. I always feel a bit unnerved when I have two days off as opposed to one.
The reason why I decided to take two days off is that I noticed that some calendars have June 20th and others June 21st as being the first day of Spring. As I’ve written before I like to take the First Day of Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring off.
On my first day back from vacation my ID badge did not work. I immediately became stricken with unbelievable gut wrenching panic and fear. The lack of entry into my workplace made me wonder if I had been unceremoniously given the boot. Who knows maybe my Supervisor wasn’t in on the day I left the phone message? Did I leave messages in vain to a machine that no one would ever listen to?
To my relief it turns out that we were all issued new ID badges. There was some type of a security issue going on. As I understand it our old badges were somehow encoded with our social security numbers.
Right now I feel very relieved and happy that I am still employed and have a working ID badge.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
I wonder if people at work think that I went out and bought a lot of skirts as opposed to the truth that I own a lot of skirts.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
The big event of the day was that today, I went grocery shopping. I can practically see all the shocked and amazed faces out there over the internet...
Monday, June 20, 2005
As I wrote yesterday after I left my father’s house on Sunday I watched back to back Volume I and II of Doctor Who. I obtained these disks legally by buying them from the UK on sendit.com
Overall, the show kicked ass. It was phenomenal! I hope that it makes it to the US very soon. Volume I and II which consisted of episodes 1-6 have been dubbed the vanilla disks. I don’t know why but that’s what they call them over on Outpost Gallifrey. The next slate of episodes to be released on DVD come out in August. I’m not sure if I’ll get them or wait until November for the box set to come out.
2005 DOCTOR WHO QUICK REVIEW
Christopher Eccleston as The Doctor
Watching this episode makes me wonder if the reason the series was rejected by US networks is because Rose’s boyfriend, Mickey, is Black. I’m trying hard to think of any other major American TV show that has the white female lead in a relationship with a black man. I can’t think of any... If they do an interracial relationship it’s usually a secondary character. So perhaps this little twist scared the hell out of US TV execs..... I’m only mentioning this because this is the only reason I can think of as to why the show might have been rejected. Overall, it was a pretty good romp. I really loved Rose’s chubby sexpot mum. She was simply hilarious. Overall, the episode was ok.
THE END OF THE WORLD
This was an extremely excellent episode! It was rollicking good fun. I laughed out loud several times. I wonder if had this been the episode they showed first to US networks the show might have been picked up sooner. Watching the very flat last Earth woman who kept saying to her flunkies, ”Moisturize me! Moisturize me! “, reminded me of a certain co-worker who constantly applies lotion to herself several times a day. Favourite line in the episode is when Rose refers to the very flat woman as a bitchy trampoline. I also loved it when greeting the others aboard the ship Doctor Who realized that he forgot to bring along a gift. He improvised by simply breathing on them saying, ”I give you the gift of breathe!“ I also loved how the Doctor arranges for Rose to talk to her mother on her cell phone while Rose in the future and her mother is in the past. Then he jokes that she should see what the phone bill for that is going to be!
THE UNQUIET DEAD
This was the most scariest episode I saw. I was actually hiding behind a pillow while watching this episode. I also really loved the very familiar looking man playing Charles Dickens. Right now I can't think of his name but he's been in a lot of good movies.
ALIENS OF LONDON
I loved this episode because in a way it felt realistic as to the effect of going away without notice would have on loved ones. I also kind of felt sorry for the faux alien pig.
WORLD WAR THREE
I really liked the way that Mickey and Rose’s mother played off of each other in this episode. It made me feel that they would make a really great couple. I also found it funny that the Slitheen had a flatulence problem.
The return of the Daleks! er Dalek! With this episode you learn that there was something called a Time War and that Gallifrey was wiped out thus leaving the Doctor the sole Gallifreyan left alive. You also learn that the Dalek in Dalek is the sole Dalek left in the entire universe.
I can’t believe I was watching this episode feeling sorry for the Dalek. Scariest part of the episode is seeing a thin scrawny Christopher Eccleston shirtless. He could have at least worked out a little....
Sunday, June 19, 2005
This Father’s Day I went over my old man’s house. I went over to wish him a Happy Father’s Day, drop off my nephew’s birthday money, and pick up my Doctor Who DVD’s from sendit.com My visit didn’t last very long because it wasn’t even five minutes before my sister came into the room my father stays in to relentlessly beg him for money.
My sister is pushing 50 and has a serious drug dependency problem. In fact she’s had this problem for quiet some time. She was half afraid that one of children would be taken away from her when it was born because her drug problem was that bad. One of her children was this close to being a crack baby.
Hearing her relentlessly beg my father for money reminded me of why I had to leave and get a place of my own.
I only wish I could have visited longer because I love my father but hate my sister’s drug dependency problem. If she wasn’t there I would have stayed longer.
Another thing that was going on was that my father was constantly worrying me about how much money I was going to leave my nephew for his birthday. He kept asking me, “How much are you going to leave the boy?” “Don’t give him too much money!” “You know you got bills to pay!” I know that he was deeply concerned that I was giving away my entire life savings as a present to my nephew. But this was far from the case.. I had only saved up $115 to give to my nephew for his 15th birthday. All my bills were paid up and I was not in danger of going to debtors prison.
In the end I was afraid to give my nephew the $115 I saved up for him. The reason was the ferocity of his mother’s begging. I do not know how strong his resolve is against her. I ended up I giving him $40 as I ran out of the house. Yes, my sister’s begging troubled so much that I actually ran out of the house. I felt that in order to have stayed longer I would have had to have held up a chair and a whip to her and say, “Back I say! Back!”
When I got home I calmed down by watching Volume I and II on DVD of the new Doctor Who series back to back. I’ll give a review of what I saw later in the week.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Today was a day brimming with Pride. Today is both Baltimore Gay Pride Day as well as the first ever Autism Pride Day.
One thing I am surprised about Baltimore Gay Pride Day is that they will be doing something in of all places, Druid Hill Park. Druid Hill Park is right in the middle of the hood. Somehow I have never associated Druid Hill Park as being the epicenter of Gay Pride.
I only recently found out about Autism Pride Day. Obviously, by it’s name it was started by adults with autism who like me are not ashamed of their disorder or feel that we have to be “fixed”. I have no idea what I will do today to celebrate the new found Autism Pride Day.
Friday, June 17, 2005
p>Yesterday, I downloaded music from iTunes. I have Beck’s new kick ass song, E-Pro.
So far the only place I’ve heard it played on is on WTMD. This is really odd because they mostly play cutting edge folksy soccer mom music not something as guitar laden as Beck’s latest. I don’t know if WHFS has put the song into rotation or not. The one thing I have noticed is that WTMD has put The Killers into rotation. The Killers as I wrote sometime in December/January were first heard on WHFS. I wonder if HFS will ever play music first heard on WTMD>
CONCERN OF THE DAY: Father's Day
My father constantly likes to say things such as, “I’m not sure how long I’ll last.” He’s been saying this ever since he was in his 50’s. He says these things as if he were like an old tire ready to give at any minute.
Presents for him are difficult to pick out. In the past we would all chip in and buy him a case a beer. A card I think would be more appropriate.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Yesterday, was horrible. I forgot to put on deodorant. I guess I was feeling a little too subconscious wearing the skirt my father hated. I was focusing more on the skirt than the rest of me. By late afternoon I was reaking. I felt horrible there was nothing I could do about it.
Earlier, in the morning I thought I’d go to the store that’s down the street from my job. I was saddened to find that they didn’t sell any deodorant just convenience foods. Well, you can’t be perfect all the time. Everyone has an off day and yesterday was mine...
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Since, I wasn’t too focused on what would my father think, I remembered to put on deodorant. Also I even decided to carry a spare in my bag just in case something goes wrong. So far everything’s OK. Will carrying around extra deodorant be akin to my extra umbrella fancy? I suppose only time will tell....
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
I know the odds are widely against it but I’m still working on the sundress. All I have to do now is figure out what are darts and why do they have to be pressed down? The dress pattern itself does not give the slightest hint as to how to assemble a dart. Oh well, I suppose I could Google the answer somewhere....
The only type of clothing I’ve previously made were skirts. Hence, the amazing surplus of unworn skirts I have. My main goal right now is to have it finished before the end of summer.
MALE PINK SHIRT REPORT:
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
CONCERN OF THE DAY: Can I still sew?
This will be my first attempt in years to make a piece of clothing. My last attempt many years ago was an A-line skirt. The skirt with my mother’s help turned out pretty good. I wonder if I’m capable of making something a little more complicated without her expert guiding hand?
I don’t know if I’ve said this before but my mother was a seamstress of sorts. When I was a kid she used to make all my clothes as well as her own. She even did Prom dresses from time to time.
So here’s hoping that I don’t ruin the fabric I bought for the sundress.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Monday, June 13, 2005
TWO MEN IN PINK
The first one I saw was on the shuttle bus I take heading into work. Then when I got to work I saw another man wearing a pink polo, then again it might have been peach. Anyway, I ’m not too surprised seeing him wearing a pink looking shirt. He always looks very fashionably well dressed and coifed.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Nothing much to report...... Today, I basically just laid around all day under the fan trying to escape the brutal heat.
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Today, I went to laundromat. After I came back I went shoe shopping late in the day instead of earlier like I usually do. I wanted to get sandals to wear for my skirt-a-thon.
The reason why I went shopping late was to see what it was like. It had been a long time since I’ve left out to go shopping past 5pm. The last time I went shopping late was with my mother during the 90’s. I tried doing it on my own but had panic attacks because of the crowds. My brother suggested that I should do what he does, which is shop early in the day to avoid crowds. Ever since he told me this shopping hint I’ve made it a point to shop as early.
Today, more than ever solidifies the fact that it’s best that I shop early. I had panic attacks galore at the mall. It seemed as though all the aisles in the shoe stores were lined with a million women who had crying babies or children running spastically around the store.
The ride home seemed no better. It seemed as though a million rowdy teenagers were gathered on mass waiting for the bus. I felt lucky and privileged to be able to get a seat on the bus crowded with loud teenagers.
In the end I bough three pairs of sandals . One was a black slide, the other a black and tan slide, and a pair of beige flip flops. I mistakenly thought the flip flops were on sale. That’s OK. The only that matters is that I made it out of the mall alive!!
Friday, June 10, 2005
lT’S OFFICIAL: I Love My iPod!
The only thing I know is that I feel great. It plays all my favorite songs all the time! Yep, I’m in a really good mood because I’m hearing music I love. I’m one of those musicphiles, so hearing the right song at the right time is very important to me. One day I’ll list my essential iPod songs as soon as I perfect the list. For now my must hear daily songs are:
Lollipop - The Chordettes
Rawhide - Frankie Laine
Everyday - Buddy Holly
Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills
Joy - Apollo 100 Featuring Tom Parker
Let’s Start The Dance Again II - Hamilton Bohannon
Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey
Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Georgie Girl-The Seekers
Native New Yorker - Odyssey
Tonya Gardner - Heartbeat
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies
Chewy, Chewy - 1410 Fruitgum Company
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Thursday, June 09, 2005
All the buses that I take to and from work on time.
CONCERN OF THE DAY: New MTA Bus Initiative
When I first heard her say all these things I thought it was the mere rantings of a crazy lady. However, she did not look unbalanced. In fact she looked like the type of person who one day should run for public office. When I got home I was so swayed by the conviction in her voice that I decided at the very least to peruse the internet to see if there were any proposed changes in store for the MTA. It turns out that almost all of what she was saying was true! The MTA will in fact be discontinuing some bus lines and merging others together.
However, I couldn’t find anything that said that buses would no longer run on downtown Baltimore Street. I suppose she threw that one in for shock value. You know so that any reasonable passenger would be up in arms and make it a point to go to one of the meetings.
The thought of no buses running on downtown Baltimore Street is sheer lunacy and would definitely make me want to go an MTA meeting and tell them that.
Baltimore Street is a very busy street. It contains the University of Maryland Medical Center and it’s corresponding University, the downtown light rail station, and is a throughway to MLK BLVD leading to Ravens Stadium and Oriole Park, and Lexington Market. Shutting down public transportation on Baltimore Street would be a major, major, major, big time disaster.
Even though to the best of my knowledge buses will still run on Baltimore Street I will make it a point to go to one of the meetings and make my voice heard. Or at least listen to people make their voices heard....
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Last night for the first time ever I recharged my iPod. However, upon recharging it I had no idea that since I had deleted my iTunes library to free up space on my hard drive that it would blank out all the music stored on the iPod.
I had no idea that the iTunes library and the iPod are synched together eg if the library is blank so will be the iPod when recharging. It took me several hours to rebuild the library from my cd’s and downloaded music from the iTunes Store.
In the end I barely got any sleep last night. I think I just got an hour’s worth of sleep. Ordinarily I would have been zonked out and fighting to stay awake at work. However, having the iPod made it great. I was listening to my favourite music. I didn’t have to search around the radio dial to find upbeat music to keep me awake and energized. The upbeat stuff was already on my iPod.
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
I again got on the #20 bus. I wonder what became of the #1 and #2 buses?
CONCERN OF THE DAY: iPod Power
I have to say that I’m really enjoying the iPod Shuffle! It’s playing all my favourite songs! I was extremely happy at work so happy that I did not feel compelled to write down the amount of times a co-worker applied lotion to herself.
Since the walls to our cubicules are almost non-existent I’ve noticed habits of co-workers that I wasn’t previously aware of. However, with the iPod on I was too cheery to notice the amount of times a particular co-worker nervously applied lotion to her hands and face. Previous record by the way is seven times in one day. If the cubicle walls were higher I wouldn’t have noticed and felt compelled to count. I wish we had taller cubicle walls. I hate noticing little things that are not related to my job description.
The only downside today was that at the end of the day I ran out of power so now for the first time ever I have to recharge my iPod.
Monday, June 06, 2005
This morning I got on the #20 bus. This is a very rare occurance. I wonder if the #2 and #1 buses are now on a different schedule? It’s spring so I suppose it’s possible that they have switched schedules.
Take Your iPod To Work Day
The only bit of trouble I had was that one of the songs I downloaded off of my White Stripes cd started to play louder than the rest of the various songs I downloaded. Mellissa, who had just come in came over and told me that my radio was playing too loud. None of the other people who sat by me said anything which made me wonder was I annoying them and they were too afraid to say something to me...... Ahhh, who cares! All I know is that for the first time ever, I’m actually first at getting something. I wonder if any other co-workers will be getting iPods in the future? Who knows maybe by owning one I have made it passe and unhip? I wonder if anyone has even noticed that I have an iPod? Not that by owning one I feel that I will instantly gain friends, a hot boyfriend, a higher pay check, and keys to the executive wash room....
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Sunday, June 05, 2005
This evening I began the Gilbert and Sullivan film festival sponsored by Netflix. A couple of weeks ago I finished up watching all the movies they had available about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The last King Arthur movie I viewed was Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which had Sean Connery in it. Connery was obviously in the movie to pay the bills. The special effects in the movie were bargain basement level.
The movie was one of those cheesy 80’s things produced by Yorum Globus and Menahem Golan. Globus and Golan were also responsible for those brilliantly violent Death Wish movies that starred Charles Bronson. I wonder what ever happened to those two schlock meisters Globus and Golan? They really knew how to do bargain basement action and adventure.
Saturday, June 04, 2005
Yesterday despite the rain, after work I went out to Best Buy on York Road and bought an iPod Shuffle! Oh, Happy Day!!! The main selling point on it for me was that the battery is rechargeable. The Sandisk AAA battery is not rechargeable. The only sad part about the rechargeable battery is that when it wears out in about a years time I can only go to Best Buy to replace and install it. In total with warranty added it cost me just $114. I still can’t believe it. I’ve become trendy!!
Oh, Oh, before I forget..... Today, I went to the Creative Alliance to drop off my artwork for the annual members only show, eg The Big Show. Jed Dodds was there and he actually seemed pleasant and personable.
The picture I dropped off at the Creative Alliance is called This Must Be The Spot. I did it in the fall of last year. I think I posted somewhere on this site. At the time it didn’t have a name. There’s this woman sitting on a bench with a suitcase to the side of her and a big sign with a giant red X on it.
Also today was the very first time that I wore my iPod in public. Throughout the time I had it on at the bustop and bus I was afraid that it might get stolen. Which I now know is ridiculous. Not many people see white earphones and go, “Hey, there’s one of them there iPod’s! Let’s snatch it!” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I went and came from the Creative Alliance unharmed, iPod still intact.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Thursday, June 02, 2005
CONCERN OF THE DAY: Is Josh Speigel Real?
Then again I find myself thinking no way can he be that sheltered and out of it. The guy went to college in New York City. He had a previous radio gig in Colorado. It’s got to be an act. Besides no one in the real world talks like Josh does. The guy sounds like a cartoon super hero.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Josh! I think he’s brilliant! Josh is the one person I feel that can adequately fill the shoes of Lopez on 98 Rock’s Morning Show. However, I feel that due to contractional obligations he will not be able to audition or even work for 98 Rock for months to come.
So I’m left at were I began is Josh’s on air personality real or fake?
WHAT I’M WEARING:
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
CONCERN OF THE DAY:That Well Meaning Nazi Like Group
The group in it’s name implies that it wants to wipe autistics like myself off the face of the planet. What do they think they will achieve with genetic testing if not the abortion/elimination of millions of autistics around the world.
Yes, I know that the group was founded by well meaning teary eyed parents. The type who I imagine look at their autistic child every day and say to any one who will listen, “I want my real child back!!”, as though the child they have in front of them is fake. I myself can not imagine the amount of psychological damage this type of parental mindset might have on an autistic child.
I’m not saying that I’m against helping autistic people like myself. It’s just the erroneous thought that the group has that a neurological disorder can be cured, especially one that is genetic in nature. The only way you can cure a genetic disorder is to eliminate it via genetic testing. How else do you think that the numbers for genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome have dramatically gone down through the years? Parents went in for genetic testing found out they were having a Down’s Syndrome baby and aborted it.
Also I object to their agenda that autism is something that needs to be cured, eg. eliminated. It’s Nazi like and does not consider the thoughts of adults on the autism spectrum. I’m sure that they feel that adult autistics do not exist are not viable citizens. After all to them and society at large autism is soley a childhood disorder.
The group seems to view all autistics as defective and in need of a cure. I suppose all those teary eyed parents over at Cure Autism Now have never once considered that there agenda if it were retro active, would lead to the elimination of such noted autistics as: Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates, Andy Kauffman, Temple Grandin, and Steven Spielberg, among others.
As an autistic adult I do not want to be cured, I want to be accepted as is. Neurological diversity should be celebrated not eliminated!!!
Below I found a couple of pertinent links, many of these were written by fellow adults on the autism spectrum: