I’m a 46 year old neurotypical dad with a 13 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-). For the full Autism Daddy experience like my Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/AutismDaddy
Anyone remember back in late 2008/ early 2009 when everyone
on Facebook was writing their "25 THINGS" lists?
These were lists of 25 random things, facts, habits, or
goals about you.You tagged a bunch of
friends, they read it, and then they wrote their own.
Well anyway, I stumbled across mine today and thought y'all
might be interested in reading my top 18...
Here goes in no particular order...
1) I am not your typical guy. I am not handy or mechanically
inclined at all & it doesn’t really bother me in the least. Also I would
much rather sit & watch tv then mow the lawn & I don’t care if I have
the worst lawn on the block. What kind of man am I?
2) I love listening to Howard Stern on the way to & from
work and the thought of him retiring in a few years gets me depressed. However,
I don’t have satellite radio. I download Howard illegally thru bittorrnet into
3) I have a mental block sometimes that prevents me from
getting simple things done like paying the water bill or changing the lightbulb
in the basement. That mental block will be a recurring theme here
4) Some friends & I got in trouble in the 4th grade for
re-enacting the attempted assassination of President Reagan in the school yard
during recess. I was the ringleader who brought in the toy machine gun.
5) I am the only person in my family that doesn’t speak
Italian. Growing up my parents spoke it when they didn’t want us to know what
they were saying. My sister wanted to figure it out, I didn’t care. She speaks
it fluently. I took it for 3 years in HS and barely passed the Regents exam
& lost it all the next day. This also has to do with the mental block
referred to at #3, I just don’t have a knack for learning foreign languages.
6) My dad has Parkinson’s disease and his dad had it too. I
am often fearful that it’s coming my way. It is hereditary and there’s
literally nothing I can do to improve my chances.
7) I am hopelessly addicted to television & am proud to
own the 1st generation TIVO. My wife bought it for me for Christmas in 1999 and
we haven’t watched a live program or a commercial since.
8) I picked up running in 2002 when my Dr. told me my
cholesterol was 293 and he wanted to put me on medication. Now 9 years & 14
marathons later my cholesterol is still high, but I am hooked on running. I
have a lofty goal of running a marathon in every state. I have 8 states down
& 42 to go!!
9) I met my future wife in sophomore year of HS. We became
friends and we hung in the same circle for years, but never dated. She was too
cool for me. Until one day, years later, after college, at a bar, after a lot
of drinks, she asked me out. The rest was history. Love ya baby :-)
10) I missed my first ever college exam freshman year
because I did shots of Yukon Jack the nite before and slept thru the class.
That was the last time I ever drank Yukon Jack, but not the last time I slept
thru a class :-)
11) I was in the drama club in grade school (Tin Man in
Wizard of Oz & the Prince in Cinderella :-), I was in the drams club in HS
(too many plays to mention here), but I chickened out on my drama audition in
college... something I regret to this day.
12) When I was a teenager I could recite verbatim all the
lines to The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, History of the World
Part 1, The Shining, among many others. Can you tell I was a child of the 80's?
The one I knew the best though was Return of the Jedi including the lines by
Jabba the Hut :-)
13) I once thought about being a stand-up comic. After
college I even attended a free lesson at Caroline’s Comedy Club in NYC, but I
chickened out when I saw how awful & embarrassing the other beginners were.
Something else I regret
14) I am very lazy and messy. I can also be quite the
procrastinator. However, I do my best work at the 11th hour when my back is
against the wall. I was the king of the all-nighters in college & it’s
spilled over into my career. I am currently reading a book called “A Perfect
Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder” which is making me feel better about
15) In my life I have fractured my ankle, I’ve broken my
thumb, I’ve had third degree burns on my hand, and I’ve had 4 stitches in my
neck. Each of these incidents will be detailed further in my next list of 25.
So far, however, I have never spent a nite in a hospital bed (knock on wood).
16) I graduated college in 1992 & haven’t taken a class
or a course since, but every once in a while, on a Sunday nite I’ll get that
familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach that I have a paper due on Monday and
I haven’t started it. This gels nicely with my procrastination in # 15
17) I am not athletically inclined. So when I was a kid I
didn’t want to play baseball, I wanted to be a NY Yankee announcer. I wanted to
be Phil Rizzuto. Holy Cow!
18) I am completely & utterly addicted to Facebook and
it may be affecting my marriage... gotta go kiss the wife... bye!