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06:11 am: Random thoughts
Why isn't French toast made with French bread?

What's the point of marriage if it is polygamous? Polygamy is an oxymoron.

Do anti-abortionists eat eggs? If so, I consider them hypocrites.

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From:pixiedust6
Date:November 1st, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)

Things that make you wonder

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Its nice to see that you have a sense of humour as much of your stuff seems so serious. After our exchange on political topics I did a little closer look into your profile and found myself becoming more curious. By the way, sorry about the PC party comment, old habits die hard I guess.

I see you are interested in curling. I have been curling since I was quite young in a program called "little rocks" in North Bay Ontario. Curling has always been a part of my life since my mom, dad and grandparents were also curlers. This year is one of the first times I am not regularly curling as I am travelling a lot for my work. I love the sport and became extremely competitive about it so perhaps the release this year will be a relief of sorts. Do you curl or just like to watch the sport? I am looking forward to the season of champions starting on television. Maybe this will make me yearn to be on the ice. Of course we're all the best of skips when we watch television.

I also noticed that you have Asperger Syndrome. My nephew has this and they didn't figure it out until he had an accident at school. They say that the trama of it is what really triggered it to come to the surface but of course he's always had it. More on that at a later date perhaps.

Check out my profile. Hopefully we'll talk again. Don't fret if I don't get back to you right away as I'm away from home quite a bit and I can go for a couple weeks before checking my home e-mail.

Election stuff is settling down now and I guess it will take at least a few months before they start talking about the next one. Have you been following the elections in the USA ? What's your thoughts on that?

Here's a though to leave you with. Why is the word abbreviation so long when it describes something so small? LOL


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From:dubhagan
Date:November 2nd, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)

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I too started curling in Little Rocks. Curling runs in my family too, on both sides. I haven't curled since I was 17. I was doing it competitively and no longer found it fun anymore. However, I've had the itch to get back into it... maybe next year, as there are other things I'm trying to take care of in my life first.

Yeah, Aspergers is hard to diagnose, though it is getting easier as it gets more understood. I didn't get diagnosed until I was 21 and in College, though my family had been searching for a proper diagnosis since I was 16.

I'm actually trying not to follow the US election as the Republicans and their neo-con and evangelical base piss me off too much. If I had been paying closer attention, my rants during the Canadian election would pale in comparison to my anti-Republican rants.
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From:pixiedust6
Date:November 6th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

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LOL - re the US election - yes I find it very disconcerting. Considering the outcome it will be interesting to see what happens in the middle east now considering his views. I'm an anti USA person anyways and I hate the way that their economy has such a profound affect on the rest of us not matter how well we are doing. Sigh... little a big bully. Be glad that you are not living there as I have friends in the USA and their medical system is THE worst with good healthcare only available for the well to do. We are such a kinder society.

Little Rocks - ah so you call it that in your neck of the woods too. I thought perhaps it was just a local thing. You should get back into the sport when you can as it would be great for your Asperger Syndrome and the social aspect. As I understand it social aspects are the hardest things to manage. Wow! 21 when diagnosed and you started having issues when you were 17? Thats a long time to be left in limbo. I think it depends how much exposure the doctors around you have had to the condition. My nephew was lucky that he had a doctor who had a recent patient diagnosed so he was well versed in the subject. Did you have some sort of trauma at that age that triggered sudden severe symptoms. That was the case with my nephew although he was years younger than you. As I understand it though it shows up more in the mid teens years anyways. My nephew has visible anxiety in social situations although he is extremely intelligent. He is what they call very high functioning. They had him on medication to handle the stress for a while and it seemed to help but now he tries to manage it with regular visits to the psychologist and that seems to do him quite a bit of good. It gives him some vehicles to manage the stress when it happens. He is a sweet child really but because of the condition he does have some odd reactions to things which can throw you but otherwise he is wonderful. As when he was younger he enjoys physical displays of affection that would normally have worn off at his age. You can't help but just love him. I'm also blown over at his ability to retain information as he has an amazing photographic memory. What seems to be the hardest things to deal with for you?

I really should go as I'm busier than heck but keep in touch. Watch some of the curling on television and we can chat. Armchair skips - the best!
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From:dubhagan
Date:November 6th, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)

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Actually, no event triggered my Aspergers. It's something I've had all my life, it's just that I'm so high-functioning that it was hard to pin point, not to mention that it didn't get properly defined until 1994, the year I turned 14. When I was 16, my dad started dating a new woman who is now my step-mom (my second step-mom at that) who herself was diagnosed with Agoraphobia, and has experience dealing with troubled teens in Mississauga, so she noticed that I wasn't "typical". My parents knew there was something due to some testing I had when I was 12, but didn't really go much beyond that.

I too am on medication (Prozac) to deal with stress. The way you described your nephew describes Aspergers to a tee, and those are the same problems I have, though I've been able to modify my behaviour so it's not that obvious that I have it. If you were to meet me in person for the first time without knowing I had it you wouldn't realize that I have it, but would notice it the more you got to know me. That's mostly due to me being an observant person and being able to notice what I should and shouldn't do, plus I was associated with a place for people on the Autism Spectrum called Woodview Manor in Hamilton, where I was able to observe my characteristics through the other members, allowing myself to make those self-adjustments. However, if you knew me as a kid or teen, my Aspergers was much more obvious.
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From:dubhagan
Date:November 6th, 2008 09:32 am (UTC)

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My neck of the woods? According to your profile you went to high school in Ancaster, which isn't that far from Burlington. Besides, I think it's called that throughout Ontario, if not all of Canada.
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