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So tonight I went to the opening celebration party for the Joey Travolta/Marblejam Kids film camp. (Joey produced a documentary I was in years ago, called Normal People Scare Me. He runs a film camp for kids on the autism spectrum here in NJ every summer.) Who should I meet at the party tonight but Barry Pearl, a.k.a., Doody (one of the T-Birds) from the movie Grease! (He and Joey are friends, and Barry is a teacher at the camp this year.) I can’t believe I met a T-Bird! Hahah.

So tonight I went to the opening celebration party for the Joey Travolta/Marblejam Kids film camp. (Joey produced a documentary I was in years ago, called Normal People Scare Me. He runs a film camp for kids on the autism spectrum here in NJ every summer.) Who should I meet at the party tonight but Barry Pearl, a.k.a., Doody (one of the T-Birds) from the movie Grease! (He and Joey are friends, and Barry is a teacher at the camp this year.) I can’t believe I met a T-Bird! Hahah.

Why am I not Anne Hathaway? Can I please, please be Anne Hathaway?

Why am I not Anne Hathaway? Can I please, please be Anne Hathaway?

ingravinoveritas:

So last night, Micky retweeted a tweet I made about the B.B. Kings show:

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…And then this morning I woke up to several IMs on my phone telling me that Nez shared one of the posts on the Naked Persimmon FB on his Timeline.

I don’t know if there’s some weird mojo going on with the universe and planetary alignments or what, but…damn. Haha.

Addendum: Since Nez shared the NP FB post, we’ve gotten at least 20 new “likes”, and I sincerely doubt any of these people know what it is they’re in for. Haha. May be time to post the ol’ Disclaimer status again…

So last night, Micky retweeted a tweet I made about the B.B. Kings show:

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…And then this morning I woke up to several IMs on my phone telling me that Nez shared one of the posts on the Naked Persimmon FB on his Timeline.

I don’t know if there’s some weird mojo going on with the universe and planetary alignments or what, but…damn. Haha.

Got to see Micky in concert tonight at B.B. Kings in NYC, and he was fabulous (as usual). His voice is amazing, and I don’t think I can ever get tired of hearing him sing because of the quality he brings to all those great songs. Plus, getting to hear Coco (both by herself and duetting with Micky) is always a special treat. Also got to catch up with lots of good folks and spend time with my wonderful friends, which is never a bad thing. Good times, good times…

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I think you’re exactly right about the radio bit. It didn’t fit how she wanted it which is a shame since I’m sure you have her gold!

I mean, I’ll be honest and say that I can’t really remember most of what I said in the interview (it was several months ago, after all). But I spoke to the other interviewee that I mentioned and she said she remembered my saying lots of insightful and interesting stuff, and being very articulate and well-spoken overall. So my feelings in regard to not being included range from disbelief to dismay to this feeling that I’ve often gotten when certain squabbles arise in the autism community, which is that, by some people’s standards, I’m just not “autistic” enough. Which is sad and ridiculous on a whole bunch of other levels, but…yeah…

This day can go right ahead and fuck itself.

I got an email the other day from this grad student at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. A few months ago, she recorded a conversation with me and two other women on the autism spectrum for this radio interview that she was doing for her thesis. (A woman we all knew from the JCC in Manhattan had reached out to us and asked if we wanted to be part of this student’s thesis, and she set up the meeting.) The e-mail that I recently received was from the student informing me that she’d submitted her project to her professor, and that while the other two interviewees’ audio was used in the finished interview, NONE of what I had said was used (and mind you, we all talked for hours, to the point where the student ran out of tape on her recorder).

She explained that my interview not being used was mainly due to time constraints, but I find it a bit difficult to swallow, given that the other two women had parts of their interviews used (and sadly, used out of context in several cases). Having listened to the finished product (she sent me a link), I think the reason my portion was unused was that she was trying to illustrate autism/Asperger’s Syndrome a certain way, and I didn’t “fit” that stereotype.

On top of that, this whole thing with the 30 Under 30 Campaign is bugging me. I know one of the other finalists (the guy in 1st place), and while I do consider him a friend, I feel like the campaign has become a popularity contest—that he’s in first place and poised to win solely because he has the widest social media reach. He’s younger than I am, too, so he still has the chance to be picked for the campaign again, but I don’t (because I’m now over 30). I’ve just been working so hard for so many years—which is not to say that he hasn’t worked hard, but that I really, really want this and feel like I am very much deserving of it, and it irks me that it’s looking like it won’t happen.

So the issue contained in both of these is the same: Not receiving recognition for things that I have put my heart into, and the frustration/sadness that I feel as a result. I know I should focus instead on the good things that have happened lately, but I can’t get either of these out of my head and it sucks…

ingravinoveritas:

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Hello, folks! Very exciting news: I have been selected as a Finalist in The 30 Under 30 Campaign for young professionals on the autism spectrum! The winner of the campaign will receive a business scholarship, but the only way that will happen is if you guys VOTE for me! Voting is open for a 1-month period, so I need you guys to share this as far and wide as possible to help me win!

TO VOTE: » Just go to this link http://bit.ly/VoteForAmyG and scroll down to where you see my name/picture, then click the word VOTE next to it.

Thanks so much everyone, and I hope you will vote and pass this along!

UPDATE: The results of voting thus far have been posted, and I am currently in SECOND place with 268 votes! If you haven’t already, please do consider voting for me, and definitely REBLOG this and encourage other folks to vote. Voting is open until August 14th, so don’t delay—vote today! Thanks, everyone!

I love the blooper reels from The X-Files so much because the show is so super serious/spooky/dramatic, and then you watch the outtakes and it’s all Gillian Anderson swearing like a sailor, David Duchovny humping everyone in sight, and the entire cast/crew nonstop cracking up laughing.

So, I presented my workshop on autism and sexuality on Friday morning at the Autism Society conference. It was me and two clinicians, as the Autism Society had asked us to present together (because they had also submitted a proposal for a presentation on sexuality). Well, much to my astonishment, our workshop was extremely well-attended, and was in fact full to the point of standing room only. Also, at each workshop, attendees were given evaluation forms to fill out, and we had a chance to look at these sheets before an Autism Society staff member collected them…and every single comment about my part of the presentation was positive. To say that I am happy about this is a tremendous understatement. I’m beyond thrilled that everyone enjoyed it and I definitely want to keep presenting about autism and sexuality at lots more conferences and other events. Yay!!