Flap like a Chicken

It has been a little bit of an odd week here in DC-land. Some plusses but just all around odd. At this point even the positives worry me since he began having seizures. Right before both he was hyper-aware and oddly communicative. I just haven’t relaxed enough yet to take the positives as totally positive. So, I worry.

On the plus side, he tried and ATE zucchini! TWICE! – That is MAJOR!

Most of the “oddness” we’ve encountered this week are not out of the ordinary things they just seem to be elevated.

I know I’ve written previously that DC does not cry – never has. When he hurts himself or is upset, he will yell or scream, but he never cries. Even as a baby his crying was more like screaming and he really never had tears. To this day, it is very rare for him to have tears. When he does, it is usually due to allergies and still even with allergies, tears are rare. He will at times use water to make tears so he can look at himself in the mirror and see “tears”.

He started taking seizure medication back in August with really no adverse side effects except for one day about 3 weeks in, he was watching a YouTube video and just started bawling, uncontrollably complete with tears and “ugly cry face”. This went on for a good hour. When I asked him what was making him sad, he said it was the Barney song.

(If anyone should be crying over the Barney song, it should be me. I have had to listen to that song for 24 years now. He’s been watching that show since before it hit PBS, back in the days when Barney was dark purple (and a little scary looking, if you ask me) and Sandy Duncan played Michael’s mother. Yes, I am still looking for that Barney support group.) 

I chalked the crying up to the meds and I did inform his neurologist. It never happened again, until this week, when three times he went into the same over the top crying, like “overly emotional” me crying over a Hallmark commercial.

Each time he said it was because of the Barney song. The last time he did also say that he missed his Aunt Kim, who he is going to visit tomorrow. Now I have to wonder if it is/was a side effect from the meds why did it happen 5 moths ago and not again until this week?

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Mrs. H reported that on Friday, he came home from work out-of-sorts which seemed to stem from his immediate need to change his shirt. He couldn’t wait. Now clothing issues are ongoing here, but as annoying shirts go, this one really shouldn’t have caused him that much anxiety. Years ago, yes – but really not so much anymore. It was just a plain black shirt, no buttons, no pockets, no collar, no tags – pretty much, a long sleeved t-shirt, but it had to come off… immediately.

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Today DC and I went to meet my mother for lunch. We were going to an Italian restaurant that we have been to a few times before. DC always has a hard time finding anything to eat there. They do not have even one item on “DC’s Restaurant Triad” – Burgers, Wings or Pizza, so I have to plan ahead when we go there. I have to remind him more than once and check the menu on-line after which he chooses mozzarella carrozza (but we must call them mozzarella sticks, even though they are triangles) and garlic bread also with mozzarella – always.

At the restaurant; his order placed, he heard me order grilled chicken and insisted on having grilled chicken as well! Now, this ‘boy’ loves chicken. He eats chicken just about every day, but it has to have bones. “Chicken with bones and sprinkles” (Mrs. Dash) or wings or tenders (tenders are not required to have a bone). He never wants chicken without the bone unless they are tenders. This…. another MAJOR plus in my book – a fourth menu option!

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The minus… He got very anxious at lunch, which is not really all that uncommon. He said he needed to “flap his wings”. The restaurant was not busy and there was no threat of him hitting anyone with his flapping so I said it was fine but to try to keep the ‘clucking’ at low volume. He did, but I could see that it wasn’t working for him. I asked if he wanted to go outside for a bit. First he said no, but then he decided he would since he was done with his appetizer and the rest of our food had not arrived yet. Normally, he would think he was being punished if I asked him to go outside – I always tell him that this is not the case but that is what he thinks, so I was surprised that he agreed.

There we stood, on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant clucking and flapping. The clucking was even more intense than usual. The only way I can describe it would be that it looked like his head was motorized. I do not know how he was doing it. I have never seen such extreme clucking. We stood outside for a good long while until he decided he was ready to go back inside. We were not inside for very long before he decided he needed to go out again. More flapping more intense clucking. Eventually he calmed down and I could see a bit of a smile on his face so I knew this would probably be our last trip outside. We went back in and he was fine for the remainder of our time there.

He had a hard time; the minus –  but really the plus side is that he agreed to go outside and he decided for himself that he needed to go back outside the second time.

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I know that these incidents may not seem like a big deal to many of you. Years ago, all of the above would have been much worse but we are over a lot of that now or I should say that it all comes in lesser degrees now, so all of it combined plus the continuous repeating of random words as if the needle is stuck on a record and the out of control over the top laughing is making me nervous that he is gearing up for something.

He will be going to visit his aunt tomorrow. This will be the first time (other than when he is at his job, with “trained professionals”) that he has been anywhere without me, Mrs. H or Doug since his seizures started (our world has gotten much smaller) and given his odd behavior this week, his poor aunt will have to listen to pages of instructions tomorrow when she picks him up. Fortunately, she is used to me.

Over the years as I gave my lists of instructions to his Dad (I’ve always had many instructions even before the seizures), more than once he’s asked, “You think I am stupid, don’t you?” ……………………………………..

 

To the many other people who have had to listen to my barrage of instructions, I will say, No, I don’t think you are stupid. Yes, I know that you probably know all of this. On the slim chance that there might be one little thing that you do not know, I am going to say it. I will not feel better unless I say it out loud even though I am sure you probably already know it.

He is excited to go to his aunt’s tomorrow and I am sure he will be fine. I have every confidence that she is ready for my list and that there may be a quiz ūüôā –

Just kidding, no quiz…. maybe just on oral exam…

Yes, I am very fortunate that she has had many years to get used to me and is able to put up with me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Walk Slowly

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We’ve had some “weather” over the past week or so. Ice and snow¬†are not on the list¬†of DC’s favorite things. Usually I have to walk him out to his transportation if there is even a patch of snow or ice on the sidewalk –¬†and believe me, he¬†does not have a¬†problem taking me down with him (or instead of him) if he falls or even just slips a little bit.¬† It is¬†drama all of the way. Watching him walk down the sidewalk the other day (it was clear enough¬†to “do it all by myself”),¬†reminded me of the following post from¬†right around this time two years ago.

So, from January 2014, we have…..

Literally Speaking

Raining Cats and Dogs

Raining Cats and Dogs

Twelve years ago, I wrote this:

“You can NEVER be too specific:

¬†While learning ‚Äúgrocery shopping‚ÄĚ in the classroom; his plastic cart full of plastic food… he was told that it was time to “put everything on the counter to pay” ‚Äď Instead of taking the food out of the cart, he lifted the entire cart onto the counter!”

And

“When you tell your child to pull his sweat pants down over his socks and he proceeds to PULL HIS PANTS DOWN from the waist to his ankles – You know you were not specific enough with your request.”

And a few years later, this:

My son loves to write little ‚Äústories‚ÄĚ (he thinks they are stories, but they are usually just one line).

I had been home from work for a few days with the “Flu”.¬† It really didn‚Äôt occur to me that he had no idea what the “Flu” was and I wondered why he would laugh each time I mentioned it. He decided he would write one of his one-line ‚Äústories‚ÄĚ for me to make me feel better ‚Ķ‚Ķ

‚ÄúMom was so high”

It took me a few minutes‚Ķ‚Ķ but then I realized he thought I ‚ÄúFlew‚ÄĚ

  • Then there was the time I said ‚ÄúNow listen closely‚ÄĚ and he stuck his face one inch from mine‚Ķ..
  • ¬†He laughed for about a week after I told him it was time to ‚Äúhit the road‚ÄĚ.
  • ¬†Or.. after the third round of kids whacked the pi√Īata at his camp Halloween party, the Director said ‚ÄúOkay, DC, lets‚Äô see you to tear it up‚ÄĚ ‚Äď he yanked it down and ripped it apart with his hands.

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There are so many other examples, but these few really stick in my head.

Needless to say, like many people with autism, DC takes everything literally.  Over the years, I have gotten much better at recognizing when something is said or read that taken literally will not make much sense to him. I always try to stop and explain what it means in that context, whether he asks or not.

He has made a great deal of progress in¬†that area¬†as well. He knows that the ‚Äúflu‚ÄĚ does not mean ‚Äúflying‚ÄĚ. He gets that ‚Äúhit the road‚ÄĚ means we have to get going. But he knows these things because they were explained to him, he is not able just figure it out himself ‚Äď how could he?

Knowing this about my son, I suppose, when I told him to ‚Äúwalk slowly‚ÄĚ on the sidewalk just in case there was ice (there wasn‚Äôt), I should have expected this:

and still more Short Stories

Below are some¬†‚Äúshort stories‚ÄĚ (statuses)¬†that have been posted on my own and my public Facebook pages ‚Äď too short to qualify¬†as a blog post, although many have turned out to be the inspiration for an official¬†blog¬†post. You may have seen a few of these before, probably not all though. Some are recent, others are old “Facebook Memories” (love that!).

This is one of those posts that I put together and save to post later when we are away or when I am really busy and really don‚Äôt have the time to write. Like the ‚ÄúBlog Title Series‚ÄĚ (Series? Yes, there‚Äôs more), they are very often off topic or ‚Äúfluff‚ÄĚ. I like fluff, sometimes fluff is fun.¬†

DC taking a bow at Best Buddies Karaoke today. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Anyone shocked at that selection? Thanks for the picture, Steve!

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DC’s been dancing and singing since 7am “I like to be in ‘Mary – Ka’ “. He’s ready for West Side Story today!

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It’s a Cinderella Halloween Wedding! “Do you take this man to be your Wedding Wedding husband?”

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Good Morning and Happy Halloween! (Song from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”)

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He came back with Bread and only Bread.

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The DR also loves wings (Giving up the “fish fingers and custard” for the evening)

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It is now time for us to stand uncomfortably around the staff room for the third cake of the week.

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Official review is in: DC is giving #peterpanlive a “two eyes closed” and that means I can be done with this!

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(He did totally love it on DVD without the commercials)

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I have completely lost my voice. As much as I am sure that many people are happy about this – DC, on the other hand has been pretty freaked out.

He’s “very nervous about this”

I cant hear you

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“Mom! I am so exciting for Friday is Christmas Eve!”

(I gave up explaining that Christmas Eve is Thursday, early on – I think he really means “Christmas” anyway)

Me: Yes you are!

“Work on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday! No work ‘Firsday’ and Friday, Please!”

Me: No, no work Thursday and Friday, don’t worry.

“Please!”

Me: No, no work – don’t worry.

(30 seconds later)

“Mom! I am so exciting for Friday is Christmas Eve!”

Me: Okay.

“Work on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday! No work ‘Firsday’ and Friday, Please!”

Me: No, no work Thursday and Friday, don’t worry.

“Please!”

Me: no, I told you, no work.

(Repeat 700 times)

How was your day?

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Too many things needed to be charged tonight so I unplugged the lamp in the living room downstairs where no one is or will be until morning (one of three lamps) – This is what is keeping him awake tonight. “The Lamp- Unplugged”
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“Vickie, I got the most “skata-brand*” idea!” ~ Hayley Mills ~ The Trouble with Angels~ (and no, I still have not been informed of what that idea might be) …

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So DC had “Secret Breakfast” this morning, but he asked for it with BACON. I voted “no” on that one because “That would be ‘dis-dust-ing’ “

“stars beginning to fade……”

The passing of David Bowie hit me hard, it did. The passing of Glenn Frey hit me even harder. Is it because we are losing so many of the icons I grew up with and unconsciously my own mortality is now not only slapping me but slugging me in the face? Is it because I have been a fan of the Eagles since high school and the death of Glenn Frey really means the end of the Eagles forever? Maybe it is little bit of both. Whatever way you look at it, I am sad. Sad, as if I knew him personally.

Steve, one of my best friends in high school gave me my first Eagles album for my 16th birthday. I still remember finding “The Eagles Greatest Hits” album¬† on my chair in biology class. Since then, I have always owned a version of that album (Vinyl, 8-Track, Cassette, CD and now downloaded on my iPhone) – of course I have added to that collection with many of their other albums since, but I will always remember receiving my first.

I had the opportunity to bring DC and his friend BB to see the Eagles in July. I had not been to a large venue concert in quite some time and we were in the “oxygen necessary” section,¬†but it really did¬†not matter. They were great. I am so glad that we opted to go!

Did/does DC know he was in the presence of legends? No. Did he/does he understand that I grew up with their music? Not really. Still I am happy that I had the chance to share that with him and BB.

Below is the post that I wrote after attending the concert but first, please give a listen to the two songs that coincidently I have been listening to obsessively over the past two weeks:

“Well, my time went so quickly, I went lickety-splitly
Out to my ol’ fifty-five.
As I pulled away slowly feelin’ so holy
God knows I was feelin’ alive.”

“And the storybook comes to a close…… Gone are the ribbons and bows. Things to remember, places to go”

From July 2015 – Take it Easy

 

Take it easy
birdwatching DC’s best friend, BB is a big oldies fan and has been¬†from the time he was very young –¬†Elvis¬†being¬†THE ultimate favorite. I once asked his mother where this came from,¬†he was¬†definitely too young at the time to really know who Elvis was. She had no idea. His love for Elvis led him to the Beatles and oldies in general. He listens to the oldies station and the DJ’s, before the station changed format,¬†would always take a phone call from BB.

DC is always open to do anything BB likes Рthey do have quite a lot in common to begin with, namely their love of musicals, but DC never really had much of an interest in concerts, other than the Wiggles (kill me now).

He has been to plenty though. Most were outdoors where we were free to move about.

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BB’s love of the oldies opens up another door for DC, away from the realm of¬†Disney. If BB wants to go, DC is open to it and will¬†almost always end up having¬†a good time. I am always on the lookout for oldies concerts. DC and BB have been to quite a few Beatles cover band concerts, one with an Elvis impersonator as the opening act. I never have to try to “relate” these concerts to anything¬†for DC –¬†BB likes it¬†so¬†that is good enough for¬†him. Of course Elvis was easily relatable to Lilo and Stitch, but that was just a bonus. We’ve been to¬†a “Happy Together” concert and even Chicago. BB of course loved all of them¬†and DC really did enjoy himself too, even though he really did not know any of the music.

When my brother offered me Eagles tickets back in March for my birthday, BB was my first thought. Keeping it a secret from him for 3 months was not an easy task for BB’s mother. Much like DC, we can not¬†tell BB about these events too far ahead of time. One of the last times we were planning on taking BB with us somewhere¬†– he went snooping¬†found it written in his mom’s calendar. He always seems to find out ahead of time –¬†a true detective indeed.¬†This time I told her to write it in as¬†“Bird Watching”¬†¬†(yes, I crack myself). That is exactly what she did…… ¬† bird ¬† We did actually manage to keep it a secret for possibly the first time ever!!!!!¬† When we came to pick him up, he still had no idea where he was going. Impressive!

And how did the boys do……………?

BB was certainly surprised and excited when he found out where he was going. He was a little bit overwhelmed by the crowds. I don’t think he was expecting quite that many people¬†– The¬†‘Beatles’, Chicago and Happy Together shows were all¬†at much smaller venues. At intermission while standing in the massive crowd, he asked me if this was what¬†‘the’ concert was like in 1971………. (sigh)…………..

I explained to him that I while I did not go to many concerts in 1971 because I was ELEVEN….. this is what a concert was like and is still like now. He had just never been to a large concert venue before. Because the Eagles were talking a lot about 1971 while going though their history, he had it in his head that all of these people attending were there as a reenactment of a 1971 concert. I don’t think he realized the amount of people who attend concerts in large venues.

DC found it necessary to nap during the “mellow”¬†first part of the show. He caught his second wind for the second half and I do believe they both had a very¬†good time –¬†crowds, naps, bird-watching¬†and all. IMG_0746

“The ‘boy’ who waited” …. and waited and waited

(Part 3 of our trip to Rhode Island Comic-Con)

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After a fantastic time on Friday night, we ventured back on Saturday, knowing full well that it would be much more crowded and we would not be able to do much more than the photo ops we still had scheduled. Before heading to the photo-op room, we took one more swing by the Supernatural and Walking Dead rooms, just to see if there was anyone there that hadn’t been there on Friday night. Sure enough – there was “Merle”! We got in line. Again, DC does not know who he is and again, he would be acting as my stand in. There were two women in front of us that asked me to take their photo with Merle (Michael Rooker) and of course I obliged. Knowing as we do how DC can not resist a camera, especially one in his mother’s hands; he jumped in the photo with the two women.¬†The more I tried to explain to him that he was next and he needed to move out of the ladies’ picture the more he held his ground and the bigger the smile became. I finally had to go over and take him by the arm away from the picture. Unfortunately it was not my camera or I would have certainly¬†taken a picture of DC photo bombing Michael Rooker, but alas… I only have the one that we took when it was DC’s turn.

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We were lucky that we were able to get one of our Saturday ops done on Friday night (Alex Kingston). That was helpful but we still had the scheduling conflict with Jim Beaver and Karen Gillian to contend with.

Jim Beaver was scheduled¬†for 12:45 ‚Äď 1:15 and the other was scheduled for 12:45 ‚Äď 1:30. We decided to get Jim Beaver done¬†first. Explaining the conflict to a volunteer¬†in order to¬†find out how early we could get in line for Jim Beaver, I took out my printed, bar coded ticket that clearly stated: “You must present this ticket with the Bar Code and e-mail address visible”¬†to double-check the time I had written on the ticket. She looked at it and told us we could probably get in line at about 12:30. We walked around¬†a bit and¬†went¬†back to get in line at the time she had given us. I gave¬†the same volunteer¬†my ticket¬†and¬†she said¬†‚ÄúOh no, we can‚Äôt take those paper tickets. You have to get in that line over there and trade them in for¬†cards.‚ÄĚ

We had used the paper ticket the night before for Alex Kingston with no problem and there was nothing posted or announced to inform people about trading in their paper tickets. We went and exchanged our paper tickets and got through the Jim Beaver photo-op (a longer story; already covered in Part 1) and moved right on to the Karen Gillian line.

The “line” outside the corralled line went all the way through the arena and¬†through all of the vendor booths. We had to keep checking that we were actually still in the line and not just stuck behind people at the vendor tables. I’m sure the vendors were just thrilled that the line was blocking their tables and customers from getting at their tables.

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There were no volunteers around checking to see that people were in the right line or to be sure that people waiting in line were aware of this paper ticket exchange. No one was overseeing any of this at all.

When one is in a line for such a long time, one begins to bond with the people in close proximity. There was a boy in front of us that looked to be about 15 years old. He was with a friend about the same age. We discussed The Walking Dead for quite some time. We discussed our “Glen’ theories (this was during the “Is Glen dead” or “Is Glen under the dumpster” weeks¬†of limbo). I told him that I thought that because they were carrying it on so long that we would find out finally that yes, Glen is alive and because we would all be so happy about that, they would kill him (or Maggie) off very shortly afterwards (that’s my theory and I am sticking to it).¬† Eventually he asked me about how much I paid for the photo-op ticket. I told him I really didn’t remember because I bought it so long ago on-line. He said, “I have 50.00 on me, that should be enough, right?”. This would be the first time my heart¬†broke in this line. I looked at him and said “Please don’t tell me you don’t have a ticket yet.”

He didn’t. He thought he would be able to buy one when he got to the front. He didn’t know that they had to be purchased before getting in the line. He had been in line with us at that point a good 45 minutes. I told him not to get out of line until we could find out for sure. We got the attention of a volunteer to see if he could¬†buy a ticket¬†at¬†the front of the¬†line. He couldn’t. I felt so bad for them! But again, there was no guidance at all. There were no signs, there was no one checking for tickets, there was no one to tell anyone exactly what they were supposed to do.

Somewhere around the hour mark, we made it to the corral and the actual line. This is where the confusion really¬†began. We just stopped moving. The photo-op was way over it’s 45 minute scheduled time. People were now really confused because no one was explaining why we stopped – were we now in line for the next person? Is Karen Gillian gone? While we were all standing there wondering why we stopped moving, we¬†noticed that there was a good number of people sitting up in the bleachers and they were now being directed down to the line. Those 50 or more people were actually ahead of us but there were so many people at the entrance to the corral, it was considered a fire hazard so they had to¬†move them out.

Seriously, what did they expect when they sold probably triple (maybe more) the photo ops that can be taken in a 45 minute session? There were too many people in line. There were people getting in line for whoever was supposed to have that room after Karen Gillian- no one is telling any one what to do. This had to cause scheduling conflicts not only for the attendees but for the celebrities that may have had to be at a panel, or at their tables, or for the people coming to the op rooms next.

We stood in this same spot for another 30 minutes. People were beginning to worry that she would leave before everyone in line made it inside. In front of us was a woman and her two daughters – the second group of people that we bonded¬†with in this line.¬†We talked for a long¬†while and when DC started yelling “I’m out of here!” over and over¬†again, the girls went out of their way to talk him down. We saw pictures of them in their Halloween costumes – all Dr. Who themed. DC enjoyed that. They were wonderful and I believe they were almost solely responsible for keeping him in line.

We finally started to move and made it into the corral. ¬†The corral moved quickly and it was the mother and the two little girls’ turn to go in. The mother showed the volunteer her electronic tickets¬†on her phone which earlier in the day she was told would be fine. But in true RI Comic-Con form¬†was told that THEY WERE NOT GOOD. THEY’D HAVE TO GO AND EXCHANGE THEIR TICKETS TOO!!!! An hour and a half in line and no one saw fit to announce this or check with the people in line about this change with the paper and apparently now the electronic tickets?

At this point, the little girl who was so excited to show me her Amy Pond – complete with suitcase and boots (she already had the red hair) –¬†Halloween picture, burst into tears and they left the line. I just stood there in shock! We were next and of course, me being me, could not keep my mouth shut. I screamed at the volunteer collecting tickets. “That girl just stood in this line for an hour and a half and you just made her cry! You can’t just change the ticket procedure and not tell people!” Then…. I noticed him holding a bunch of tickets cards (like we had to exchange our paper tickets for) AND he also had a handful of paper tickets!!!

“And WHY are you holding paper tickets? We were told they were not good and had to exchange them! Why are you taking paper tickets? Why wouldn’t you take the electronic tickets if you are taking the paper tickets that you aren’t supposed to be taking?!”

His reply……

Say it with me….. “I don’t know, I’m only a volunteer.”

There may or may not have been a few choice ‘words’¬†thrown in his¬†general direction.

We went inside. DC was DONE with this, but even though she was an hour and a half, I believe, over her scheduled time, Karen really did make an effort to chat quickly with him. He really was just too distracted and over it by this time and once again they made him take his glasses off, so that was fun.  I was distracted too about little Amy Pond crying and did not intervene as much as I would normally have to redirect him to get him back on track.

We took the picture and¬†left the room but we had to wait for the photo to come out. While Doug waited for the picture, I went on a¬†hunt to find this woman and if she wasn’t going to yell at people to get them¬†back in that line in front of everyone, I was going to yell at people for her.¬† I could not get over the sight of that poor kid bursting into tears.

I could not find them anywhere so DC and I went back to where we had left Doug waiting for the picture. It finally came out and DC seemed happy to see it even though he was not thrilled when he was having it taken. We decided that we had been there quite long enough for that day.

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We did have one more op scheduled with Scott Wilson but we already had a photo of him that we took at his table the night before so I¬†had Doug just¬†give it away. I know this was a colossal waste of money but I just couldn’t put DC though that again. He was done and so was I.

We did run into the woman and her girls on the way out and I was happy to hear that they were able to get back in line РIN the FRONT of the line and have their picture taken. I was glad to see her daughter smiling again.

DC ran into a few more princesses on the way out which put him in a much better mood.

And me?

I really still just wanted to find people to yell at.

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I do understand that waiting and lines are the norm. We have been to NY Comic-Con which is much¬†larger and of course we waited –¬†of course it was crowded and of course there were lines, but it was just so much¬†more¬†organized. There was no comparison.

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Next (and last) Рon a happier note, his favorite person of the Con.

 

 

 

 

“Hello Sweetie”

Part 2 of our recent trip to the Rhode Island Comic-Con….

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(from Part 1 – “Don’t You Cry No More” #Supernatural)

(I have a lot to say about our visit to the Rhode Island Comic-Con. Some good; some not so much. Everyone we met was very nice. Now I understand that they are supposed to be, but we all know that it isn’t always the case. There were a few people who were just extraordinarily wonderful to DC, so I want to be sure I mention all of them. Because I have so much to say about the entire event; Autism-related and not,  I have decided to split the story up into a few parts, by category rather than in order by the day) 

I will say again that I am so glad we went on Friday night just to get the lay of the land for Saturday. It was not crowded at all. We saw and did more that I ever imagined we would get to do – of course this also means that I spent so much more money than I had intended. But how could¬†one pass up all of these people just standing around waiting for the crowds that didn’t come until Saturday?

After leaving the “Supernatural (or the “Don’t You Cry No More”) room, thinking we would not¬†be so¬†lucky as to happen upon another room¬†with people just¬†standing around¬†waiting – we happened upon Scott Wilson.

We had a photo op scheduled with him on Saturday, but I wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. Now, DC has no idea who he is but he was going to be my stand-in for the scheduled photo op as I am just too fat to have my picture taken, so he¬†was delegated as my stand-in here as well.

DC really took a shine to him even though he didn’t know who he was. He was a nice man with grey hair and a beard¬†and that was good enough for him.¬†I took his picture with DC and then he insisted that I get in a shot (a photo that will never see the light of day). ¬†Also in the Walking Dead room was Seth Gilliam – DC does not know him either, but he was happy to have his picture taken (still standing in for Mom) – he is always happy to have his picture taken.

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Technically we were there to figure out where everything was in anticipation of the crowds on Saturday and we could already see that there was no information¬†readily available.¬†It was very important to DC that we find one particular person before the weekend was done.¬†¬†We asked THE only Volunteer that would prove to be helpful during this entire weekend.¬† He gave us directions to another area that we never would have found on our own (more about his favorite person in another installment). While walking around this area we came upon Alex Kingston’s table. This was the one and only table where we found a line that entire night. We did have a photo op scheduled for the following day, but we got in line anyway. This was one of the¬†very few¬†times that our VIP tickets came in handy¬†and¬†they whisked us to the front. At this point DC was so excited he¬†began squealing and stimming. She¬†and most of the people in line seemed to be getting a kick out of just how excited he was.¬†Fortunately there was a table between her and him¬†because¬†if there hadn’t been, he would have¬†headed straight for all of that hair. She signed his photo with “Hello, Sweetie”, which just sent him further over-the-top with his squealing. We left the table with DC¬†yelling and waving “Good-bye” to her and then of course a big “Good-bye everybody” complete with a bow, to the rest of the¬†people in line.

We walked around a little bit more. DC stopped quite a few random people in costume and insisted on having his picture taken with them. Most of the people he stopped were dressed as princesses and they all obliged.

I decided that we should try to find the photo op area so we would not spend Saturday searching. We did eventually find it. They were holding the photo ops in the arena – it was large enough but it was also full of vendors. We looked around at some of the vendor tables and noticed that the schedule on the wall (the only information available about anything was the current photo op¬†schedule and the panel schedules) was showing that Alex Kingston was in one of the photo op rooms right then. We had a ticket for the following day, but due to the many conflicts on Saturday, I thought it would make my life so much easier to be able to get at least one out of the way on Friday. It never hurts to ask, right? There was NO ONE in line, no one – really – that was just how dead it was there on Friday night. While DC was checking out an Anna (Frozen) doll at one of the vendor booths, Doug went over to ask. He came back with a “yes”.

As we walked over to the “booth”, I reminded DC not to touch her hair.

DC: “No touch the hair”

Me: What is the other rule?

DC: “Don’t pick up the people”

They took the paper ticket with no problem.

When he got inside the curtained area, he immediately began squealing.

Alex: Well, Hello Again!” (who would not remember this boy squealing at your table earlier that evening?)

DC: “Hello There!” (another bow)

Since there was no one else in line, there was time for a little bit of small talk between them. She also commented on his shirt, which made him extremely happy!

He was able to control himself enough to give her a hug without breaking her back, grabbing her hair or (Phew) picking her up!

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Needless to say, he was quite the happy guy when we left the venue on Friday night! He had such a great night all around there on Friday. It could not have been more perfect for him.

No crowds, no lines and River Song twice in one night. What could be better?

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There was one person that could and did make his night even more awesome….. More about that in another installment….