Autism lost yet another hero a week or so ago,
my Internet friend Randy he was in his late 80's. Randy and I met online via my Blog, and we chatted off and on for some years, but we never met in person. Randy was born and raised in America's Midwest and like many of us was in special education or at least tutored threw out school. He was odd and strange in grade school and was often tested and examined by psychologists all of whom thankfully never heard of "autism" yet. Autism at one time had to very severe before it was diagnosed. We were better off when it was just a strange genuis filled childhood rather than a designer condition. Like me, he was one of us in the smaller autism subsection with the off center hips thus he could not run or skip etc. Remember long before Autism was a designer epidemic most of us over came on our own even if it took us 30 years. Of Course Modern autism doesn't pay attention to anyone over 21 these days, and even then odds are they are probably in a group home. It seems we are bad for the egos of the "experts." He spent his life working loner type jobs off on his own and never really over came Autism until he was in his 30's.Then once he figured out his projection thoughts, is picture-in picture thoughts that translated to words he really started fitting in. Autism to this day doesn't have a clue to what it is we have figured out and how autism thoughts really work.
Ironically for a short time he worked at Temple Grandin's meat processing plant. (long before he heard the word Autism). Randy like most of us baffled almost everyone in the way of "experts" and teachers and even his parents. He was called everything from a Genius to lazy to just plain odd. As we talked over the years he told me of his picture thoughts and the milestone thoughts he had like the rest of us did. He told of his life experience, from visiting his first gay bars to driving. Like many of us he found a special Gay friend that was his Queer Eye for the Straight Guy specialist that connected us to real life. His family basically disowned him due to his Gayness and oddness so he drifted from town to town doing jobs he could do. He stayed in Lincoln Nebraska the longest it seems and was there 15 years.(?) He never owned a home but did own a camper van for a time and called it home. One of his gay friends left him a sum of money upon his death and he retired on that although he continued to just rent a room.
He read The Enigma by Andrew Hodges and like me (not our strong point) he could not figure Alan's math logic but he indeed seen the autism in Alan's life. From holding the pen too hard (pain tolerance) making for sloppy writing and holes in the paper to running marathons without walls to the special friends we had growing up and even the unknown splinter skill that we used to connect to life with, all were autism all figured out. At one time we had some chance of being figured out by the autism establishment, but after Rain Man's curse all hope of old working autism was blown to pieces.
Not only did it take us typically 30 years to overcome autism what we all figured out was beyond the scope of the professionals. What we figured out might well be the building blocks of the mind but until a "professional" ever figures them out, Mankind is out of the loop. Autism is so simple, so doable and so primitive in many respects that the Ph.D. types (Piled Higher and Deeper) will never admit to us even If they understood us as "Autism has never been in a text book before." , as I say.
Randy had figured out the "99 conversations"
people had and apparently become quite the conversationalist in later life. He like the rest of us could jump around and figure out what people were going to say before they said it. His wit and humor made him pretty popular in some circles. Honestly guy's humans on the whole are so predictable especially in their behavior and speech. I know that is not nice to mention that but you have never "seen how you are." Randy enjoyed his 4 trips to The Burning Man (party in the desert) he did. They were the highlight of his life. Burning Man is kind of a modern day "Woodstock" where anything goes. He could not afford to go every year but saved up in the years he didn't go. Randy loved the aspect of being nude for days on end and like the rest of us really hated clothes, they just didn't feel right and nylon uniforms were grounds for us to quit the job that required them. He probably didn't have much body hair that seems to really help us tolerate clothing. Funny he had the craving for salt, and some days took salt directly from the shaker. He had the "industrial dandruff" (probably a yeast secretion, according to old forgotten autism research) and the keen senses.
I'm not for sure but Randy was probably 86, He was an atheist (many of us are) and in a way could not wait to die to see what was next. He told me years ago he would perhaps try to tap into my picture thoughts if he could from the "next life." He puzzled many philosophers and often attended their meetings. He was like many of us and thought-if anyone's God he she or it was all that powerful they would have no trouble getting the message around the world instantly let alone in thousands of years, simple things like a mountain range would have never been an issue in religion development. Old working autism continues to produce and flourish as we now pass Mensa Tests in later life, Our inventions continue to puzzle the experts of the world as they laugh us out of their office.
Autism is a bigger problem than it ever had to be but we must live the Rain Man curse and (with tears in my eyes) watch Mankind's key to his mind vanish with our new autism. We might have gone from MR/DD to Einstein and even done it in a social way but Autism Experts are not expert enough to even care. While we have figured out things such as stuttering dyslexia and even man's '99 conversations' we can't over come the natural ignorance of the general human population. Sadly peer review autism and the zombies its made from us only make autism the designer blooper of all time. Good by Randy,
my Internet friend, Thanks for shareing your Autism with me and I look forward to hearing from you via perhaps a projection thought.
Rich Shull on the Blog Pre Rain Man Autism.
Question: Shouldn't Autism know about us? Admit to us?
Labels: Future Horizons, Pain tolerance, picture thoughts, Rimland, Verbal Talking Autism