Fireworks and Autism

Not many parents who have children with autism eagerly jump at the opportunity to go to a 4th of July fireworks show. For the most part, however, my wife and I do. We know it might be tough on our little guy, but he’s come such a long way and is handling these types of uncomfortable situations better and better.

Cutting the cord on cable TV

A lot of people are cutting the proverbial cord. Meaning: they’re ditching their cable company and choosing to watch TV, movies and other media via streaming services like SlingTV, Chromecast or something else. Cable companies have had a good run – as did Blockbuster video and 8-track tapes – but their time is now up. They’re just not worth it anymore.

Matt watching a baseball game

Joking about autism

Listening to a podcast the other day – Autastic: A Comedian’s Guide to Autism – and while I love what these guys are doing in terms of telling their stories and making people laugh, I’m just not sure I’m ready for jokes and humor at the expense of my son and other kid’s with autism.

Growing OCR three people at a time

By now, most people have heard of obstacle course racing (a.k.a “ocr”). From the big players – like Spartan Race, BattleFrog, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder – to the more regional and local runs like Rugged Maniac, Terrain Racing, Atlas Race, etc. — for many people, the regular old 5k run just doesn’t cut in…

Son two on the Spartan podium

He said a bad word

Perhaps this isn’t the best way to wrap-up Autism Awareness Month but I feel I need to pass this along. In the spirit of full disclosure, however, not all the details have been corroborated and, in fact, some are a little fuzzy. Yet where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire and I’d like to think, at…

Politics and Podcasts

I’m a big fan of podcasts. Especially those that interview politicians because let’s face it: longer interviews – as opposed to the hearing the usual pre-written and well-rehearsed 0:15 second sound bites in debates or on the Sunday morning talk shows – is a great way to learn more about people, politicians, their beliefs, personalities, etc.