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Monthly Archives: April 2019

It’s Time to Marty McFly (Fix) “Avengers: Endgame”

April 29, 2019, 1:47 pm

Okay, Avengers Endgame. You want to keep talking time travel and Back to the Future? In that case, get ready to be Marty McFlyed. HERE THERE BE SPOILERS. Last time, and the only other time, I Marty McFlyed a movie was four years ago. Obviously, to “Marty McFly” means “to restore/change the past to create the glorious present that we always should have had.” It means not only assessing what went wrong (anyone on Twitter can do that), but also […]

Bye-Bye, Thousand Oaks

April 24, 2019, 12:56 pm

Monday was Dar’s last day at Thousand Oaks after almost four years there. Wifey and I were invited to help celebrate. We took time out of our workweek to do that. Dar’s third-grade teacher has been an angel. Her name is not Ms. Starr, but I’ll call her that here. Ms. Starr is one of those relentlessly cheerful people who seem like they were born to handle a room of elementary-school kids. Per Ms. Starr’s instructions, on Monday wifey and […]

Privacy is The New Smoking

April 19, 2019, 10:11 am

Privacy is the new smoking. Which means that transparency and accountability are the new non-smoking. Which means that most of the media about politics fails to understand current politics, much less predict what’s going to happen in 2020. I am writing this to help them. One can see this in recent coverage of Beto O’Rourke. Many polls have him ranked a close third behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, which is rather remarkable considering their much, much larger name recognition. […]

Dar’s Last Day at Thousand Oaks is Monday

April 17, 2019, 1:09 pm

Six-and-a-half years ends on Monday. Dar started at the Berkeley Unified School District in October 2012, just after his 3rd birthday, starting at a state-sponsored pre-school along with the other severely disabled and severely income-impacted. Next week the BUSD will begin to subcontract his school days to a Non-Public School that is entirely dedicated to kids like Dar. They seem very nice and they’ve sent a few emails that help establish expectations. I’m sure I’ll have more to say about them […]

Trigger: Pulled

April 11, 2019, 10:01 am

This may turn out to be easily one of the most significant weeks of Dar’s little life. We just made a decision on his next school…where, if things go well, he will spend all of the 2020s. Whewwww….that’s a big decision to have made. I’m exhausted just from that. I want to talk about it…next week. Thanks for checking in. Best, Daniel

This Autism Awareness Month, Let’s Be Aware of Dreams

April 3, 2019, 9:14 am

This Autism Awareness Month, I suggest we be aware of the power of dreams. On Autism Awareness Day 2019, on April 2, Dar made sure to make us aware of him. He woke up screaming at Dark O’Clock, which was at about 5. Why does he regularly wake up sounding like you would sound at the moment you got Joe Theismann’s career-ending injury? (Picture your lower leg bending forward like it normally does forward.) Since he can’t tell us, we’re […]