January 3rd, 2009

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Celebrating Michael

Richard's been sick, so I've been taking Michael to and from work.   He really doesn't like Mother hanging about where he works (neither would I have!)  so I drop him off and pick him up without trying to pry at all.  

Last night, though, I had left home early so I could go by Home Depot to pick up fresher D batteries for the game-cam and see if another battery change would clear the little screen so I could see what I'm entering for the security code--and another surge-protecting power strip--and that took less time than I expected, even having to use the self-check out thing.  I HATE self-check-out.  But I did it, slowly and inefficiently and requiring much help from the clerk, because it wants people to be faster than I am, and to know already how to do it.  

And that led to being in the parking lot of the pizza place 10 minutes before his shift was over.  I parked where I could look in the big windows but was far enough away I didn't think he would notice.  It's been many months since I had a chance to do this, and the difference in his body language as he works is quite different.   He's quick, decisive, busily doing what he's supposed to do (cleaning up after people leave)--moving smoothly, not jerkily, obviously knowing exactly what to do and how.   There were no hesitations: this goes here, that goes there, this is the bottle of cleaning spray and the wipe for the table, and that is the bottle of cleaning spray and wipe for the seats, carry the child seat back to its place in the far corner, etc.

He was also clearly aware of the other people in the place--and his body language suggested awareness of differences between customers arriving, customers leaving, and other staff.  He moved out of the way, checked behind himself before backing up, and so on.  This may seem normal to you, but I've seen adult men with no diagnosis move as if no one else were around, or as if it was other people's job to anticipate their movements and get out of the way.   Here's an autistic young man who's picked up that much social awareness.   I was too far away in the parking lot to see his facial expression, but knowing him so well, I can recognize his body-language equivalents of smiles and worried expressions.   He smiled at people (his managers have said how hard-working he is and also how he's pleasant to be around and polite to customers.)

Celebration time for me in the car.  This is the kind of thing we hoped for (not busing tables in a pizza parlor exactly, but the ability to do that--and other things.)



woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Can PLEZ haz broadband?

The modem is here.  (It went to the wrong address--someone wrote down the opposite end of the street from what I told them.  This is like the time FedEx sent my Nebula Award--a gorgeous thing--to the wrong street on the wrong side of the highway--to an unoccupied house.  But that time the driver had the right address on the box--this time the address was right-street/right-number/wrong *direction* of the street.   That homeowner, however, is already on broadband with the same company, so he called us up and then brought it over--nice fellow.

Anyway...the modem is here.  Supposedly the service will be turned on Monday.   But we're not supposed to try hooking things up until after 7 pm Monday to be sure it's on.  Whazzat?   So it's daytime in India where tech support probably is???  Or what? 

They offer a short list of places online to get help.  Hellooooo...if we've disabled dial-up (as they suggest/tell you to do) and the DSL isn't working....how are we supposed to go online to get help?   (This reminds me of the power company's automated "power outage" number, which expects that when you call from a dark house to say the power is out, you will have your account number handy...and can see it...and can also write down the ten-digit number they want you to use if you call again...)    OTOH, we'll use my laptop to do the initial handshaking stuff, and it's used to being hooked up to high-speed--it's been around the world and functioned just fine with hotel and internet cafe connections (and wireless, for that matter.)  (OK, not *exactly* around the world.  Large chunks of "world" remain unexplored.  But it's been to Australia and New Zealand, as far north as Norway and to Barcelona, as well as wandering around the UK, so doesn't that count? Not?  Oh, well.  I'm a writer; I exaggerate for effect...)

Aside from that, I'm looking at the little boxes and cables and things and itching to start putting stuff together.   I put everything (aside from the stuff not relevant to the this project) back into the box and am Not Touching It until Monday night at 7 pm.  Not.  Won't.  Even though....

WANT it.