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|Florida and Medicaid Expansion: An Exercise in Idiocy
So yesterday I listened to Rick Scott bitch about why he wouldn't expand medicaid for the state. Yeah, god forbid this son of a bitch actually does the right thing for Floridians for once. I read a ...
|The Aspie Corner: World Autism Awareness Day
It's just a few days after my 31st birthday, so okay, I'll bite. It's been about 3 years since my diagnosis and official 'welcome' into the world of the Autism Spectrum. It's been...bittersweet. I'...
|The Aspie Corner: Advice, Taking and Giving
I guess I'll just start off with this: I suck with advice. I certainly don't do well with giving it, but I do worse with taking it. I've been hard on some well meaning folks over the last couple of ...
|How Does an Out of Work Disabled Database Worker Find Work These Days?
It's a valid question, don't you think? Funny thing about that is many of my teachers in my college days assured me IT wasn't going anywhere. Boy how fucking wrong they were. By the time my class ...
|The Aspie Corner: Stuck in a Rut
I haven't been around for a bit. Perhaps it's because I feel like I've had nothing to contribute to the conversation here. For the last 3 years I've been in a slump I can't seem to get out of, but I'...
|The Aspie Corner: Another Worthless Job Fair
Today my employment specialist dragged me to another worthless job fair hosted by none other than Goodwill. Why was it worthless? Well, let me tell you who was there. Hotel and restaurant chains, ...
|I Deleted My Youtube Channel Today
That's right. I quit Youtube. After witnessing all sorts of stupid, stupid shit on that site, especially over the last three years and not a single channel worth watching or following, I decided to ...
|The Aspie Corner: My Love/Hate Relationship with Computers, Gaming and Technology
For the last month I'd been trying to figure out how my hard drive, which it 1 terabyte, was nearly full when I hardly download anything at all. So I looked up some programs to help with this and I ...
|The Aspie Corner: Making Money Writing a Blog? I'm Not So Sure.
My mother in law was talking to some folks she works with at the county school board and it seems she thinks it's a good idea for me to write a blog and record videos of me making an ass out of ...
|A Kossack's Guide to Thoughtless Terms and Cliches
If you've been in the comment section of any website on the interwebz, chances are you've come across many thoughtless, conversation stopping cliches I'm about to list here in this diary. I feel the ...
|The Aspie Corner: I Got Nothin'
My employment specialist called me today and told me that her marketing team had been looking for leads, and of course, every single one was a dead end for one of two reasons: A. they require more ...
|The Aspie Corner: Changing Meds and Random Ranting
This coming Wednesday I'm going to a doctor's appointment to discuss my meds and have them changed yet again because they're like sugar pills to me. Of course, since I'm stuck at a sliding scale ...
|The Aspie Corner: No Way Out
The other day my Voc Rehab counselor sent me an email asking me how things were going and let me know she's been in contact with my employment specialist. So, I just told her the truth. I told her ...
|Where Are the Opportunities?
I started looking for employment three years ago during my final semester of college and immediately I realized something was dead wrong. But the writing was really on the wall when the career ...
|The Aspie Corner: "Not All Managers Are Assholes"
The other day I was talking with my mom and she suggested I go to a local Publix to see if I could find a job there. Let me give you a little back story. I worked for a Publix ten years ago that had ...
|Disabled and Poor: Double Whammy
Many folks have posted some diaries about being poor, so I thought I'd ad my 2 cents. You see, I grew up dirt poor. Not being able to pay the bills, utilities shut off, nearly homeless, all that. ...
|National Religious Freedom Day....Okay, I'll Bite.
I often thank my lucky stars I wasn't raised in the church. To be honest I don't really see the point of church. I guess some people see it as a means of maintaining fellowship with their friends or ...
|ACA Signups 2015: I Still Can't Get Care
I keep getting emails telling me to register for an ACA policy. I normally ignore these emails for the same reasons I did last year: I live in Florida and I can't find any sustainable long term ...
|The Aspie Corner: Entry Level My Ass
I checked my email this morning and at the top of the list was a posting from Sologig for a company looking for an 'Entry Level Web Designer'. Then I opened the email and clicked the link. Position ...
|The Aspie Corner: Conversation and Employment: Two Things Most People Think I Suck at
I've read some more diaries about how unemployment is at its lowest rate in years at 5.6%. Well goody. The unemployment rate for disabled people was 13 and a half percent in 2013, and I'm sure that ...
|Aspie Corner: Taking a Shit Job for a Shittier Wage is Better Than Giving Up? Yeah, Right.
I mean every word of that title, really and truly. I'm humoring everyone when it comes to looking for a job but I've basically thrown in the towel. Finding a decent part time or full time job is a ...
|The Aspie Corner: Chronic Long Term Unemployment Leads to More Unemployment
My employment specialist confirmed what some of you have been telling me for years: If you haven't been employed for a while, you're screwed. She told me that she's having trouble placing her ...
|Why I Don't Give A Damn About Jobs Numbers
So I've read a few diaries regarding the falling unemployment rate. It is good news I guess, but I can't say I give a damn about those numbers. They don't address anything about those jobs that were ...
|The Aspie Corner: It Doesn't Really Matter Anymore.
It's been nearly a year and a half since I had an actual job and frankly I'm at the point where putting in any effort to even find a job means absolutely nothing. My mother-in-law has a few ideas, ...
|I Still Hate Black Friday. And Walmart.
In fact, I hate it so much that I refer to it as the Black Friday Hunger Games. Why? Because it seems to me that corporate executives get off seeing a bunch of desperate people beating the crap out ...
|Arguing with the John Birch Society - I Mean Libertarians
Every time I get into an argument with a Libertarian, I just want to scream. It's not because their talking points about 'Big Gubmint' are total bullshit, mind you. But rather, because so many of ...
|The Aspie Corner: The Happy Customer
So last week I prepared some older photos for a lady who was helping with her mother-in-law's funeral. It was hard work and it the family was quite happy with the result. I admit I did charge more ...
|Aspie Rants: I'm Deleting My Facebook Account. (And other random rantings)
A few weeks ago I explained how I was quitting Facebook. I don't regret it, but I felt the need to take it further because according to some Conservative and Libertarian friends, I'm not allowed to ...
|The Aspie Corner: About that Interview....
So this past Monday I had an interview at Office Depot for a Logistics Specialist position and my hunch was right on the money. In short, it's shipping. Dealing with heavy boxes and doing a lot on ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Office Depot is Finally Going to Interview Me
Yeah. You read that right. After almost two damn months of harassing them, they're going to interview me for a 'logistics specialist'. Before I go any further, an update: The county Information ...
|My Life as an Aspie: The Agony of Waiting
Almost 2 months ago I applied for a job with the county as an 'information systems tech'. I interviewed for the job about three weeks ago and I have yet to hear back. According to Brevard County's ...
|The Florida 2014 Election in Numbers
Let's just get this out of the way right now: Last night was an electoral shitstorm. Florida will have to deal with four more years of Rick Scott and his cronies' continued organized theft and ...
|This Desperate Anti-Charlie Crist Banner Appeared on the Daily Kos Front Page
Gee...I wonder whose campaign came up with this one? I'm inclined to believe that Daily Kos had nothing to do with this being in the ad space, but come on. We can do better than this. ...
|I Voted Early Today
Living right next to an early voting place has a lot of advantages. I got a good amount of exercise today from being able to walk there. Yup. I voted early today because I didn't want to deal with ...
|Republicans and Libertarians Make Stupid Comments while Online Gaming AGAIN
So yesterday, as I was minding my own business in Star Trek Online, the idiots started again with their rhetoric against government, taxes, Social Security,unions, teachers, the poor, inner city ...
|"You should run for office."
The above title is something I hear quite a bit from family members. Though as much as I'd like to run for even a local office, I know full well I'd never win because Brevard County, FL is wingnut ...
|Being Disabled in Rick Scott's Florida Sucks
Whelp...I keep getting emails from 'Get Covered America' that keep telling me to get insurance. Here's the problem: I've been unemployed since September of LAST YEAR, so I don't see how anyone ...
|Conspiracy Theorists Invade Online Gaming. Is No Place Safe?
I can't seem to escape this kind of paranoia no matter where I go online, but Star Trek Online is the last place I'd expect to see the kind of fear and hatred the wingnuts propagate on a daily basis.
|The Aspie Corner: The Cluster Job Fair and Quitting Facebook
So today's 'Job Fair' was just what I figured it would be: A huge clusterfuck of shit wage employers looking to hire temporary workers in preparation for Christmas and the Black Friday Hunger Games. ...
|Something Funny in My Inbox
Goldline. Because Glenn Beck isn't making enough from his subscriber base. (Apparently) Yahoo Mail loves to put ads like these at the top of inboxes when you check email. These ads range from free ...
|The Aspie Corner: The Culture of Promotion Holds Us Back
Someone once made a comment about this 'Culture of Promotion' and this blind obsession about 'advancement' in the workplace. There's nothing wrong with wanting to move beyond one's own station to ...
|The Aspie Corner: Tech Companies All Over Europe Hire Aspeis. Why Can't We Do It Here?
I hear all the time about how tech companies all over Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries like Norway, hire folks on the Autism Spectrum because they actually see the potential we have ...
|The Aspie Corner: A New Title for My Blogs
This was overdue, I think. For the most part I'll still be using the same format as I ever have but I also want fellow Aspies and Aspie parents to feel free to discuss things if they need to. I ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Getting Off the Ground
Given the fact that my search for full employment has been little more than a giant clusterfuck with nothing to show for it, I've decided I can't take it anymore and have decided to take a chance on ...
|MLAA: Equal Opportunity? Not in Florida.
As many of you know and as I've probably said countless times on my blogs, I've been unemployed for most of my adult life. That seems to be a pretty common theme among adults with disabilities. I've ...
|Disabled Employment: Permanent Part Time
As an addendum to yesterday's diary about the woman with 4 shit wage jobs, I'd like to add a little something about part-time work. Those of us with disabilities have always had to live with the '...
|This Article Pisses Me Off, but Some of the Comments will Make Your Blood Boil
The article in question is this one. It's about a woman who, working FOUR JOBS just to make ends meet, slept in her car in a parking lot where she worked. As far as this is concerned, all I have to ...
|My Life as an Aspie: New Employment Vendor
So over the last couple of days, I've been getting acquainted with my new employment specialist from EmployU via Voc Rehab. These folks sound like the headhunters I've heard about a few times before ...
|My Life as an Aspie: The Year of Unemployment Hell
Whelp...it's been roughly a year since my last 3 month temporary job ended and I've spent the time since looking for work, with all the usual excuses places won't touch me with a ten foot pole from '...
|My Life as an Aspie: An Exercise in Futility
I've found searching for a job to be an utter waste of time, especially in my field. There are literally hundreds of applications for the same job leads I happen to find either in person or online ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Sorry I've Been Away
I just moved about a month ago. Still stuck in the same economically dead county and same stupid state, of course. But it was a move nonetheless. I've been digitizing some old VHS tapes and photos ...
|Who does this to a Cat?
I get many posts from Facebook throughout the day from left wing pages, and as a cat person, this pisses me off to no end. Oh, and did I mention this happened in Florida? I guess I shouldn't be ...
|My Life as an Aspie: What We Need, and What We Get
To be honest, I saw this coming a mile away. My employment specialist that I'd been working with for over a year now left the firm I'd been working with through Vocational Rehabilitation to become ...
|My Life as an Aspie: How Pop Culture Undermines Us
I had an interesting conversation with someone in the comment section of one of my diaries in this particular series about how we tend to fixate on every aspect of a particular subject. I find ...
|Hobby Lobby Can Kiss My Ass
I wouldn't normally write about something this personal, but the recent circus of a Supreme Court ruling involving Hobby Lobby has forced my hand. A few months ago, I had a vasectomy done. I talked ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Transfers Take First Priority
This morning I got another rejection email for a job where I'd figured I was a good fit. I had actually worked for the school district print shop before and the people I worked with seemed happy ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Dumbing Down Oneself
I've read a few diaries on just this sort of thing. People remove their degrees, qualifications or experience in order to get a job they're overqualified for because those they are qualified for ...
|My Life as an Aspie: The License Issue and What I Can Offer Employers
So, it's come up again. My employment specialist feels that there's no chance in hell of ever obtaining even a chance at real employment without a driver's license. I suppose he's right. Basically ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Scamming the System? Are You F***ing Kidding Me?!
I recently read a diary about a person who rents a room to someone who's on disability who think other people who are on disability are 'scamming the system'. Of course, there were people in his ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Looking for Work Serves No Purpose
A few days ago I wrote a bit about an interview I recently had. I still haven't heard back yet, even after trying to touch base Friday because that was when a decision was to be reached. As usual, I'...
|My Life as an Aspie: I Really Hate Interviews
Look, I get the fact that when it comes to social skills, I suck. It takes everything in me just to do things most people take for granted when it comes to social situations. Interviews are the ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Connections Are a Luxury
Outside of my significant other, her parents and our 3 cats, I don't really have a social circle of my own. Social situations have always been tough for me, mostly because I just don't do too well ...
|My Life as an Aspie: "It's All About Attitude"
I was talking to someone about the difficulty of finding work, more specifically, difficulty with interviews. They told me it's all about attitude, that they wouldn't hire someone with a demeanor ...
|My Life as an Aspie: "Overcome Your Disabilities"
I can't tell you how many times I've heard people tell me to 'Overcome My Disability'. It's almost like they're telling me to remove an article of clothing. I have to admit I do wish it were that ...
|I Think I'm Going to Quit Online Gaming for Good
Yes, I do play games online. Star Trek Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic just to name a couple. What really amazes me is the ignorance some players show when it comes to the real world. This is ...
|At Least I Won't Have to Pay a Fine for Being Uninsured
A little while ago I wrote a short diary about how I couldn't afford insurance and about how I can't even get medicaid because our vindictive, greedy governor, Rick Scott has refused Medicaid ...
|Coming to Terms with American History Vol. 1: Selling Out the Commons and Stamping Out Competition
I'd like to try something new today, seeing as history is always on my mind. Forgive me if this diary is a tad long winded, but I mostly intend to start a meaningful conversation about why the ...
|I Wish I Had Advice to Give....
...But I don't. I've been writing diaries here almost two years, and I almost always seem to be saying the same thing: That no matter how far I try to go in everything I've ever done, I can't seem ...
|Rick Scott Political Ads Are Already Showing Up on Television...Oh Goody.
Yeah... that's just what I need to see during one of the few shows on Television I actually watch. Rick Scott talking about how his daddy only had a 6th grade education and about how economic ...
|How Does One Describe a Ridiculous Employment Situation?
That's a question that's been on my mind for some time now. Even when I do find work, it's only temporary and usually only lasts about three months out of the year and I'm back to sitting at home ...
|I Still Can't Find Work
This coming may will mark two years since my college graduation, and other than two degrees and two three-month stints in temporary work and maybe an interview here or there, I have nothing to show ...
|I Can't Afford Insurance.
Yup. That's right. I can't afford insurance. When you can't work most jobs in your area due to your disabilities and any job you could do has been shipped overseas and companies or public offices ...
|My Quarrel With Libertarians in America
I've spent some time among people who call themselves 'Libertarians', and while I might agree with them on how the government is trampling on peoples' civil liberties, that's probably where that ...
|An Aspie's F-Bomb (Or, Why I Hate Politics)
Lately I've read and listened to a lot of things that have pissed me off to the point of raising my blood pressure and I feel the need to vent. Since those closest to me forbid me from doing so at ...
|My Life as an Aspie: My Desire to Hunt for a Job is Gone
Over the past two months, I've put in several applications and have had two interviews, with no luck whatsoever finding a job that suits my skills. Just the other day, I was blindsided with a phone ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Boredom and Stress
Boredom and Stress are two words I can safely use to sum up the last two years of my life, searching through the endless void for a job that would actually suit my skills. As I said in a previous ...
|Banging My Head Against The Wall.
So, about a week ago I had a panel interview, and I'll admit, I feel like I totally fell flat on my ass with that one. My employment specialist seemed to disagree, because he felt I was able to ...
|Wasted Resources and Wasted Talent
As anyone with eyes can see, the United States is wasting its resources and its talent with regards to employment and the economy. This is being done deliberately, of course, and for many reasons. ...
|Emails Like These Are Why I Despise Looking For Work
So I checked my email today and finally got a response to a follow up for a job I recently emailed for, and as usual, they said they found a 'candidate who was a better fit for the position.' This ...
|My Life as an Aspie: And a Crappy New Year
As much as I'd like to believe that next year will be better than this one, I can't. This past year, I did everything I could to become employed. Hell, I even managed to impress a few people at my ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Where to Go from Here
Come January 1st, it'll be two years since I started looking for work. I figured since I was only taking a single class in my final semester at the time, it made sense that I'd get a head start with ...
|Thanksgiving Should Be a Holiday for All Workers
Thanksgiving: A day where families get together, eat turkey, watch football, tell each other what they're thankful for...it's something we all look forward to every year. But over the past few years ...
|The Highs and Lows of Spotty Employment
As can probably be seen, my diaries have had a rather depressing tone over the last couple of months. It all started when a nice job with my school district's print shop ended. Granted, I'm not the ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Squeezing Water from a Stone
Over the past month, I've put in over 50 applications to just about every place you can name in my county. No call backs, no emails, nothing. It doesn't seem to matter how 'proactive' one is when it ...
|Liberty is Just a Word
With the recent implementation and roll out of the ACA, the wingnuts are in full entitlement mode, claiming the law infringes on their liberties. Let's just call it what it really is: Privilege. ...
|My Life as an Aspie: 'Normal' People Don't Get It
Earlier tonight I read an article about the scout leader who knocked over an ancient rock formation and then claimed it was accidental because of a car accident he was in a few years back. Sure, ...
|My Life as an Aspie: I Quit.
No, no. I won't quit posting here, as it's sadly one of the few things keeping me sane. I mean that I simply no longer have any desire to find employment. It seems like the more I even try to look, ...
|My Life as an Aspie: I'm Still Tired..
When it comes to talking to people in real life about issues facing those with disabilities, I feel like I'm talking to a wall. Given what's going on with the current debacle featuring the American ...
|Another Movie You Should be Aware Of: Left Behind
A few months ago, I wrote a diary on a movie called 'The Purge'. Well, I'm here to write another article on yet another right-wing propaganda piece disguised as Hollywood Cinema: Left Behind. For ...
|Dear Mr. President.....(And the American People)
With the government shutdown going on, I only have this to ask: Mr. President, why didn't you let the wingnut thugs pull this stunt two years ago? Anyone who's paid attention this entire time knows ...
|A Disabled Person's Take (And a Question) on the ACA Debacle
As someone who studies history both here and abroad, this situation with the Affordable Care Act is all too familiar. The conservative movement did the same amount of grandstanding, obstructing, ...
|My Life as an Aspie: No Respect
My latest internship venture ended this past Friday. All in all, it was a good experience and I got a chance to learn more about how a school district operates. But I learned something else too. ...
|Updates and Ramblings
As some of you may know, I've been working at my school district's print shop since the end of June, and as this internship comes to a close, I've really come to respect the people who keep the ...
|As Someone on the Autism Spectrum, This Makes Me Angry (And Sick).
Earlier this afternoon, I came across this news story about an anonymous letter suggesting that a mother euthanize her autistic son. As much as I'd like to say I'm surprised about this, I can't. ...
|An Open Letter to Florida
Before I begin, I just want to say that I am a Native Floridian, born and raised. I also still live and work in FL, which is why I'm writing this diary. I'll start below the squiggly.
|My Life as an Aspie: A New Job (Finally)
For the past few months I've been out of work, and let me tell you, I'm going stir crazy. Well, this past week I began another job within the county, this time with the school board's printing ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Biking and Photo Archiving
A few weeks ago I wrote about an incident with my local police while driving my golf cart on local roads. About two weeks ago, my mother in law appeared in front of our city council to see if ...
|The Purge: Every Right-Winger's Wet Dream
Chances are that by now you've seen trailers for a right-wing snuff film called 'The Purge'. The premise behind this film is that America managed to turn itself around by creating an annual holiday ...
|My Life as an Aspie: Resentment and Rejection
A family member recently referred to me as being resentful of the system, especially given recent events. Well, yes, I am resentful. Some would call me envious, but it isn't as simple as that. If I ...
|My Life As An Aspie: Disappointment Has Broken Me Down
With the beginning of May today, it's been roughly one year since receiving my diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. I suppose it's been hit or miss, because in some ways, it's helped a lot, but I'm ...
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