Both of my sons have been diagnosed as high functioning autistic. I have not, but based on how closely the boys behavior parallels mine, there’s a very high probability. I’m not going to fall for the “correlation equals causation” fallacy, but let’s take it as given that I have autistic tendencies. One of the big tendencies is the desire for stability and routine. So why do I have an urge in late spring every year to either move cities or change jobs?
Monthly Archives: May 2010
The recent catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico with the Deepwater Horizon rig failure got me thinking about disasterous events and how we deal with them. I’ve learned over the years that I don’t tend to do my best thinking when I’m making things up as I go along, so I have gotten into the habit of periodically thinking about the future and making plans in case something bad happens. This may seem morbid or depressing, but it’s the only way I have figured out to be prepared for dealing with disasters in a way that doesn’t involve curling into a ball and hoping it all goes away.
I’m a busy guy. I have two boys, commute two hours a day to my full-time job and have plenty of outside interests I like to pursue. I like to prioritize things in order of importance. Given that my blog is not something I get paid for, it often falls behind many, many other things when I do the mental calculation of “What should I be spending my time on now?” In addition, I don’t like to just throw things up here without spending time on it to make sure it’s coherent, doesn’t contain spelling errors and is generally worth the time it would take someone to read it. If I wanted to make public the comments I’ve pulled out of my posterior, I’d put them up on Twitter (for the things I want the whole world to see) or some similar social networking site. Those locations are full of stream of consciousness information and my half-assed musings fit right in there. But for my personal site, I’d like to keep things just a bit more polished. . . even if it means my posts here tend to be more infrequent than my posts elsewhere.