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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: My friend pesters me to vote

Posted: 19 Jul 2022, 10:37 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 611


Tell your friend to go f**k himself. Sometimes I'd like to. It's a complicated situation. He is my ride home from work at Midnight, as I don't drive. I met him when he was a cab driver, when there were still cabs around here. I also pay him for it, but much less than I would pay for an Uber or Lyft...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: My friend pesters me to vote

Posted: 19 Jul 2022, 10:00 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 611


I hate politics and I don't vote. I have a friend who keeps pestering me about it. He told me that he doesn't just want me to vote, he wants me to vote specifically for the Democrats. He goes through phases where he leaves me alone about it and then something in the news prompts him to start up agai...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Why do partisans have no confidence in their own side?

Posted: 25 Jun 2022, 5:32 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 238


Something I've noticed lately: the absolute confidence that partisans have that they are on the correct side is matched only by a total lack of confidence that they'll succeed. (I'm in the U.S., so I'm talking about Democrats and Republicans.) When faced with (what they view as) a crisis, never does...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: did anyone else ever get paranoid about germs growing up

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 1:00 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 347


In my early 20s, I got paranoid about giving other people germs. Due to severe allergies, I blew my nose all the time and my stepfather made a comment that I was probably giving everyone germs. I worried about it a great deal. I began washing my hands excessively and carrying disinfectant wipes ever...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How long do your 'obsessions' last?

Posted: 25 May 2022, 5:30 am 

Replies: 51
Views: 2,163


I've been obsessed with Disneyland since I was a child. When I was a teenager, I decided I was completely done with it and moved on to being obsessed with musical theater, but that only lasted a couple years and then I was obsessed with Disneyland AND musical theater. I even have recurring dreams ab...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: People who let their kids run around in stores

Posted: 25 May 2022, 5:14 am 

Replies: 47
Views: 3,933


I work at a retail store where customers bring large numbers of children and often allow them to run amok. I think that's one of the reasons our store is always such a mess, making things difficult for us employees. For example, sometimes they pull down the pegs that the shoes hang on and play with ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Who hates filling out forms?

Posted: 22 May 2022, 6:24 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 472


My process for filling out forms: 1. Try to follow confusing instructions 2. Hit numerous dead ends 3. Waste hours 4. Feel frustration and despair 5. Give in to overwhelming desire to stop filling out form 6. Accomplish nothing 7. Feel anxiety about innumerable future instances when I will have to f...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Employment for autistics. Then and now.

Posted: 01 Apr 2022, 6:36 am 

Replies: 34
Views: 2,276


I'm 40 and I've had jobs on and off since I was 17. I am male and undiagnosed. My metaphor for my experience with employment is that I looked up at the bottom rung of the career ladder and somebody yelled down, "HEY! What makes you think you're worthy of looking at the bottom rung of our beauti...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Post your LEAST controversial political opinions

Posted: 31 Mar 2022, 3:09 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,782


naturalplastic wrote:
I am in favor of...

Motherhood!

Apple pie.

and

Hmmmm....


 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you find getting up early extremely difficult?

Posted: 31 Mar 2022, 2:54 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 2,513


I find that "not wasting the day" or "getting things done early so I have the rest of the day for myself" is a very common explanation for why people get up early, not just in this thread but among people in general. However, I feel like the idea that the day "starts" i...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: The concern with "character growth" in popular fiction

Posted: 31 Mar 2022, 12:58 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,453


Digging up this thread again because of another recent example of this. People on an "Avatar: TLA" group were talking about how good Zuko's redemption arc was (which I agree with) and then somebody said Draco Malfoy in "Harry Potter" didn't get such an arc because Rowling was not...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you find getting up early extremely difficult?

Posted: 19 Mar 2022, 8:47 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 2,513


Yes, extremely. My mother is also a Night Owl. I didn't grow up with my biological father, but I'm told he's the same as well. I always had great difficulty going to bed and getting up early for school. I was very happy when I started home-schooling and no longer had to do that. When my stepfather c...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: The concern with "character growth" in popular fiction

Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:48 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,453


That last part is a good example of what might happen if a person tries to apply a fiction “rule” in a mechanical fashion. Yes, I think these "rules" are useful guidelines, but sometimes people's standards are so strict, it's hard to tell what they actually think "counts" as a c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What's your least favorite neurotypical saying?

Posted: 17 Mar 2022, 12:28 am 

Replies: 92
Views: 4,707


For me, it's not so much colloquialisms as things that are said to me regarding my efforts at concentrating on tasks. "Just give yourself over to it." With this one, I always picture the Pod People from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" saying "Just give yourself over. Become...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Excited by conversations rather than people?

Posted: 16 Mar 2022, 2:21 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 1,570


Yes, this sounds like me. I don't really have a lot of opinions or advice for people on topics outside my areas of interest, so I'm often left just going, "oh boy," "aw, geez," "that sucks," "that's too bad," etc. Also, I may enjoy the company of people, but I...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: The concern with "character growth" in popular fiction

Posted: 11 Mar 2022, 6:57 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,453


I know what you mean. Maybe people think a character that stays the same doesn't have dimension or is boring. But i think in fiction everything is subjective. You can like and dislike characters all you please. I don't understand when people get too serious about fiction and i say this as a person ...
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