News: Facebook achievement

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Photo: When did THIS happen?


No, seriously, the last time I checked I had about 206 followers!

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Announcement: New photo site is up!

It took longer than I thought, but I uploaded all my Theme Park\Travel photos to another site (and thus deleted them from this one). I haven’t ported over the opinions or commentaries just yet, but I will in the coming days as I have to do SOMETHING while waiting for my new camera (which I ordered on Saturday) to arrive.

The irony is: Once the new camera comes, I may begin experimenting with different types of other photography so I may end up posting less “theme park” (though I’m hoping to get at least a few in this summer), and more fashion\portraiture as I try out the new equipment and see what new interests I discover.


Update: I got an email this afternoon from Amazon saying the camera I ordered on Saturday is out of stock and thus my order was “cancelled.” I have ordered another camera from them while I was on there which they guarantee will arrive on Friday.

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Welcome new residents

Welcome, new resident(s). My name is Jonathan (yes, contrary to public belief, I am a man), and I’m the writer of this blog, and de facto mayor of the Uncanny Valley (mostly because no else wanted the job).

I don’t generally write this blog with the intention of other people reading it, but I’m glad you’re here because it means I’m not alone in this journey (though it often feels like it). I often post sad stories here, but I’m proud to say that don’t participate in the “outrage of the day” thing like other pages do (seriously, whenever an Autistic child\teen is beaten, raped or murdered, it’ll appear at least a dozen times on my FB “News Feed” so it’s not a huge loss on that front).

Speaking of FB, some of you found this blog through its corresponding FB page where I post funny, sarcastic and sometimes depressing memes there, but I’ve been making a conscious effort to post more positive images lately. I also post any photos of places\events that I don’t have enough “good” shots to create a full “gallery” around.

I’m not sorry for what I post here, and I stand by what I write. However, I hope you enjoy my entries about “Adulting” with Autism or as I like to call it: “Life in the Uncanny Valley.”

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New Year’s resolution

I don’t generally make “resolutions” because I hate disappointing myself with promises I have no intention of keeping. However, I have decided to make a change to this blog starting today that will probably kill what’s left of my page views: No Disney, Universal or SeaWorld through at least the end of August if not later. This will force me to find NEW places to see and explore like Winter Park, Lake Mary, Downtown, Kissimmee. I might even spend an afternoon at Fun Spot or Magical Midway.

I have other plans that are still in the planning stages and I’m hesitant to reveal them now as I had to cancel LAST summer’s plans (a 3-week summer job and a 5-day volunteer job) due to a still unexplained stomach ailment that wreaked havoc on my body for 6 full months – and I didn’t even lose a single pound! That last part really frosts me as I was really looking forward to fitting into my old jeans again.

I am also looking into more volunteer and summer jobs – the former are for the immediate Orlando area which is difficult for since most of the opportunities are downtown – and I’m in Williamsburg\LBV area. As much as I’d love to spend six months helping the OSC (though working two or three 1-day events over same period would look better on my resume), I have no car, no friends with cars and I have found local cabbies to be unreliable at best. The latter is anywhere BUT Florida, however, I have extremely poor luck in this over the past few years, but I have hope that this year will be different.

Yes, THIS year will be different – and that regardless of what happens, is a resolution I plan to keep.




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Labor Day updates

  • You may have noticed, but I posted pictures from Chicago, but not from Disneyland. The reason for that is because objectively, the best photos I took there were taken a) in Cars Land and b) all my non-Cars Land photos were already posted to my Facebook page (seriously, 26 “followers” and only 5 “likes?” Actually, they’re BOTH terrible numbers. 😦 ). I was going to post the pictures from Cars Land today, but..
  • My laptop died on Friday evening (of a holiday weekend no less) so I’m typing this from a back-up laptop which isn’t as nice, fast or as functional (in other words, the computer version of me), but it’s a LOT better than trying to type this from my phone.
  • I was going to post recaps of my disastrous Chicago trip (because that’s kinda my theme here), but frankly I’d rather just let that go and focus on the few good pictures I have.
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Announcement: Like me on Facebook

I started a Facebook “page” for this blog last night. I’m still not sure how it works, but I’ll probably post my memes on there rather than here to save space on my laptop. I have about 30 memes I haven’t posted yet, and I keep seeing more pop up in my feed every day so it just seemed like a natural place to share them (if I ever figure out how). I started sharing them to prove to someone on FB that I wasn’t a “GOD DAMNED HUMORLISS ASHOLE” (caps and spelling hers). Besides, it takes away from the severity of the site – I take this blog extremely seriously.

I will continue posting personal experiences and travel photos here, but may post occasional smaller stories on that page. I haven’t figured out what to do about the Pokémon\Disney Art Academy posts yet, but posting regular photo galleries here and on the FB page seems like too much work for a non-paying job.

I currently have more reach on this blog (approx. 35 “followers” here, with 3 “likes” on FB as I’m writing this), but hopefully that will change as my blog’s page evolves.

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Moving sale

Three days ago, I put an ad on classified website Craigslist looking to unload some of my unwanted furniture. I’m well aware that I’m probably going to have to dump most of it (already contacted some hauling companies), but I have gotten at least two responses from this ad so far. Nothing has been sold yet, but it’s already more promising than my apartment listing on the same site (especially since I’m writing this post from said apartment).

In other news, I have an apartment waiting for me in Orlando. I just have to turn in my keys and fine a way to get everything down there. Do I job down there? No, but one of the major stumbling blocks I faced (illustrated by the Disney debacle from a few months ago) was that I wasn’t currently living down there. If I can get rid of ONE excuse, the others shouldn’t be that hard to overcome either – especially since this is the hardest (both physically and mentally) as well as most time consuming to tackle.

If there is ONE place on the planet where EVERYONE has an opportunity to succeed – it’s Orlando. In the coming months, I will find out if I have what it takes to seize said opportunities… or if I’ll have another Baltimore situation on my hands.

Wish me luck. Servus.


Update: I spent an hour or so staging photos of all my furniture last night (during the second half of the UM-FSU game) and posted them this morning while waiting for one of the potential buyers to show up. Hopefully, this generates a little bit more interest in them.

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Next time a new adventure

Truth be told, I should have left Baltimore in January of 2012 after being unceremoniously dropped from my year long stint at The Baltimore Guardian. The problem besides where would I go was: how do I convince my future landlord to let me rent there without a paystub as I can recall being on the receiving end of an impromptu lecture at the time from my landlord here in Baltimore:

“In order to live here, you MUST have a verifiable income – a paystub – before I can rent to you,” he said condescendingly, though I have no clue what brought this on. “Otherwise, how would I know if you can pay rent or not? If you cannot pay me rent, then I cannot rent to you, it is that simple. I will lose money and waste my time having to evict you, and I do not want to do that.”

Explaining the concept of rent to a leasee – who has been leasing from you for three years – is bad enough, but he wasn’t finished yet. Now, he was about to make the reason I should have left in 2012 abundantly clear…

“Also, I was looking at my list of rents and I realized that I failed to raise your rent in the last two years. Since I am a nice guy (who dropped my “free cable TV” less than three months into my lease and then laughed in my face when I complained about this), I will only make you pay the second years increase – retroactively – meaning you will give me a new check for this month at the new price PLUS a check for the difference between what you paid me over the last year and what you SHOULD have paid me – see I am nothing if not fair.”

I told him that wasn’t fair.

“Well, I suppose I could call the sheriff’s office and have them come and toss all of your possessions in the middle of the street. Does that sound more ‘fair’ to you?”

He was bluffing, but as he just finished lecturing me about being able to prove payment abilities I was over a rail and somehow he knew it (as I rather doubt he reads this blog).

“Besides,” he added trying to sound like he was on my side. “You are not ‘losing’ money; you are repaying me the money I saved you by neglecting to charge it to you last year.”

Yes, I’m still here (though the property was bought out and my landlord from above was fired), but my rent continued its upwards trajectory. This new landlord used a different system than then the previous one did, leading to a chilly confrontation with her standing in my doorway flanked by her maintenance guys demanding I “straighten out” a banking error that I couldn’t solve over the phone because I knew nothing about it until she shoved the phone in my face and told me to “dial.”

Again, this wasn’t my fault, but somehow it was my problem. How these things happen to me, I have no idea. In fact, if you’ve been reading this blog over the past five years, you probably noticed that more of my posts from the past two year focus on that question rather than say finding new museums or exploring new neighborhoods. Frankly, I have a problem with that.

This blog is called “The ADVENTURES of Twiggar” (after my short lived column at Ignore magazine) and yet I’m not doing any actual “adventuring” – clearly, there is something wrong with this picture!

But there won’t be much longer…

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Closing time

Wow, I just forced myself to check the site stats on my blogs: Only 338 unique visitors for my mobile gaming blog since October of 2012 (the art\theatre blog is around 1200 but it got an inherited readership… and a six month head start).

I don’t care how many people read THIS blog, but for the other two that number it is downright discouraging – to the point that it makes justifying their existence next to impossible. That’s why today when I posted on a story I wrote back in December (and dated as such), I followed it up with a simple graphic dated two weeks later (Dec 29th) with the caption “sleep tight…and Servus.”

I also plan on doing the same for the art\theatre blog when the theatrical season ends in late May, and the truth is: it’s a long time coming. I’ve been increasingly bored with the whole routine lately. Seeing shows ONLY because I feel I HAVE to, and I realized that not only is that unfair to the actors\set designers\etc. but, more importantly, it also isn’t a very compelling reason to continue writing a blog I have zero passion for.

The only problem real problem I see with this decision is that it means I’ll be unemployed (again), but like the saying goes:

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

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