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Archer

Home Alone

By Archer

After some prompting my parents they decided to leave me home alone while they went away on two trips recently. Since this was the first time that they’ve done something like this they used this as an opportunity to see if I could take care of everything without them. The first night they left for […]

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To Tell or Not to Tell

By Archer

Recently I was with a group of Aspie friends and there was a common theme amongst them. Many of them shared that they had, at one point in time, been fired from their job. They all seemed to have accepted that being fired was part of the Aspie learning curve. Most were fired because they […]

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Camping

By Archer

For the past couple of years my parents and I have been camping. So far we’ve only camped at Assateague Island in Maryland, but it’s one of the most relaxing things that I’ve done. Usually we stay for two nights and sleep in tents while visiting the nearby towns, Berlin and Ocean City. Setting up […]

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Hyper-Focus

By Archer

One of the most prominent characteristics of my Asperger’s has been the “hyper-focus” that occurs in many people on the spectrum. The best description that I have for hyper-focus is an almost obsessive/compulsive desire to do an activity. My hyper-focus has been both a boon and a curse when considering the various things that I’ve […]

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Pets

By Archer

Through my life there have only been a few friends that have stayed by my side in almost all parts of my life. Those friends are my pets. Everybody loves their pets, but I’ve found that I have a special attachment with mine. As far back as my memory goes I’ve had a total of […]

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Is Traditional College for Me?

By Archer

Over the summer my parents and I decided that I would take a gap year, but during that time I would enroll in my local community college for a class or two. I enrolled in English Composition 101 for the fall semester. I met with Disability Services so that I could utilize their support system. […]

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Hosting a Party

By Archer

This December my parents hosted a Christmas party at the retirement home that my grandma lives in.  Both of my uncles on my mom’s side were invited with their families along with my sister’s boyfriend.  This was the first family reunion that we’d had in several years and we wanted to make sure it went well.  In the […]

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Managing a Social Group

By Archer

Managing a public Meetup social group is not an easy feat.  The meetup that I established with a friend has reached over one hundred members in nearly two years.  With so many members we have to cater to different personalities and preferences when organizing events while maintaining control of the site itself. The meetup itself […]

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Losing Winter

By Archer

Not too long ago I had to put one of my dogs down.  Winter had been dealing with several tumors and we finally decided that it was time to let her go.  She’d been in our family for twelve years and had been cherished for every moment. My dad was away when Winter tore a tumor off […]

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OVR

By Archer

This summer I decided to leave my job.  It became clear to me that there was no opportunity for advancement given the specialty of all the available position.  After I left my job I decided to use part of the summer to rest and relax.  During that time I realized that I had absolutely no […]

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Vermont Trip

By Archer

Is it possible for an aspie to break their day-to-day routine successfully?  Yes.  This summer I took a trip up to Stowe, Vermont.  It was the first time that I’d been up there, but that wasn’t the most significant part of the trip.  The most significant part of the trip was that I was in close confines with my […]

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Employment Journey

By Archer

Within the Aspie social group that I belong a topic that frequently comes up is people’s work experience. A theme that nearly all of them have shared is getting fired because they couldn’t meet the social requirements of their jobs. I started towards my current job in my junior year when I shadowed my boss […]

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The Wedding

By Archer

Last fall I went to what could be called the wedding from hell. I didn’t have much interest in going to begin with, which probably should’ve been an indicator to my parents that I shouldn’t have gone with them. My mom insisted (demanded) that I go because the wedding was for the daughter of her […]

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Get out of the house! No.

By Archer

For most of my life my parents have been trying to get me out of the house and socialize with my friends. For my part I’ve resisted their efforts most of the time. It’s the deeply held belief that a “normal” kid should spend a lot of time with their friends that makes my parents […]

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You’ve Got a Friend in Me

By Archer

What is a friend? The general consensus is a person that you enjoy spending time with and sharing experiences. But to Aspergers individuals the people we call friends can vary widely. I’ve only had a handful of friends outside of my family. One good friend from first grade, three friends from high school, my girlfriend, […]

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