Walk for Autism Research

As most know, my younger son is slightly autistic, having been diagnosed with a type called Pervasive Developmental Disorder. My brother's son is much more affected by autism.

I recently joined one of the many teams involved in the Autism Speaks' Walk for Autism Research fund-raising event. Walk for Autism Research is the signature fundraising event of Autism Speaks and is the nation's largest Walk program dedicated to autism research. Since its inception in May 2000 approximately 171,000 people have participated in Walk for Autism Research and collectively 65 events have raised over $18.3 million for autism research.

I am asking that those who are able help by supporting my fund raising efforts with a donation. Any amount will help to make a difference by advancing and accelerating autism research. It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause - you can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message. More information on Autism Speaks, its programs and autism in general can be found at their website: www.naar.org

Any amount, great or small, helps. I very much appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

http://www.autismwalk.org/site/TR?px=1208283&pg=personal&fr_id=1187&s_tafId=14772

Time oddity

Sent by a friend:

On Wednesday, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06.

Those of you with day jobs may instead observe this rare phenomenon twelve hours later. Unless your watch changed to military format while you were adjusting it to daylight saving time, in which case you’re screwed.

Weekend stuff

It was a decent enough weekend at I-CON. It was chilly, but it's usually chilly for I-CON. Last year, when it was warm enough to picnic, was unusual to say the least.

The gaming track was so very much improved from last year, in terms of layout. Hopefully Dregg can keep all that space, since it really was needed. I had a very nice time seeing some of the gaming pros I only see a few times a year, and chatting with them in an environment where I'm not rushing almost constantly. I got to meet Alex Jurkat's wife and son, who are both very nice. I'm hoping he'll be able to bring them down for D9, though that will depend on his parents who will be visiting during July. I also had the chance to meet Jamie Chambers who wrote the Serenity RPG and Steven Kensen of Green Ronin, who does a lot of the Mutants & Masterminds work for them. They both seem like very nice guys, and I'm hoping to get at least one of them to come east.

Saturday night was very pleasant. We did our traditional dinner at Tara's in Port Jefferson, with the Haumans and Aaron Rosenberg, all of whom I don't get to see often enough. Aaron will be coming down for D9 this time around. Maybe for next year we'll try to get the word out to more people, and get a proper group to go. The last time a lot of the Long Island 'crowd' was all together was at Andrew's funeral, and it might be nice to get a bunch together for something that isn't related to someone dying. After Tara's, we headed south a bit to Peter David's house, since he and Kathleen were hosting a party for the mailing list folks. I'd finally had a chance to meet him at one of his panels during the day, and he's a really nice guy. The conversations during the evening were great, and it was nice to see several more people that I don't get to see enough of, like Keith DeCandido and Bob Greenberger. Sweet guys. I really have to drag them down to D9, too.

We stayed with some friends out in Riverhead, and that was very pleasant, too. Steve and Dennis have quite a bit in common, like their love of fishing. We've made plans to go out there once or twice over the summer, so they can go out onto the Sound. Sarah and I can take the kids to the water park nearby. Or, maybe just David if the boat can fit Sean, too. I think he'd want to go fishing, instead.

For the Python fans near NYC

HELP SET THE WORLD RECORD FOR LARGEST COCONUT ORCHESTRA!

Guinness World Records will be on hand to judge this event for record-breaking status

Record to be set in Shubert Alley on Wednesday, March 22

Directly after the matinee performance of Monty Python's Spamalot (approx 4:30pm)

This event marks the Broadway Musical's One-Year Anniversary

FREE Commemorative Coconuts will be given out to all participants. (while supplies last)

CELEBRATE THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT! Join us as a Shubert Alley crowd plays a lovely bunch of coconuts. Guinness World Records™ will be on hand to judge the record-setting performance of the world's largest coconut orchestra.

Ticket holders for the Wednesday, March 22 matinee of Monty Python's Spamalot will automatically participate in this record-setting event. After filling out an extremely brief registration form, each ticket holder will receive a pair of complimentary coconuts upon exiting the theatre. Soon after the curtain comes down at 4:20pm the audience, coconuts in hand, will be led into Shubert Alley, where Michael McGrath (who plays "Patsy," the coconut-playing sidekick to King Arthur) will lead the crowd in a lesson on the art of coconut playing. After a brief rehearsal, the Shubert Alley crowd will be led in a performance of "Bright Side of Life," where they will clop coconuts in the place the song's whistles.

FREE COCONUTS!

Plenty of additional free coconuts will be on hand for people who wish to participate in this record setting event, but do not have tickets for the 3/22 matinee. Event registration and distribution of the free commemorative coconuts will begin at 3:45pm in Shubert Alley. Event participants should plan on staying in Shubert Alley until approx 4:45pm. These specially designed, record-setting coconuts are sure to become collectors' items. Guinness Book of Records' Stuart Claxton, head of US Research, will serve as the official judge of the event.

For more details, visit http://www.montypythonsspamalot.com

Oy.

It was going to be a nice, relaxing weekend to catch up on a few things.

Instead, I'm taking David and heading to my mother's when Dennis gets home. She broke her ankle today at school, and needs help with a few things. It's not that I don't love my mother and want to give her a hand, but she drives me crazy in short order. And that's when she's mobile. It's going to be a long, long weekend.

So, if you don't see me on CoH this weekend, Tasarla, that's why. It's not on her machine. :-/