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( Sep. 19th, 2014 01:12 pm)
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Got the long brake line from front to back replaced but not bled.

Start Sam up to power-bleed them or at least pressurize them so I can bleed them at the master cylinder. Look under her for leaks...WTF? It's dripping in the middle. The line I used was a roll of line so no unions there...wait...smells like gas. Fuck.

So turn her off and check and discover that one or two of the three gas lines spray fuel right where they make an "S" curve above the frame. *sigh*

Well back to the drawing board. The nice thing is that Sam is from 1993 and her fuel pump is not super high pressure. That means I can replace those lines with heavy duty fuel hose which is well within tolerances. Also two of the three lines are low pressure lines anyways. So...hose it is..just not today.

Have to get cleaned up so I can go see my daughter march in the Homecoming parade with the Best Buddies group of kids who partner with special needs students.

Speaking of which I have AWESOME news! This year the one special education group has had to hand off most of their students to actual special ed classes within school districts. The teacher for my daughter did an assessment and promptly moved her up to the advanced class! This would have never happened in the other program and I'm genuinely happy about it.

On top of all of this my wife is insufferably proud of her size 12 pants. An truth be told I'm proud of her as well. She's shown that she's serious about losing weight and is sticking to it.
18:23 PM 02/17/2011

Why do I get the impression that this country is going downhill fast?

I just found out that the recent HR 1 budget stuff includes complete and utter recission of all the WIA funding and contracts.  That means making it as if it had never been.

That also means there's a very likely possibility that the training places will have to pay back the money and pass that debt on to the students.  If that happens that leaves me with what amounts to a student loan to pay off.
<lj-cut text="Drowsy Drippings...">
WTF is all this coming to?  I mean it's almost like the forces in power are ACTIVELY choosing paths that are pushing towards a revolution in this country.  Every action they take seems to be stupider and more selfish leaving the people of the US no other choice but to forcibly replace them at gunpoint.

I just don't know...

In a slightly brighter vein I saw actual bright sunlight today and the snow has melted enough off the driveway so I can get the car out without having to move my wife's van.  And the sump pump happily cycled on and off as expected today without so much as a hiccup. Considering the trouble we've had in the past that's a welcome thing.  Need to start plants the end of this month or the beginning of next month.  Hopefully I can provide enough warmth and light.

Warmth and light...

That's something we seem to be short of in this world of late.  Most good things grow in warmth and light and without them wither and die.  We need more things to grow.

Fell asleep on the futon in the library for an hour or so today.  I must have been really worn out because I didn't even stir.  Thankfully our daughter (who's home until Tuesday - wtf?) is old enough that she doesn't get into too much trouble now.  She did eat the chocolate I had saved for my wife which I feel guilty about not putting up out of the way but other than that she didn't  get into anything else.

And that's another thing I'm seriously concerned about with all this budget stuff.  Part of the reason my daughter is doing so well is there are a lot of people working with her.  We may grouse about the school but in truth they do quite a lot with her.  If their funding is cut then my daughter will likely get "shelved" so to speak.  That would be disasterousfor all concerned. :-(

-I can't get involved! I've got work to do! It's not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there's nothing I can do about it right now. It's such a long way from here.-

So my wife was the one that went to the last teacher's conference because I had to stay home and watch our daughter. (This was right around the whole time when Henry started becoming ill.)

Among other things they told my wife they were concerned about her higene and I just found out today that my wife overheard them being concerned about the fact that I, every so often, threaten my daughter with a "size twelve rocket launcher" so to speak.


Here's the thing. While I may get angry... While I may get incredibly frustrated... While my daughter's actions may try my patience to no end...

I will never do more than perhaps slap her hands. And even then it's usually an immediate action designed to stop her from doing something dangerous.

The reason for this is very very simple - I'm a "child of the belt". Meaning I was spanked with a leather belt many many times when I did things wrong. And while it did teach me to obey it also taught me to understand that there has to be better ways than violence.

I will never subject my daughter to that. Ever.

So while I may yell, scream, stomp around, and threaten, I will never raise a hand towards my daughter. I can count about a dozen times in her entire life that I've ever slapped my daughter on the hands. Every one of them was when she was doing something dangerous. Examples include reaching into the boiling pot of water, climbing on a chair and almost pulling something down on herself, and reaching for an electrical cord among other things.

Everything else is handled by making our daughter sit away from her TV without her books or toys. This timeout is very effective and, with some frustrating exceptions since her transformation into a teenager, often prevents the actions from reoccurring.

I annoys me that the teachers are so willing to believe I'm an abuser. Obviously none of them have ever come from a family of angry Italians or yellers in general.

Frankly I'm angry that because I'm passionate about things and that since my emotions are close to the surface they regard me with disdain. I suspect they regard my wife as such for other reasons. Hell we're probably labeled as "problem parents" because we choose to get involved in our daughter's education rather than leave it to "those who know best".

On top of all this my daughter is incredibly cunning and has a tendency to play people against each other. I've watched her do it repeatedly with my wife and I. Most children do it in that context. But I've also watched her play "dumb" and play her teachers against us. So not only do I have defuse situations between my wife and I but I have to defuse situations between her teachers and us because she has them completely snowed.

Tina - you are being taken for a ride. My daughter is INCEDIBLY good at playing dumb. Don't believe her when she tries to convince you that she can't do something. Don't believe me? Sit down and read an advanced subject while sitting next to her. Then out of the blue ask her to read a paragraph from that book. You'll find, provided she doesn't catch on, that she can read that paragraph with the exceptions of words she doesn't know. If she refuses to read it then tell her "first read then" the then being whatever her favorite reward is. You'll find that she can read when properly motivated. You're wrong about her reading capacity.

In closing on other topic...

My daughter and I are both on the autism spectrum. Obviously we're different. Period.

But there ARE similarities and I often recognize problems from when I had to deal with them in their lesser form.

But...I'm ignored on that topic as well under the heading "Well he's just projecting his autism on her.".

No. I'm not.

I know my limitations and my issues. And I take an exceptional amount of effort making sure that I don't confuse my issues with hers.


But likely I wll be ignored on that subject as well.


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