I made a paper frog and ladybug once and I also used to run through sprinklers with a kid named Lukie. It was pretty lit!!!
I've taken to picking up litter, whilst humming a tune, many a fine day. Learned how to use a skateboard for a kick-stand to climb trees too. And from time to time I vote with my wallet - red white and blue!
This one time at Cyrax Heights, Puru I jumped an 11 foot canyon from an elevated crag known to the locals as peak o' de gallo! There were witnesses.
Life at my apartment adventure includes cooking delicious meal ideas, cleaning up my space and the general living area, and getting out into the world: skateboarding, playing golf, seeing movies, going on a hike to the end of the rainbow. I know in my heart of hearts that I can handle any curve ball life throws at me! That's why I say "yeee'eee'eeat!!!" I will be Publishing a short Book within this year with Bluff Books Ltd. I am just like Neo from The Matrix, I do whatever I believe is possible! I mean, heck I even got myself a pretty lil bell - Mz. Matilda C. Ayhause and all I can say is thank God she's Foreign, she has so many unique ideas perspective and GOD that accent! 2ndly she's top baller, life gets complicated but us two can make this thing work. I'd have it no other way 86 times 86 times Matilda and me! We are putting forth our best effort! Tu Kari, her mother and Mr. Marnick, her father gave me their blessing. I love you, M~. Love is at our side. Adulting takes work, I am fooling myself if I think a great life will all come easy. As human beings we are often attracted to status and thirst for higher status can blind us to the success we've already created in our lives. I do this sometimes. You probably do this sometimes. Don't make a mountain out of a mole hill. Press pause for a moment, let go, and give thanks for the beauty within and all surrounding! Jesus knew this, he shouldered our burden and forgives & inspires all. There is none of your acts so evil an Christ hasn't forgave you. You are loved more than you could ever know. Jesus performs an excision of sorts. He fully repairs our soul and makes us his children forever. Perhaps your Christ is Jesus of Nazareth, then again maybe not. Is there only one right way to believe? That would be absurd. Hand me another soda pop and let's listen to some music. Turn another page,
Matilda told me some incredible stories about her home land: with her high-powered multi-dart fire-lance she kilt 2-foot-squirrels. Apparently they were delicious & the pelts fetched a pretty penny! As things were in Pallorinda, there were so many cactus strawberries and bogue pineapples the local squirrels could grow even bigger, some the size of corgis! Many even ate goliath beetles and tarantulas, protein sure is incredible. Glad between a few odd jobs and her sporting gains she made enough money to come live with me in the states! A couple weeks back we broke into an abandoned movie theatre for some hijinks
Me, Matilda and her brother, Brainer like to play Cards Against Humanity as well as Jenga. We've sure had some epic Mario Party 7 tournaments. Shit, we even play Cribbage! M~ is a real nerd - she loves butterflies, digimon, and she's even writing a novel about a fox named Zachary who is a virtuoso kazooist with a flair for drama. Eventually Zachary realizes the kazoo is cursed, making every sixth friend to hear it played suddenly vanish. Zachary is so conceited 'tis a little too eventually... because in all he makes 14 friends just disappear before he gets wise! Such is his love of performing and taking center stage. So he tries to smash the kazoo with his car, tries to puree it in a blender, tries incinerate it with a blow torch, tries to dissolve it in a vat of acid... Nothing! The kazoo is always in perfect condition. Finally, Zachary brings the kazoo to a priest who exorcises the demon from the kazoo - by chanting the holy psalms whilst tap dancing and squirting holly water on the kazoo with his trusty waterpistol. Those 14 friends o' Zachary all reappear in good health. The curtains close on our dapper compadres eating a fine meal and toasting to marvel of words. "May they best be used to convey imagination, ingenuity, mirth, and respect!"
It's fun to watch her sitting at her laptop, drinking her black coffee, and illustrating her characters in the Krita program. She even longboards how cool is that?! Just wish I could do enough tricks to keep up. Spirited competition and plain old cooperation does it just right for our lot!
Zoinks, because I am approaching 30, I realize lifestyle is key and that I must respect myself mind, body, and spirit! Even though
The Don is not a model or super-athlete...
I am taking even more long walks and preparing my own food with a lot of vegetables. I also keep yummy fruit annnnd...
mixed nuts around Diet and sleep are crucial components of health and emotional wellbeing mmkay. The better my health, the better my music! A healthier Don is a Don that practices his guitar and keyboard chops, has already gotten gigs, and is becoming a SoundCloud legend! Cleaning, Organization and other "normie adulting" skills have grown leaps and bounds also. On the other hand it is important to slow down and smell the roses sometimes. I keep my creative spirit and inner child nourished. Just ask anyone who has heard me ad-lib a goofy song, they'll confirm it. Word!
Matilda collects baseball cards, supers up old computer towers, and has a way with birds. We hiked the Texan Blandlands last slumber. What I love about her, apart from letting me play 90's era arcade games on that two-screen-machine, is that she keeps me guessing and she's so original. More importantly - she's kind. As plumb amazed be I at her grace somedays she bugs me. Like, "shut the front door you rotten to the core!!!" She is my patchwork girl of Oz, truly a sight for soar ears. Sore ears? When she's gave me a hug I know I can do no wrong. Most natural painkiller what there is. Love.
About last house early during early Covid19 period: is odd & I am just trying to do my best during these times. I was out of work for months, but recently I have just started up again. It feels good to get out there and make some cold hard cash! Calling and video chatting my friends and family really helps in these times. I use Netflix Party watch and chat tool with my mom, really helps us connect. My dad and step mom came over to eat lunch on our back deck the other day. But we stayed at a distance and after I disinfected the chairs just incase. I have to be vigilant to protect myself and the people I see day to day from COVID-19. All guitar lessons and medical appointments have been through online video. Is it just me or is there way too many different video chat apps?! I don't go into stores much right now. In my dojo I clean door knobs, light switches, and other surfaces with bleach water daily. I find little ways to entertain myself all the time. Today I just learned how to automate volume swells and panning left to right in FL Studio the easy way. I have shared the tutorial that helped me learn this on the Donny The Neoclassic Facebook page. Recently I purchased Toxic Biohazard synth from the FL Studio team. I continue looking for ways to enhance my fusion techno, rap, remixes, and live pickin'-n-grinnin' folk and blues! Are you too a musician? Stop on by the many music 'school' pages I have here at Neoclassic! Or check out Jokes For You, Zandaboxxy, My Writing (after all there's not a lot else to do! + Don't forget about the 'More' tab:)
Amidst other things, I have Asperger's syndrome. I am far from being a stereotype! It is not the only thing that defines me & I usually don't mind having it. In my case I don't have too much trouble making good friends. In many ways I think it helps me be the smart, creative, gifted person I am. Symptoms of this disorder include rigid thinking, hyper-focusing, some level of social impairment, and special interests that we often have an extensive knowledge of. As a matter of fact Asperger's has been nicknamed the "Little Professor Syndrome" because kids on the spectrum often know so much about these interests and could talk for hours about them. I believe I have above average IQ in a few areas, for instance I am very creative and a musical wizard, good at working with computer programs and online applications, I express myself very well in writing, I know a lot about rocks and minerals, I am good at art and making necklaces! I am also quite the comedian and have many jokes memorized! But IQ is not everything just ask your pets! They don't give a damn if you're no Einstein! The value of a person lies more in their capacity to love. I'm the "kind kind" of rebel and there is so much more great things about me! Sometimes I deal with the nonverbal aspect of autism, for instance instead of saying excuse me when somebody is standing in my way I might awkwardly eek my way past. I am becoming more aware of this and how to speak up for myself. I don't always pick up on sarcasm but most of the time I know. I might react to a joke as if it were a serious comment even if a part of my brain registers that it is a joke. I have a hard time with romantic relationships even though I am usually quite the considerate gentleman; I'm just not what you'd call a pick-up-artist (probably a good thing haha!) And I might be a little more reserved in the romantic sense at first. I don't cheat and I have always felt like I had a dog-like loyalty. I am still learning though and it is a fact: nobody's perfect.
Here is another draw-back:
I struggle with obsessions from time to time, perhaps due to also having bi-polar and generalized anxiety disorders. Once my mind gets a hold of an obsession it can be hard to let it go even if the thoughts aren't rational. I wrestle with these demons and I might have a hard time opening up. I am very happy to have great staff, family and a therapist to talk with about these issues. If "the perfect storm" hits and I am sleep deprived and overwhelmed by my life there can be what's called "Asperger's Shutdown"
Well in the past now, I have experienced a few Asperger's shut-downs, moments in my life when my mind wasn't working as it should and my behavior could get bizarre. My mind could get stuck on obsessive idea which would play on repeat. Lack of sleep or a sudden, major change in my life can bring on a shut-down. What is a little concerning is usually I don't see it coming. I think I am getting better with my awareness of this and making responsible life choices and lately I've been doing awesome! Taking care and ease with myself has made all the difference. I deserve to be happy no matter what. If there's anything I've learned from all this, it is that troubles always pass and you don't have to solve every problem all at once. "Trying to immediately "solve it" under stress can land you in a situation with even more fresh garbage... LOL!!" - So said the redneck-jedi ;)
Anyways, I really have my life together, and haven't had major issues for five years. I do still have moments of poor judgment, but I snap out of it more quickly now. I greatly appreciate the help I have had over the years from Mains'l services; they have helped my life shine! ... (mostly)
I work at Lupulin brewing! It's pretty legit: stacking the beer on the pallet or weighing the beers to make sure they are the proper weight, cleaning up after a run, and counting out cans and lids; it keeps me engaged. I am also very proud of my hard work and usefulness there. WHY DOUBT MY OWN GREATNESS?!?! The people I work with are very friendly, interesting, and just generally cool! I kind of feel like I am working with a bunch of hippies which, like Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing!" These folks have become true friends in my little slice of the world. I get to enjoy a "shift beer or shift soda" with my co-workers after work wraps up for the day. It has been nice to visit and share things with all the colorful characters there, I am accepted - 'Tis Epic!
I also currently work part-time at Options Inc. and have done a variety of job sites: USDP- a distillery, Best Western- cleaning hotels, Holiday- a gas station, Medline- a medical warehouse. Other things I've done at Options are Culinary Delights- an organic gardening job, and sometimes jobs in center such as chicken kits. Before working at Options I worked at Walmart in the produce department. I made a lot of cool friends there and I'm thankful for that time. I think I could have done some things faster but overall I know that I went out of my way to get customers what they needed and I cared about how the store looked. It gave me more work skills! During my work at Walmart was also when I conceived and first built this website.
Before getting services with Mains'l I used to live in Cambridge with my mom, step-dad, two wonderful cats, and a great dog. At the time I lived there I volunteered at a thrift store called Family Pathways where I cleaned up the store. One time without giving any warning I grabbed a skateboard they had for sale and skated around the are on a little "adventure" Later, I seem to remember being out in the woods playing a slide whistle when I got a call on my cellphone. I flipped it open and it was my mom. She was worried sick because I didn't tell anyone what I was up to and I'd commandeered this skateboard! It was at a rocky point when I was in and out of normalcy. I didn't know where I would live once mom and Al moved to Arizona.
When I was on my game I enjoyed playing my step father's banjo and watching Two & a Half Men, Big Bang Theory and Burn Notice with Al and mom every evening. I went to a local support group in Cambridge which supported an "umbrella" of different life issues. I also took courses with The Loft, an online writing class and I've posted some of my works on this website. Now my step-dad and Mom live in New Mexico and I still live in Minnesota. And BRRRRR it's FREEZING!!!
Independent Living Skills
I am also taking better care of myself in regards to my physical health. At the date of this writing 9/27/2019 I have lost over 30lbs! I do yoga and sit-ups as well as brisk walks or skateboarding, sometimes to Gamestop to do trade-ins for some quick cash (and the audience giggles).
I am also cutting back on social media and taking more time to relax AWAY FROM THE PHONE it really calms me to listen to certain types of music or binaural beats just laying in bed. These damn phones are so overstimulating! Don't forget to UN-PLUG (said this nerdy goober in an update to his website)
But one handy thing about technology is the ease of ordering goods! I have ordered a tongue drum, slide whistle, and a very nice rosewood flute all from Etsy.com! I may explore selling necklaces I make there or even try and sell a few CDs. A few people have seen first hand and many people have seen on my Facebook that I own a sitar! I go live on Facebook playing it and the reactions I get from people are priceless. Yes I am definitely a collector! I have two MP3 players and numerous CDs also. I enjoy popping a CD in my Xbox 360 and playing one of my game downloads like the new remixes of Galaga, Pac-man, and Asteroids. Gaming and reading are ways I can shake things up instead of always just working on music! The brain needs variety. I am also writing creative works on Wattpad.com!
"Nostalgia here we come!"
A bit I wrote about being quite young-
At 8 years old I remember morning and my mom saying "Donald don't dawdle!" Did I ever hate that word! I was still yet a sprout, living in a small neighborhood with a pretty good circle of friends. If only I could just play with my friends always and not bother with school. I remember bringing in a catapult I made with k'nex to show and tell; I remember cheating off another kid's spelling test once. That wouldn't be the last time I cheated at school!! I had several RC cars from Tyco RC, the centipede the super rebound and this tank one. Dad taught me about rocks: granite, quartz, chert, flint and agate. We enjoyed "rock hunting" at local quarries. I also had broad rimmed glasses like you might see on some random person back in the 1960's! Good times. This one time I picked up a bottle cap that earned me a free Pepsi.
But where was I, I'm an excellent musician! I've got effects with an avid key studio keyboard. I also play a Casio Privia and The Panasonic Blue. I've made epic EDM & dubstep songs in FL Studio. I love making EDM although I do not consider myself a master. Instrumentally I've dabbled in classical, jazz, and psychedelic. But really I'm more about electronic music, rock, and folk! Ooops almost forgot I'm also way into avant-garde and I love to sample circuit bending or mutate the audio of my songs! I compose original music for piano & keyboard or write a song for voice and guitar.
I enjoy hosting music parties where I get to perform as well as playing at the occasional open mic. Celebrate Recovery has also been a neat opportunity to use my talent.
I like to longboard in the summer time. I know how to adjust my board and I can even do a few tricks, like the "hippie-hop" the "nose-bleed" and the "riff-raff"! Dance this mess around
One of the duo bands I'm in, Psychodelix has released songs:
"Serve The Servants" "Technapotamia" & "Kreep Into Fever" and we are currently working on something REALLY BIG! Actually bassist Mark (Moxxie) Anderson has moved to Florida. But thanks to the internet the band will continue making music! Stay tuned.
I'm in another duo band called Don't Panic. We play together now and then, and record our own brand of spontaneous garage rock!
Psychodelix and Don't Panic fused to form The E-ville's and we played a show at The Pour House in Minneapolis. It was kind of rough around the edges but still rad! I played keys and drums, but it's kinda hard to drum when ya got no snare! ( They hadn't got everything out and set up on the house drums XD ) Our underground supergroup is on youtube, reverbnation, as well as hosted on my SoundCloud and you haven't heard the last of us!
This post details a vacation to Las Vegas with my buddy Mike:
The summer of 2016 I worked as a sandwich chef at Quiznos! I was proud of having a job where I could prepare delicious food for generally friendly customers. I also enjoyed having generally friendly co-workers. One thing I had to learn was speed during the lunch rush. I also had to learn recipes for all the different subs. In times between orders I would clean the prep table, dining area, and dishes. This job was fun in some ways but stressful in many others, because Aspergers don't usually like fast paced situations. Ultimately I quit the job with 2 weeks notice, but my manager said he was very impressed with my performance! I'm proud of my experience working there.
Special Olympics Basketball
As of this writing I am pretty tired I had a basketball tournament yesterday and I played really hard! We totally creamed Tyler's team; it was a slaughter! Sorry Tyler (He's my best friend, we give each other crap.) Following the game I hung out at my old place with my buddy Neal and we watched Robot Chicken. I'm glad to have today off work for Presidents Day. Tyler, Kyle, John and I all hung out at John's Saturday and played Halo 4, watched Brothers Grimsby, rode bikes, and played Apples to Apples. After that I went out for drinks with Mike and Dustin. Good times!
Olmstead Academy 2017
In the beginning of Olmstead there was a tarp holding down balloons weighed down by bricks. The balloons had good things like "independence" "freedom" "Friendships" and our names written on them. The bricks weighing them down had barriers written on them such as "can't choose where I want to live" "can't get rides where I want to go" "isolated from the community". We read some of these bricks and then after we read them we all grabbed a brick and pulled it away. The balloons went flying up and out all at once. It was a beautiful sight and an awesome metaphor. I am excited to be a part of this change in the world!
Our Olmstead Project
It was an honor graduating Olmstead in my group, The Monticello Ligers, and performing our skits at the Court House in St. Paul. Our skit was about our Tour of Homes to show people with disabilities how they could live on their own but still receive support. In my team's skit, Ashlie and Dustin placed bricks with the benefits of increased independence written on them reading them aloud. Then I boomed out, "I'm the guardian and I say no!" This illustrated a major barrier for many people with disabilities- often we want more, but the guardian gets afraid that we can't handle it and puts the kibosh on it! What is important to remember is "The Dignity of Risk." We deserve the opportunity to get the most independence and integration we can with the community. With the right supports in place that should be realistic. I know that guardians are only doing what they think is right too; it's a tender issue. I know they must get scared, but I believe people deserve a chance.
In August of 2018 I released my CD, Phrosty Muzak!
I ordered my record through Oasis CD and had them remaster the songs sweetening up the sound & mix. It was also great seeing my music on something that looks like you could get it at the store! In the past I've burned countless CD's on my laptop and even labeled some of them myself. Once in a while I could convince somebody to pony up money for one. Usually I'd just give them away. With Phrosty Music, however I sold almost every copy. I only gave away one once in a while, usually if I figured it could help my career as a musician. Mainly I sold my release because I personally paid the money to get them made. I also did the work to ensure all of the songs were in the correct format. I also had an irksome hiccup with those darned UPS! In the end it well worth the effort and I am so proud of Donald James Neu's Phrosty Muzak!
Turning a profit from my music has been nice.
I am currently "home-brewing" my second official album & I'm pulling all the stops!!! YOLO
I am growing as a person and gaining hella more independence. Noting mindfully: the interweaving of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Always remember gratitude and self respect I must! Word to the Mothra Flockers.
So, as the Buddha said, "A jug fills drop by drop."
working the Banana Gangnam Style at Walmart!
Enjoying a meal at Olive Garden with Jayne