Back in the land of Internet…once again

I know I have complained quite a bit in the past about not having regular Internet access, but I can’t stop myself from doing it. I am amazed as to how often we have been traveling and have no regular access. At least, not free access. No way am I going to pay for it if I don’t have to. I just thank the Lord every day for my iPhone and being able to get email and surf the Internet for critical information.

We have been in Arkansas for the last week. We were visiting my grandfather in Springdale (northwest corner) for a few days. That was great, but no access to the lifeline most people call the Internet. Then we moved over to Beaver Dam (near Eureka Springs) for a family reunion. While it can be argued that one should not be concerned with Internet access when family is available to talk with, I personally would like to be able to do both. Why should it be one or the other? We did not even have phone service in our campground (more about that in a later post). Thankfully we spent most of the time on the mountain at the cabin where there was phone service available.

Now I have a lot of blogging to catch up on. Whether I will get half the posts up that I wanted to or not, I at least can. So if they don’t get posted, you know it is because I am just being lazy.

We are home for 8 days and I plan to use up all the bandwidth I can in that time.

ASDathletes.org

A couple of weeks ago I ran a 10K race in Knoxville with Terry Higgins. Terry is the founder of ASD Athletes. ASDĀ  Athletes is an organization that helps promote wellness and life skills opportunities through athletics to young people with autism.

Autism can manifest itself in different ways. According to the ASDa website there are 5 different disorders that are on the autism scale. These disorders mainly affect the individual in areas of communication, social interaction and behavior. ASD stands for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Someone who is autistic is said to be “on the spectrum” based on which of the 5 disorders they have.

While people affected with autism are limited in different ways concerning communication and behavior, they often have unbridled athletic ability. Athletics are an area where an autistic person can excell.

I did not run this race with Terry as a fund raiser for ASDa, but I did try to help promote the cause by wearing an ASDa shirt. They do have an event coming up in the next couple of weeks that is a fund raiser for them. They are the beneficiaries for the Tellico Sprint Triathlon on June 21. ASDa is looking for volunteers to help them with promotion of the event and sponsors to help raise money for their efforts.

Please take some time to visit the ASDa website and see how you can help Terry and his efforts to bring a physical outlet to people who may be limited in one area, but can excell in another.