(Oh, and Robert... that long-winded thing... That's me. I apologize in advance. In person, I usually don't talk too terribly much until I get to know you, but when I type... look out. )
So, anyway... Robert, welcome to our community! If you come to our "meetings" or whatever we're calling them, You'll see both Kim and myself, unless I forget, which has happened a few times, unfortunately because I seem to have rocks for brains. But I do try to be at every one, along with my husband Colin and Richard.
I myself am 30, and am just now coming to realize, like you, that aspergers is likely the case for me. We initially came to the group for my son, and I ended up finding Kim, a fellow old Mad Beach Middle School graduate- I should say she recognized me and I gave her that "huh?" look that I do to everyone who says they knew me from whatever school 'cuz I usually kept my head down and ignored most everyone- and we kinda clicked for that reason. (Oh, that and our kids - her daughter and my son were kissing under the table. lol) The more we hung out and did things together, the more I realized that I related with her in a lot of ways. I did a lot of research on Asperger's and, also like you, everything fit.
For Chris - Thank you for welcoming this gentleman in so warmly, it seems you've made yourself another friend to annoy.... I mean play with. Just kidding. We all know you're the coolest. And by the way? Living in Florida? Yeah, it can be pretty cool... But it gets effing hot this time of year. Don't listen to Kim about the cold. The coldest it gets, especially in this county is maybe in the mid-30's, maybe only a handful of times a year. You might be lucky enough to see frost from the fog on the grass. That's it, no snow, at least not but for maybe once or twice a decade or something. Trust me, you pray for those days. At least I do. No, I was not born and bred here... but I've lived here since just before I turned 5, so just trust me on this one. We are some of those "crazy" people who go to the beach in the winter because a) there are very little people and no one kicking sand in your face, and b) Richard prefers it that way. I have pictures of him as a baby, naked, splashing in the water in February. We swim at Christmas. It's not as bad as she says it is, I promise. And BTW, congrats on your CC run! You did great!! I haven't run a mile that fast since middle school... and will probably never again either. Heh.
And Kim, don't mind me raggin' on you just a lil' bit, It's just this thing I do. I do it to Mr. Colin true bred Floridian too... "Oooh... it's 70, I gotta go get my leather trench coat or I'll freeze to death" It sends me into gales of laughter and then I start rolling on the floor. Truly. We visited Indiana once when there was a light dusting of snow on the ground (Maybe mid-upper 30's), I had a long sleeve shirt on, carried a jacket, and he's bundled up like that fricking kid on "A Christmas Story" and asking if he can use my jacket too. lol...... You Floridians make me laugh. I guess my Indiana blood still hasn't left me after all these years after all. *hugs* And mornings? I haven't gotten along with mornings since I got a 2nd shift job about 10 years ago. I got used to those hours and my body seems to want to stay on those hours ever since. Unfortunately all of my jobs since then have been morning jobs. Ugh. Including parenting. Why is it that Richard wants to sleep in during the week and then get up at 4 or 5 AM on the weekends? Why? WHY I ask??
Anyway, my long-winded way of weghing in on all of your conversations.... hope I managed to hit all the highlights.