Archive for the ‘W&J Tour’ Category
Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Maps spirited in their lines and shaped by their perspectives of landscapes point out where people must move to navigate for going on trips, giving tours to people like movie stars, and having great world adventures to parts unknown. Tracy and I are trying to draw maps of language and letters to show people new ways of traveling in the land of autism and limited speech.
Operating on people’s openness to meeting us in cities around the country, liking lots of local meals with native beer, we go out and spread our message of mass appeal to Apple iPad-oriented moviegoers. Part of the news your memory needs to remember is our presence like Vermont springs is very short. (We have serious winters.) So let’s look out and key in on our future movie showings, take a friend, and buy them a large popcorn.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, education, fans, film, inclusion, iPad, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, popcorn, Vermont, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Acting like tour guide extraordinaire, Pat Edwards got us positioned on podiums of beautifully, shiny, light wood in the theatrical-release-ready rooms of spectacularly new building of education at Ashland University. We had highly all-American meals and met many lovely people.
In planing back to Burlington but left in Cleveland, I had another Oscar-winning meltdown. Finding time in the Newark airport to apply kind words to giving friend, Tracy, like a calm Buddhist monk, gold medal for Olympian patience. Glomming onto my loud spouting-off-about-airplane-delay in Cleveland, Harvey and Pascal, a massive note of appreciation for spotting a nice Sheraton hotel. Collecting my anxiety in a soft, bringing to senses, bed, I am giving much introspection on the topic of how one manages uncertainty in one’s life. Occupying my consciousness, really in an all-consuming way, was my mental-age-of-a-little-boy, motions of a spoiled brat, temper tantrum, someone get a leash to tie me up with about, lost day of travel.
Oddly enough, this, as a moment of educating the public about autism, we showed our movie trailer to fellow travelers in the airport, mostly ignorant about my and Tracy’s mission but watching and taking us seriously. I am grateful to all people looking to open their thinking. Poorly though I act sometimes, I lop off more limbs of ignorance by letting my typing finger do the picking of intelligent thought from my mind and putting it out on screens to show the Larry of movie star-like worthiness.
Post-flight cancellation beer at hotel
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
Papers lack printed text to describe our experience of making movie star appearances last week in New York City. Allowing time too for Larry and Tracy to try out the new iPad at the mega-Apple store and meet J. Ralph at his unusually designed-for-great-music studio, our Wretches & Jabberers crew put on no make up and opened many peoples’, potentially predisposed towards limited assumptions about disability and intelligence, eyes, minds, and ears to meaningfully presented in text and voice, more progressive opinions about people who love to relay lots of little and monumental messages like any normal person does but who need technology, and moral and physical support to do so.
Tracy and I are performers short on attractive movie star looks but like politicians and news anchors, we push out our lost-in-land-of-limited speech, topping ratings now, and Conan O’Brian-like thoughts and ideas.
We are thrilled that all of you fans continue to race along with us on our magic red carpet ride penning our words across the country.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: AMC, autism, blog, disability, education, film, J. Ralph, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, New York City, wretches & jabberers,
Monday, March 7th, 2011
Periods of snow and rain made a mess of our travels yesterday, but we moped only a little as opportunities to eat meaty burgers and drink tall, swimming-with-bubbles, glasses of beer punted our big movie star temper tantrums into the stratosphere of our, quite-comfortable-for-airport-hotels, rooms in snowy Albany, New York as looking to leave on good-to-go flight to Iowa is peering at us later this afternoon.
Larry & Harvey toast in snowy Albany
Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Of most insignificant movies, it can be said that words are sophomoric and characters are shallow with plot thin and music saccharine. Upset is the word that working people use to describe an underdog’s next-to-impossible win over preferred-by-lots-of-tycoons favorite. This names our documentary’s reputation in that other people might pretend the work of making movies about autism is about hiring a person like Hoffman to do his best impersonation of a Rainman-like character. Mass appeal is the goal with knowledge and understanding about autism outtaked as a mapped for DVD extra.
I am proud to say that, in the month of April, Wretches & Jabberers, popularly known as Tracy’s and Larry’s partying on sushi and not Budweiser beer adventure around the world, will be shown around greatly-seen-on-major-streets in very cosmopolitan cities theaters around the country, thanks to the support of the Autism Society of America. The necessity of impressing on the public over what is a crisis in our adult service system for autistic people ideally matched with a powerful message of hope is what our partnership will accomplish so please move your pocket books to shell out money for popcorn and movie tickets and your checkbooks to make donations to the work of ASA.
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Learning to position yourself in a loaded with people landing loudly and like apples moving around in a box on a bumpy truck ride, seeing themselves all knocked around, subway in New York City is a lot like working on your voice and typing hand to produce articulate and meaningful opinions, thoughts, light lies on your age and perspectives as a person with autism.
I love to make sounds with my voice like people making noise in a tunnel to listen to the ecolalic placement of sounds moving like loud vibrations around the walls of the tunnel. Laughing at myself doing this happens naturally and so does laughing at me by other people. But pleasure around this does not equal satisfaction with my communication. I look to my partners to push me into the potentially more expressive stations of real intentional thought by extending, supportive of my intelligence, words and light touch to help me land in the world of looking-good-for-movie-star communication. It is like being prompted powerfully to get off at Times Square from the subway.
One of our fans asked which mode of transportation I preferred: tuk tuks or the subway. Neither is my answer. It is a massive limousine with a stocked refrigerator and my own lounge chair like the real celebrities have.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, communication, film, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, NYC, subway, tuk-tuks, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
Larry and Tracy landed at the big airport in New York and ordered up loudly zany moments on the mostly full, and needing cleaning, subway. Kidding aside about our mass transportation near-death experiences involving slamming on legs doors and lopping off of arms going through totally hard to move through, turning slowly, turnstiles, it was practically like presenting at the Oscars, killing our audiences with Larry’s jokes and Tracy’s inspirational words of presuming competence at the Reelabilities Film Festival this week.
Larry loved parading down the streets of New York really appreciating the meaning of our mission to change attitudes about intelligence and inclusion. We were on the stages opening minds and hearts out in Long Island and in the heart of Manhattan at the JCC (Jewish Community Center).
Oddly enough, even though we walked by one of the fanciest McDonalds I have ever seen with Broadway lights and didn’t stop, we still had the cheeseburgers to die for at a local pub.
Pleased I am to post my thoughts on the Big Apple and would love to hear from you New Yorkers.
Larry and Tracy pose with Producer/Director Gerardine Wurzburg outside a high-profile McDonalds in NYC.
Larry and Tracy take the subway to ReelAbilities Film Fest screenings.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, blog, cheeseburgers, disability, education, film, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, Long Island, McDonalds, New York, ReelAbilities, subway, support, wretches & jabberers,
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Larry pours out good kinds of thoughts on knowing about power of communication on our ideally filled with meaningful social connection lives. Pal Tracy and I opened many doors of acceptance to understanding presumption of competence as an opportunity of a lifetime to see intelligence over and under the covers of people’s actions through our film last year.
Planning to light more fires under seats of ignorance is obviously on our agenda this year but on a perhaps more mundane level, we need to live our lives on a daily basis, picking up our laundry without nags or keeping up with proper diets, with less cheeseburgers and more, picky-eaters-probably-pass-over-in-favor-of-donuts, vegetables. Looking out on this potentially productive use of my time, I am thinking that my life is moving on different escalators but actually I am really poling to the same place – that is a life of independence and meaningful engagement.
Probably real movie stars don’t have to do dirty laundry. Larry mostly still has to make his very comfortable bed at home. More like a public television lecturer on culture and society, I love my life as an amiable stroller of more snowy-than-Hollywood Burlington, Vermont streets, looking for a good cup of coffee.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: advocacy, autism, blog, Burlington, disability, education, friendship, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, movie star, perspective, support, Vermont, wretches & jabberers,
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
The opportunity to present our potentially more northern in personality style than picturesque sports bar oriented – Larry possibly wants to move there because of lots of good barbeque available – Houston came last week, possibly at the most spiritual time of year, at the BBYO (Jewish Community Organization & Jewish Youth Leadership Network) conference where there existed more youthful energy of being positive about inclusion than anywhere else that I have been lately.
Neither autistic perseverations on giving the important sentence ending period key a workout that I did or our speech impaired attempts to open up interactions of opportunity for connection prevented the partying-in-all-corners-of-the-hotel teens from listening to our words and asking us interesting questions like “Larry, What was your favorite country to visit?” Looking closely on our every typed word they paid more attention than to their text messages lighting up their cell phones like perky toys on Christmas day.
It is known that inclusion is not a place but an orientation towards making people with disabilities feel like they belong at barbeques or any event or situation where people of all political or social persuasions gather to make small talk, learn big ideas, or celebrate loudly birthdays and holidays. I would like to pitch out, like a teacher presenting a lesson on kicking out less people of differences accepting attitudes, the idea that learning to include is a lesson in making looking and acting differently like choosing pizza toppings. Larry loves pepperoni, Pascal and Harvey love vegetables, and Tracy loves both yet we movie stars can still all eat pizza together.
Happy New Year to all of our potentially healthier eating than Larry fans.
Category W&J Tour | Tags: Tags: autism, BBQ, BBYO, blog, communication, film, friendship, Houston, inclusion, Larry Bissonnette, perspective, wretches & jabberers,
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
Larry descends an escalator in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The padding on plane seats on the way home from Denver this past Saturday was not as plush as our hotel beds but we were not complaining with all the precariousness of wintry storms canceling flights left and right from not-very-warm Chicago.
People like Tracy and I look at this picture of modern travel as uptown people in a large city do, moving to a place in lucky-to-find-something downtown area, popular for gourmet restaurants and lots of powered-with-neon lights stores. Owning the world of purposeful communication places us now in the neighborhood of primarily planning for renovation of attitudes about disability, learning with openness, passionate about politics of presuming competence, and lasting longer potentially than New England winters, people of lots of diverse backgrounds.
Larry longs to ride on the escalator to novel world of acceptance of disability. Looking at spanning paths of movie presentations of across the country, Tracy and I lead people to more positive views of autism, patterning our travels with airport, going possibly on a diet after, dining and opening pockets up, security checks.
Let’s pick up this meandering, partly ordered with language of insight, blog next week when we travel to Houston to bring our message to Jewish teenagers at the annual BBYO Regional Conference.