My Experience Taking Dial-A-Ride

Developing Life Skills is exceedingly important for young adults on the autism spectrum. Whether it’s preparing our own food, practicing good hygiene or advocating for ourselves – all these practices contribute greatly to our quality of life and sense of independence. At SEEDs for Autism we empower our participants to step outside of their comfort zones and become more self-reliant. Many of our participants have started using public transportation to get to and from SEEDs and inspirational stories like Daniel’s encourage others to take this important step toward independence. 

Hello my name is Daniel N. and I’m going to be writing about my experience taking Dial-A-Ride. Dial-A-Ride has provided me with a sense of independence. The first time I took Dial-A-Ride I had moderate anxiety because I did not know what to expect from them. They have a half hour window until they have to arrive. When they arrive I present my DAR card to the driver and he / she drops me off at Seeds. They are required to sign me in for safety reasons because when I sign in my boss knows I arrived at my destination safely. The bus is usually a van but sometimes they get overloaded with requests. If they are overloaded they will send a taxi as a backup for the main bus, that way I can still get to my destination on time. I would recommend Dial- A-Ride to anybody who needs it.

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Captain N: The Game Master(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the TV series Captain N: The Game Master. This TV series is comprised of 34 episodes which takes place in an alternate universe called Videoland which consists of classic NES worlds and characters.

 

The NES worlds in Videoland are Bayouland (The Adventures of Bayou Billy), Castlevania, Dragon’s Den (Dragon Warrior), Excalibur (Wizards & Warriors), Final Fantasy, Kongoland (Donkey Kong), Hyrule (The Legend of Zelda), Megaland (Mega Man), Metroid, News World (Paperboy), Mount Icarus (Kid Icarus), Tetris, Puss ‘N Boots (Puss ‘N Boots: Pero’s Great Adventure), Nottingham (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and Punch-Out!!

 

The protagonists of this series are Captain N (main hero), Duke (Captain N’s pet dog), Lana (princess of Videoland), Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Mega Man,Roll, Rush & Dr. Light (Megaland), Link & Princess Zelda (The Legend of Zelda), Kid Icarus (Mount Icarus) and Bayou Billy (The Adventures of Bayou Billy).

 

The antagonists of this series are Mother Brain (Metroid), King Hippo (Punch-Out!!), Eggplant Wizard & Medusa (Mount Icarus), Ganon & Rebonack (The Legend of Zelda), Dr. Wily (Megaland), The Count (Castlevania) and Dragonlord (Dragon’s Den).

 

In conclusion, I found this TV series to be the greatest collaboration of Nintendo games to ever be televised as a fully animated cartoon of golden proportions.

A look at some of the Videoland worlds featured on the show. This is actually the menu from the DVD set.

 

Hershey’s Chocolate by Sydney

Hershey’s Chocolate Company has been around since 1894 and the founder, Milton Hershey, created such favorites as M&MS and Krackel Bars. The Hershey’s Company is one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. Their products are sold in over 60 countries worldwide. They are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. In 1903, Milton Hershey began construction of a cocoa plant in Derry Church, Pennsylvania, which was later renamed Hershey. The plant workers and their families lived there and Milton Hershey held social events for them. They also introduced a new product, Hershey’s Kisses, in 1907. The process to wrap the new product was long and hard until machine wrapping was introduced in 1921. They added the paper ribbon at the same time to make sure it was a real Hershey’s product. Their other products included: Mr.Goodbar, Hershey’s syrup, chocolate chips and the Krackel Bar. In conclusion, Hershey’s chocolate is my favorite chocolate.

 

My Experience at the MIM by Sydney

Last Friday, I went to the Musical Instrument Museum with Quin, my hab worker and I had an amazing time there looking at all the exhibits. There were instruments from all over the world, like violins, cellos, guitars, harps, pianos, drums and many others. There were different galleries on instruments from different parts of the world like South America, Asia, Europe, Africa and The Middle East. All the exhibits had regional costumes. There was an exhibit on musicians like Elvis Presley. There was another exhibit on different kinds of music like Jazz, Hip-Hop, Country and Pop music. I had the best time looking at all the instruments. My favorite part was getting to see all the amazing instruments. My favorite instrument was the Grand Piano in the foyer.

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Batman: NINJA(Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the newly released movie Batman: NINJA. This movie partially takes place in modern-day Gotham City while mostly taking place in Japan’s feudal era.

 

The heroes in this movie are Bruce Wayne/Batman (Vehicles: BatMobile/BatWing/BatCycle/BatArmor), Damian Wayne/Robin (Batman’s son), Tim Drake/Red Robin, Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Jason Todd/Red Hood, Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Alfred Pennyworth (Batman’s Butler).

 

The villains in this movie are Gorilla Grodd (Powers: Super-Genius Intellect/Mind Control), Harvey Dent/Two-Face (Crime Boss), Slade Joseph Wilson/Deathstroke (Assassin)(Weapons: Twin Pistols/Twin Katanas), Pamela Lillian Isley/Poison Ivy (Mother-Nature Incarnate)(Powers: Manipulation/Control any & all PlantLife), Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot/The Penguin (Maestro of a million criminal Umbrellas)(Weapons: Weaponized Umbrellas), Antonio Diego/Bane (Assassin/Mercenary/Super-Soldier)(Powers: SuperHuman Strength/Extreme Resilience), Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel/Harley Quinn (Ex-Psychiatrist/Joker’s Right-Hand Henchwench)(Weapons: Pistol/Giant Mallet) and The Joker (the Clown Prince of Crime/Batman’s ArchEnemy)(Weapons: Joker Toxin “Laughing Gas”/Acid-Squirting Flowers/Million-Volt Hand Buzzer/Razor-Sharp Playing Cards).

 

In conclusion, I found this movie to show off Batman in Japanese Animation as well as at one of his most greatest & historically heroic moments to date “No PUN Intended”.

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Disney Parks Around the World

My favorite park at Disney is Disneyland!

I love the Disney Parks and Resorts, but most of all I love attractions and shows!

If you watch my montage of Disneyland and Other Parks, you’ll see that each attraction or show has a story! I highly recommend that you watch my video!

All created by ME!

 

These Attractions Consist of:

California Screamin (Incredicoaster)

Avatar Flight of Passage

Fantasmic!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission BREAKOUT!

Star Tours

Frozen Ever After

World of Color

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Splash Mountain

a bug’s land (closing late 2018)

Nemo and Friends SeaRider

Ratatouille

Toy Story Land (Opening June 30th, 2018)

Iron Man Experience

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Rivers of Light

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

TRON LIghtcycle Power Run

and

Radiator Springs Racers

 

As you can see, I would love to go around the world to an international Disney Park some day in the future, but I have to get a lot of money, plus a passport!

In Conclusion, Disney is my lifetime theme park experience, and if you catch a new ride, go to the Disney Parks and ride it in the United States or around the world!

Don’t Forget to stay tuned for a fireworks finale in the montage!

If you listen closely to the music, you’ll hear the Ellen’s Energy Adventure Music from EPCOT!

Which was closed on August 13th, 2017 with a ride evacuation!

And I hope you enjoy!

The End

by Hunter M.

Jeff’s Odd Destinations: Trees of Mystery

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If there is one thing about California, it’s that it’s probably the American Capital of Attractions, Vacation Spots and Tourist Traps. They seem to have everything to see, the San Diego Zoo, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and that is not including the famous beaches and cities. Good Gravy, Cali, don’t hog all the tourists. You’re soon gonna make the 49 other states scrape the barrel to get some visitors.

 

Anyway, enough complaining, back to business. There is one particular Roadside Oddity in the Golden State in the town of Klamath in the Del Norte County that I find of great interest, a strange woodland known as “The Trees of Mystery.” Awesome Name, right?

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The park, now claiming to be the oldest redwood nature attraction, first opened in 1931 by Carl Bruno probably hoping to expand the regions economy beyond logging (a bit ironic as we will later get to). It was originally a fishing camp but evolved into a roadside oddity/amusement park/natural preserve named “Wonderland Redwood Park” and later “Kingdom of Trees.” It got its current name in 1946 when, returning from military service, Ray Thompson bought out the park. His family has run the place since. The original attractions are various trees growing in unique and unusual ways. They include the…

  • Cathedral Tree: Nine trees growing out of a large stump in a semicircle. Easter services and wedding are held here each year.
  • Candelabra Tree: A once mighty Sequoia that fell over. Still not dead, it’s branches grow to the sky like like candles.
  • Octopus Tree: Lots of roots going this way and that way. You can even crawl underneath the tree!

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Trust me, there are too many of them to talk about right now. We need to address the starring attraction of the Trees of Mystery: the Lord of Lumberjacks himself, in person, Paul Bunyan with Babe the Blue Ox! Standing at almost fifty feet with ax in hand, Paul waves as visitors come to visit his wooden wonderland. He can tell jokes and riddles, chew the fat with folks and predict the weather (if the trees are all bent in any direction, then its windy!) Could this be due to a voice actor in a hidden room? Nah, I’m pretty sure that it’s Paul for real. The Lumberjack Giant lumbered in when Ray first got ahold of the property. He was first made out of paper-maché but fell apart within a year due to rain. I mean seriously! Did anyone not see that coming? Luckily smarter heads prevailed and Paul has been refitted with more sturdy material. It’s not completely Bunyan without Babe, of course, as the Big Blue Beef was added in 1951. He would snort and blow smoke out of his nostrils when he first came but has been on better behavior now due to scaring the kiddies.

 

These, of course, are not the only attractions available. There is the Trail of Tall Tales full of chainsaw carved wooden sculptures. Many of them tell stories of Paul and his lumber camp, but some are original creations. You can take a ride on the Sky Trail gondola. If you’re a nature lover you can take a walk in the Wilderness Trail for a walk in the beauty and majesty of the woods for the sake of it, nothing special just a normal forest. At the gift shop there is the six roomed End of the Trail Museum, containing a lifetime of collected Native American artifacts from across the continental United States. The museum is free of charge for all visitors to the Trees of Mystery.

 

Nearby is the charming, “vintage,” Motel Trees. These 23 rooms are all individually forest themed with details and beauty. Adjacent to it is the Forest Cafe for a hearty good ‘ole fashion bite to eat. Here you can have your dinner under the Klamath River or under the sky of the Redwoods…. well, OK, its individually themed dining rooms, but they are amazing. I hope they serve up a good stack of pancakes.

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Oh man, this is too cool for me to hold in. Years ago as a kid, I remember visiting the Trees of Mystery. I can still remember seeing Paul Bunyan. For quite some time after that I was enthusiastic with tall tales especially with the mythos of the lumberjack giant. You can look up more information on the website here at https://www.treesofmystery.net. But if you have seen the film Axe Giant pleas don’t bring it up. I doubt Paul is very flattered at the portrayal of him in that movie.