I am itchy all over this morning. I already have to use All Free and Clear on our clothes, and I take allergy meds, so I don’t know what’s causing it. I see a dermatologist, too, Dr. Hand. He’s very nice. That matters to me.

My first dermatologist was brilliant, a game changer for me. I used to travel to Massachusetts to see him. But as time went on, I don’t know why, but he became very unpleasant. Rude. It just wasn’t worth it, anymore. So I finally had to say, “Forget this.” And change providers.

I get that people have bad days. But when all your days are bad, and you become notorious for your total lack of bedside manner, it might be time to retire or change practices or careers, get a hobby, take a yoga class. My brother wouldn’t see him, either, because of his attitude.

I just go to Dover Skin Health, now. I used to see Dr. Campbell. Sadly, he died. He was not old. I don’t know how he died. I think he may have had Asperger’s. There was definitely something different about him.

I know they don’t call it Asperger’s anymore, but I still do sometimes. Would it be high-functioning autism, now?

As a former special education teacher, sometimes I can identify autism in adults. I knew quickly that James Durbin, the rockstar on American Idol, had it. I could tell by the way he interacted with the camera while being interviewed. You can tell J. Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. has autism, too. But I think probably most people know that.

Both of those guys are amazingly talented. I’ve seen J. Mascis perform twice: once when I was pregnant with Desmond, and then in Prescott Park on a 100 degree summer night. It was still a nice night, though, out by the water. We didn’t really notice the heat. As usual, I’ve gone way off on a tangent.

I’m kind of always itchy. But usually I’m able to ignore it. I think Desmond is the same.

I used to have a back scratcher. That would really help a lot, in all those places I can’t reach. But I haven’t seen it in years. It’s probably in the basement with all of the other stuff that never made it upstairs after the move.

Anyway, I hope you’re having a nice, laid back Saturday morning. It looks like it might rain on seacoast NH. I don’t know what we’ll do today, but I know I have plenty to do. Talk later.

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