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#1 Dade

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 12:47 PM



Zev and Justin
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Zev Glassenberg (26); Justin Kanew (30)
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif. / Los Angeles
Occupation: Unemployed/VP of Production and Development for National Lampoon
Relationship: Friends

Zev and Justin's friendship started six years ago when they were working as camp counselors and the two have been very close ever since. Zev has Asperger's Syndrome, but they don't let it affect their relationship. They share friends and interests, and the friendship is as mutually beneficial as any could be.

Zev is an avid sports fan especially basketball and he has an intense competitive spirit. He describes himself as funny, modest, and loyal, and is running the Race to prove to himself that he can do anything.

Justin prides himself on his patience and his ability to problem solve. He admits the biggest difference between he and his partner is that Zev is not great in large groups of people one of the characteristics of Asperger's while Justin is very easy-going and can assimilate himself into any group.

Outside of the occasional trip to Vegas (where Justin took Zev to lose his virginity), neither has traveled extensively, particularly with one another. Their relationship is spontaneous and unedited and resembles one of brothers more than friends.

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#2 SugarB

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:26 PM

Could be interesting, especially in places like India where there are huge crowds and not a lot of personal space. Hope he does okay though.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:52 PM

I'm going to cheer for this team. I bet the determined, focused fixation syndrome of Asperger's serves them well in competitions.

#4 SugarB

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:59 PM

^^^ Good point.

#5 ElleNaturelle

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 07:11 PM

I think the social aspect will be a greater hindrance than the ability to focus...which might bite them in the @ss also if he can't let something go and try another avenue. I think they'll be rocky for sure but interesting to watch.

#6 SugarB

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 07:49 PM

It just depends. I used to work with a guy that had Asperger's and he has learned to adapt so well that most people wouldn't even know he had it. He just seems like a kinda quirky guy to most. I think the biggest challenge will be the crowds and loud noisy places.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 10:50 PM

Gonna cheer for them as well. Will be interesting to see how they do interact with people in other countries though.

#8 symanticc

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 06:44 AM

People like to cheer with people with Autism.



#9 SugarB

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Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

^^^^huh?

#10 scifichick

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

My son has Aspberger's, so I'm hoping this team does well. The social part will be their biggest obstacle.




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#11 SugarB

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:43 PM

Yeah, if they go to India or China where it's wall to wall people in the cities, it could be very difficult.

#12 erinjs

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 10:04 PM

Love love love them. My fav team thus far.

#13 Marty

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 04:10 AM

So far so good and I like the little humor. Good luck guys.

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 06:28 AM

At one point Zev sounded just like a young Jerry Lewis! He's a sweet kid, giving the guy on the bus his jacket. I want them to win so they probably won't.

#15 superstaaar

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 08:07 AM

One of my fav teams! Just liked all aspects of them so far...I hope they keep it up!!!

#16 erinjs

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 12:17 PM

And he is handling himself and not being able to his routines fabulously so far!

#17 FLYNWA

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 02:31 PM

This is my 2nd fav team!

I think they are just all around cool guys!

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 08:40 AM

It's rare for me to watch a whole season - just catch up here and there as it goes on
(too much running and jumping and climbing, etc. over and over).
I usually don't mind if I've missed an episode or part of an AR show....
but... this team will keep me tuned in.

As Marty mentioned... loved their humor and also how well they're tuned into each other.
Hope they're in for the long haul.


Had to look up Zev's disorder - not familiar with it.

Wikipedia:
Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, and people with it therefore show significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

#19 SugarB

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 09:07 PM

It's important to remember that Aspergers is on a wide spectrum. A lot of folks think "Rainman" but that is only one aspect. Most people with Aspergers are VERY intelligent, but have trouble with social situations. Sometimes that is because they can't "read" social cues, other times it is because they have sensory issues - like extreme sensitivity to noises, etc.
People with VERY high functioning Asperger's are often not even diagnosed until later in life -- they learn to compensate and fit in, and often just seem a little odd or eccentric.
But again, each person with Asperger's is different (much like the rest of us - we're all unique and different).

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE (Mendes56 @ Sep 28 2009, 07:28 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
At one point Zev sounded just like a young Jerry Lewis! He's a sweet kid, giving the guy on the bus his jacket. I want them to win so they probably won't.


He really does seem like a sweet kid, him giving that guy his jacket was one of the sweetest things ever! I love this team and I'm definitely rooting for them. I think the relationship that these two have is really awesome, Justin seems like he'd be a good best friend to have. smile.gif




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