Leroy In The Driver Seat

Posted on December 10, 2014.

Juicy Fruit reporting here. I had to change my name because Dartanyon told me earlier this year that if he won the World Championships, I had to start going by Juicy Fruit. I am not sure why, and I’m not sure he knows either.  He says a lot of goofy things.  But anyone who plows through the Cubans, Ukrainians and Russians like he did at the World Championships gets to call the shots.

I could not breath during the competition.  He was amazing, and it felt like London all over again. Actually better than London because he looked stronger, more poised, more confident.  I told him to apologize to his competitors.  A grown man should never be picked up and humbled like Dar did to people match after match.  Lisa sat beside me the whole time, screaming like a little girl and burying her head in my shoulder.

When I got back from Colorado, I took my drivers test.  Let’s just say, stay off the road and watch out for my Rav4.  I go where I want, when I want.  Just kidding.  I trained in an adaptive driving program for six months and operate the vehicle using hand controls.  My driving instructor said that I was very good, very careful.  I knew I was going to pass it no problem.  I have awesome reaction speed.  Above all, I have freedom.  For the first time in my life, I do not have to wait for a friend to be going where I want to or need to go.  I don’t need to feel badly asking people for rides.  Driving has restored dignity.  It is an amazing gift that I have been given and could also go on the list for the best birthday gifts idea

I am working on my portfolio with an artist named Isaac Oster. He is the man. He is a 3D character artist as I aspire to be. He is teaching me things that were lacking in my education.  Now that I can drive myself to a job, my next goal is to get a job.

That’s the peace. I love y’all and am thankful for y’all this holiday season.



Posing with license paperwork

Posing with license paperwork, wearing Dar’s World Championship t-shirt from the week before.

Gary, my driving tester. You can tell I impressed him. :-)


2 Responses to “Leroy In The Driver Seat”

  1. Bryan Johnson says:

    Your story was very inspiring to me and my kids. We just wanted to say congratulations on getting a drivers licence, and we hope all is well for you.

  2. Liz summer says:

    What you have accomplished is incredible…You should be so proud and know that you inspire me and so many others to keep going and persevere because you are proof that hard work does pay off. Know you are and will continue impacting so many others by sharing your story…


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