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It WILL *own* you

by Stephanie Stricklen

Posted on October 11, 2007 at 6:44 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:43 PM

I'm feeling a little en fuego today, so bear with me as you read this..

Just think if there was some horrible accident or crash or explosion or something that killed 36,000 of us. Just like that. I mean, that's just beyond the scope of imaginable, right?

But the flu kills that many people every single year, and because it happens slowly and often quietly in hospitals and nursing homes not a lot of people pay attention. And I've heard allllll the normal excuses for skipping the shot: it doesn't really work, I'm healthy and don't need it, etc. etc.

Well, it does work. It doesn't give you the flu. The government is not trying to place locator beacons in your arm, so you can remove the foil from your head. And if you're so healthy, then you know what-- don't do it for yourself. Do it for the person you might pass along your 'mild' case to, should you get it. Before you ever even know you're sick you are contagious.. did you know that?? Yup. You're a total germ-spreading factory for like 2 days before your body starts reacting. And your 'mild' case might just level someone else.

And by the way: 90% of the time when you tell me you have the flu.. you don't. You have a cold. God's honest truth on that one.

Off the soapbox. Thanks for humoring me.

Flu shot info:

Since Halloween is my favorite holiday.. McGorge Scott really nailed it this time by emailing this photo!! He says his little practical joke only made one buck nervous!


I'm pooped by the way.. emceed an event last night for the OBC and I think the "decaf" I was supposed to have was actually leaded. Like I need caffiene. MIDNITE before I fell asleep. That's probably why I'm punchy this morning.

Janice checked out the WedMD article on the wrinkle busting foods and wrote about one of the doctors: "Susan H. Weinkle, MD.. says it is difficult, if not impossible, to prove that specific foods affect wrinkling one way or another."

Thought it was funny that a person with a name that could be pronouced as 'wrinkle' is a dermotogist commenting on wrinkles.

Kirsten wrote about Light the Night: Light the Night is a wonderful walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. I have walked with a team, Team Kevin, since 2001. That was the year my late husband was diagnosed with lymphoma. . This was our sixth year of walking. Sadly, it was also the fifth year since my husband had died from lymphoma. LLS is a great organization that helps a lot of people and their families that have been diagnosed with blood cancers. It was nice to see you mention it and have a link to it. I wish it could get more press here in Portland.

Blog buddy Joe (and new dad) writes: Are you a big airshow buff? You should take your crew up to the Abbotsford Air Show outside Vancouver B.C. some summer! Me and my buddies go occasionally! It's a great show (and since it's in Canada, everyone is very polite!) ;-)

Oh yeah. Abbotsford- CHECK. More than once, too. And yes, those Canadians are sure an easy bunch to get along with-- if I could stereotype an entire country ;-)