Told You I Was Sick.
"In all affairs, it's a healthy thing
now and then to hang a question mark on the
things you have long taken for granted."
- Bertrand Russell
to get the flu like Job got a gentle ribbing from Yaweh.
I would spend weeks single-handedly
driving up the stock price of Proctor & Gamble through
my incessant use of Kleen-X. As a normal, American male I
thought I could just fight it off eventually, but "eventually"
to involve a trip to the doctor after about the third week.
Then in December of 2000 I flew to Paris for the holidays
and (I'm guessing) caught the flu on board the aeroplane.
I suffered for a couple of days before I had my hosts contact
to the apartment (!!!!!), did a quick examination, told me
I had influenza, and gave me a handful of prescriptions.
cost was about
Yeah, that's the kind of health care we all deserve.
So the next fall I got smart and started getting regular
flu shots. They worked like magic and for the rest of the
was flu-free... until this past New Years Eve.
From what I gather flu shots are a lot like condoms. They
work great most of the time but occasionally one little clever
bugger gets through and the party is on! That's what happened
as I and my sweetie twirled our tootsies off at a post-Xmas
bash amidst a hundred other sweaty polka/cha-cha/samba dancers.
freak mutagen blew past Security and proceeded
So my New Years Eve involved a pizza, a GF who seemingly
never gets the flu (Grrr!)and the Muppet Xmas Carol. Twice.
(Director's commentary.) All in all, it coulda been a lot
I'm on the mend now but I'm not depressed about it. I still
have faith in the immunological system and I'll be there
next October when it's time to roll up my sleeve at my local