Monthly Archives: October 2009

I ψ#$€ shots

I absolutely, positively (shouldn’t it be “negatively” though?) do not like shots. Of any kind. You’ll note that I did not use the word “hate” as we try to convince our kids that it is such a harsh word that we have to be careful how we use it. So, since I can’t really tell my kids not to use it and then turn around and do it myself, let me just repeat for the record that I really, really, really dislike shots. A lot.

I can’t remember when my emotions for shots became so strong, but I do remember a near-encounter with fainting when I had to have my bloodwork done before BJ and I got married. BJ had already given—or had it drawn, or whatever you want to say—and I was doing so. The nurse was so worried about me—it seems I turned pale as a ghost—that she made me sit down. I don’t remember being pale, but I do remember breaking into a cold sweat.

I still don’t like them but I can tolerate them. I still get the cold sweats when I have to actually give blood or have a needle in my wrist or in the fold of my arm. Apparently, I do not have “good veins,” which loosely translates to my veins are small and they have to dig around to find them.

So I shouldn’t be too upset when my kids scream and holler about their shots.

When the kids were younger, we’d been having some serious “winter” issues with colds, runny noses, RSV and other such and the doctors recommended the flu shot. So we all got them and had a much different winter. Oh, we still fought with colds and such, but about 50% less than when we didn’t get them. So we’ve gotten them every year except the year they ran out.

But anyway, we were in the habit of going and this particular year—about 4 years ago—Brett got his shot first. He’d been doing pretty well and we managed to keep him distracted so that he didn’t even see the needle go in. But when he felt the pain—talk about screaming! BJ had been with Brittany and I had him in the hallway waiting for Brittany to get hers and trying to calm him. He was screaming—until he heard his sister screaming. And he just flat STOPPED! He wanted to see why his sister was screaming. From that point on, he was done screaming and crying (for that year, I mean). It was actually funny to watch him just stop!

However, Brittany had gotten big enough that BJ couldn’t really hold her and so we had to swap. I handed Brett off to her and proceeded to the shot room. Brittany was in such a hysterical state that the nurse had me actually lay down on top of her just to hold her still! The funny thing is that since she was crying so much she didn’t even realize when the nurse had done it and she was still screaming when the nurse told her she was done!

Yes, we’re going tomorrow to get our yearly flu shots…fun!



Filed under Columns

The great thing about science fiction

It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I’m a big science fiction fan. And while I have nothing against it, I’ve never really had an appreciation for the “fantasy” side of things. Oh sure, there’ve been a few that I really enjoyed; Lord of the Rings is probably the highest on that list. I’ve just always been more in to aliens and spaceships than wizards and elves.

Often, fantasy and sci-fi are lumped together—probably because they’re that way in the major book chains. And while they aren’t necessarily siblings, sci-fi and comics are definitely in the same family. Cousins? Maybe even step-siblings. Thing is, they all draw the same sorts of readers. The stereotypical comic/sci-fi/fantasy reader is one that is a bit reclusive but well-read. And while there are a lot of readers of that sort, I think thanks to Star Trek and Star Wars, the genre has probably come a little more into the mainstream (even though I think comics are doing a reversal—but that’s another blog for another day) and is more widely accepted.

I may be a bit reclusive, but I don’t think anyone who knows me would put me in the “shy” category.

But I’ve just finished reading a collection of sci-fi short stories. I have a particular love for sci-fi of olden days. Sci-Fi today—for the most part—just doesn’t seem to have the stuff. Old sci-fi tended to be on the cutting edge of THINKING. These stories didn’t rely on Harlequin sex scenes or Richard Pryor style swearing…they put forth interesting ideas and neat reflections on society.

For instance, in 50 Short Science Fiction Tales, originally published in 1963, Isaac Asimov foresees homeschooling as is done today. His story, “The Fun They Had,” was written in 1951. Set in the future (the future of 1951, of course), two kids find an old book—one made of paper. The kids then discuss the stories grandpa told them about meeting in a classroom full of other students and lead by a human teacher. They then return to their “teacher,” which is essentially, a computer. While I don’t know it is this way exclusively, most homeschoolers I’ve talked to have their regular lessons from a cd or dvd in their computer.

There are certainly other examples of science fiction anticipating the future. I don’t want to say predicting, because I don’t think that’s the right term. Instead, I really think they imagined cool things—not just things that seemed impossible, but things that could happen. Everyone knows of the cool gadgets from The Jetsons cartoons, but I think one of the coolest has to be the video-phone. We can do that now via—for free even!

But, the granddaddy idea of them all must be the cellphone. I say granddaddy because it seems everyone is using them today. But it all started with Captain Kirk!

1 Comment

Filed under Books/reading

Evolving for global warming

A sudden realization came to me while driving late one night last week. Now, because of that revelation, I’m confused as all get-out about the global warming alarmists. To wit:

To hang with me on this, you’re gonna have to agree that the majority of those screaming loudly about global warming are also believers in the Theory of Evolution—it IS still a theory folks, even if they conveniently leave out the “theory of” in most of our textbooks now. Plus, it’s never been proven…so that still makes it a theory. To continue to chase that rabbit, I once heard a guy describe it as a religion. His explanation was that the evolutionists laugh off creationists because they say it can’t be proved…yet at the same time they believe in something equally unprovable. So, now we have the religion of evolutionism. Soon there will be one on every corner!

For the record, I happen to be one of the millions who believe in the young earth idea; that the earth was created in six days of twenty-four hours each and those six days were only roughly 10,000 years ago. We’ve got recorded history for most of that time and the scientific explanations are just as plausible to me as thinking Clinton’s ancestors were apes. Mine weren’t—his might have been.

But, here’s my predicament: if the evolutionists/global warming screamers really believe in evolution and aren’t just wanting to contradict folks who believe a religion’s theory (and yes, I do believe there are some out that like that), what are they worried about and why are they screaming so loudly about it? If evolution and global warming is true, and the ice melts and the waters rise and the temperature rises as they claim, won’t we just evolve with it? I mean, what, won’t we grow gills or something? If we came out of a puddle of muck, and have survived meteor crashes and dinosaurs and multiple ice ages…surely we can survive the thermostat a little.

But you know, I don’t discount the idea the earth is warming completely. But I think we’ve got a very big case of Chicken Little going on. Whether the earth is 10,000 years or 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years, man has only been tracking temperatures for a little over 100 years. That’s hardly enough record to prove one way or the other.

The funny thing is that I seem to remember only about 25-30 years ago when everyone was talking about the quickly oncoming ice age. Yes, they were talking about how the glaciers were coming our way and we’d be covered in ice. I honestly don’t think they were prognosticating the animated movie that came out a few years back. Therefore, I guess in the last 25 years we had our ice age and are now moving into the global warming phase. I guess Macy’s will have a sale on summer wear!


Filed under Columns