Thursday, October 16, 2008

GA: Germophobes Anonymous

Maybe reading two consecutive books about pandemics wasn't the best idea I've ever had.

Explanation: I just finished Chuck Pahlaniuk's Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey which, among other things, involves a rabies epidemic. By the end of the book, I was completely aware of every possible way I could contract rabies in my day-to-day life. When I finished the book, I decided to pick up Stephen King's The Stand. While I knew that The Stand involved most of humanity dying out, I had forgotten that it was due to a government-created flu. Every time a person in the book has the sniffles, they and everyone they've come into contact with are dead within a couple of days. As a result, I am now hyper-sensitive to sniffles, coughs, sneezes, wheezes, and everything else you might see in a NyQuil commercial.

If you sneeze and I pause for a moment, I apologize. I'm just envisioning the end of civilization as we know it.

Special Blog Bonus: This has nothing to do with anything, but a friend emailed me this video of a couple's first dance at their wedding. I wish I could say I was this creative.


Jeremy said...

Maybe this is one of the best things you could have done. If you're now ultra-sensitive to these symptoms, you'll be extra vigilant against the looming threat of Bird Flu. I suggest all of your loyal readers should follow your lead and read these books ASAP.

Jeremy said...

Somehow, I knew this post would bring on a mention of Bird Flu...