I've never gotten a flu shot, even though they provide them free at work, and every Walgreen's or Rite-Aid or urgent care center in the area provides them for under thirty bucks. Part of it is terror of needles, part of it is my tinfoil tendency to wonder exactly what they're injecting into me, and part of it is that since I don't ride on public conveyances and don't go out all that much, I'm at less risk than some.
So when my throat started feeling scratchy last Saturday, I popped a Hall's Ice Blue and tried to will it out of existence. But the next five days have turned out to be Bad Cold trajectory. Sore throat turned into congestion, which turned into faucet-nose, which turned into crushing fatigue, until only now am I starting to feel somewhat better. Perhaps the homemade chicken soup had something to do with that.
I still say it's not the flu, though. I've had no fever, and I haven't been crouched in a fetal position wishing I was dead. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.
I've been too heartsick about the unfolding story of the Christmas Day fire in Stamford
that killed three children and their grandparents to care much about anything else, least of all the clown show in Iowa, where it's clear that the fix is in for Mitt Romney
, no matter what happens
So here's what's going on out there.
A must-read from The New York Crank
about police brutality against war veterans in the Occupy movement
: Resistance is fictile
: Don't kid yourselves, Ron Paul is not Howard Dean
explains Embracing the Crazy in Iowa
on the moron
who thought that the open-carry law introduced in the House that would force states without open-carry provisions to adhere to the laws in the states where visitors come from had been passed already. (Funny how the gun nuts' reciprocity enthusiasm does not extend to abortion or gay marriage.)The Wifely Person
(don't miss this one.)Karen Garcia
: In Mitt Romney's corporatist utopia, Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie will be selling Froot Loops and Happy Meals to your children
And finally, Monique Morrissey: 10 Lies About Social Security