7 Quick Takes Friday: The Flu Edition

I’m feeling dull and still flu-ish, though thankfully the vomiting has stopped, so these might be dull and flu-ish as well. Sorry.

The Plague
I’m not so sure that reading Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book was really a good idea for me. I have a horribly overactive imagination, particularly when it comes to my children, so since reading that book I’ve been checking their armpits for buboes anytime they have a runny nose. There’s something wrong with me.
Do you guys remember Outbreak? This movie began my pseudo-survivalist paranoia that I now battle on a daily basis. But leaving that aside, I’m sure this was Patrick Dempsey’s finest hour. Everything else he’s been in has pretty much sucked. Especially Grey’s Anatomy. Haven’t they canceled that show yet? Even Katherine Heigl couldn’t make it better, and when she can’t make something better you know it’s doomed.
This time last year, my mother-in-law was pretty upset with me for not getting the H1N1 shot. But I just couldn’t do it. I don’t trust pharmaceutical companies, and the fact that they distributed a practically untested vaccine against a virus that had just appeared a few months before really made me nervous. Add to that my general inclination against unnecessary vaccines and my knee-jerk reaction to not do something when the government tells me that my children and I will die a horrible, horrible death if we don’t, and you can see why I didn’t go for the H1N1 much-hyped vaccine.
Then I was vindicated when, in an episode of V, the government (which had been infiltrated by giant lizards disguised as humans) puts some sort of genetic component into our flu vaccine. Leaving out the part about giant lizards, this is not implausible. I mean, it could happen. And it makes me really suspicious that the government is so heavy-handed about pushing a flu vaccine that, at best, protects against maybe half of the various flu strains that bounce around each season and can’t possibly have been thoroughly tested since they change it every year.
You Might Call Me
a conspiracy theorist. You might be right.
I think characters who are conspiracy theorists are easily the most fascinating and entertaining characters. Take Hodgins from Bones. In it’s worst moments, he’s the only person that makes the show worth watching. In it’s best moments, he’s still the most enjoyable presence in the show. I’m not sure if that charm translates into real life, though. This actually could explain my recent dearth of friends. Maybe people think I’m less a charming nut and more like
A Crackpot
So in an attempt to make amends for these lame-duck quick takes, here’s a heart-wrenching video in honor of Veteran’s Day.
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Thank you to all of our troops, those who came home, those who are still fighting, and especially those who will never come home.

“Then, as we receive from this altar
the sacred body and blood of your Son,
let us be filled with every grace and blessing.”

(For more quick takes, go see Jen at Conversion Diary)

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15778596300503008018 J M Yaceczko

    When kids hug for that long, man. I just cried for ten minutes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11889780681891693861 Sarah

    I love this. Especially the part about "Outbreak". I was deeply impacted by that movie as a 12 year old. You are right on about Patrick Dempsey. :)

  • Anonymous

    Hahahaha!!! I just watched Outbreak last night! No joke! It's so funny when you watch a movie from the 90s and someone really famous now just has a cameo…I was watching Curly Sue last week and Steve Carrell plays a waiter!! Vic

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12557248434888642114 Melanie B

    So sorry about Doomsday Book. I feel responsible. I can see how if you've got a very active imagination it would really work on you. Though for me I think the fear would be much more about the scary flu they got in the future rather than the bubonic plague. Definitely don't ever read S.M. Stirling's Dies the Fire. That book almost did me in and I'm pretty unshakable. I don't think I ever saw Outbreak; but the vaccine thing in V made me think of something I read recently on some blog about the WHO using vaccines to sterilize women in 3rd world countries. Pretty scary stuff. Especially considering your recent post about the guy who said anyone on welfare should be sterilized.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14002502880940663585 Brooke

    Wow! Thanks Calah for the 10 minute crying session!!! I enjoy following your blog!!! Hope you get to feeling better soon!