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IMG_4858This guy, maybe some of you know him? Today is the day that he turns as old as me. While he doesn’t like the limelight (as if you can say this blog is the limelight LOL) I cannot let the day pass without wishing him a Happy Birthday.  I cannot imagine a better person to share this wacky, rollercoaster of a ride through life with than this guy. He makes me laugh, makes me feel safe, he is my biggest fan and my best refuge from the big bad world when I need it.

He has given me the three best parts of my life.

I cannot wait to see what adventures we share in the years ahead.

When I say that I love you it is not out of habit or to make conversation. It is to remind me that you are the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you — Happy Birthday – Even if I am just pretty okay.





I am going to preface this post by saying that I totally agree that what the man did was wrong, horrific and he will sit among some of the most horrifying murderers that have paved paths in history. I realize that our world was forever changed by his actions and our country suffered a national and personal tragedy on September 11, 2001. None of us will forget the horror, loss, sadness and despair that characterized that day and the days that followed for so many people that lost loved ones.  Was his death warranted? Was his death justified? Not a question.

That being said, am I the only one that feels a little odd that we as a nation, are reveling in the fact that we murdered someone? We are dancing in the streets and partying and celebrating the fact that we (our country’s special forces) killed someone. Isn’t that a little odd? We are celebrating the death of a mad, insane lunatic of an individual. We are celebrating, not unlike he and his followers who, I am sure, were dancing, singing and rejoicing when they destroyed buildings, planes and murdered thousands of our people in our country on September 11, 2001. Does this make us the same as them? They too celebrated death and murder and destruction that day.

As I read the stories in the newspapers and saw the pictures and video accounts, my stomach turned just a little. Yes, there is satisfaction in putting an end, hopefully, to the reign of terror and senseless killing that marked his way. But celebration? Partying in the streets? Thousands of people cheering and chanting? It honestly turned my stomach just a little. We didn’t dance in the streets like that for other reasons — true celebrations, celebrations of life — yet last night, many fled from homes, dorms and businesses onto the streets to celebrate….. a murder?

Did you notice how there was a lull in what was reported in mainstream media about the H1N1 or Swine Flu in recent weeks? In the past few days, however, there has been a flurry of news articles related to the flu, approximations about possible scenarios with the flu in the United States and more information about the flu as it strikes around the world. There has been particular attention to the countries which are facing winter or just coming out of winter at this time of the year.

Perhaps I have been married to a paranoid man for too many years and it is beginning to rub off but I have to say that the recent news is rather scary. Projections from the US government are anticipating that approximately half of the population will contract the flu and 90,000 will die from it. Okay, that might seem horrific to some and not so bad to others. Perspective. What scares me is the information released today from the WHO which is touting that the flu is hitting those who are young or otherwise healthy and going directly into the lungs. This is counter to the demographic that traditional flu strikes. This scares me since I have a husband and a son who both suffer from asthma so they already have respiratory problems and a virus that is pretty much bee-lining for the lungs scares the crap out of me. The statistics released that most of those individuals are requiring intensive care unit attention in the hospitals in these countries is even scarier. ICU is reserved for the sickest of the sick. The ones that need the one-on-one monitoring that goes with the unit. This is very frightening to hear.

“Data continue to show that certain medical conditions increase the risk of severe and fatal illness. These include respiratory disease, notably asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and immunosuppression,” WHO said.

The figure of 90,000 US deaths is rather startling since it is more than double the national figures for deaths from regular seasonal flu. While certainly not the Black Death, the swine flu seems to be of concern, more than not.  The CDC was quick to maintain that the quote of 90,000 deaths was a worse case scenario projection…blah, blah, blah, but one has to wonder if the government was doing some backpaddling there to avoid hysteria.  Feedback?

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