October 6th, 2004

Holding a jar of peaches

Three unrelated things

  1. Last night while we were at Costco, the spouse noticed a flyer showing the dates for this year's flu shot clinic. The first one was scheduled for today, between 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and, being a firm believer in preventative medicine, I insisted we go during our lunch hour. The line didn't move very fast, many people were grumbling about its slowness, and a few were so upset they bailed out. We, however, are made of sterner stuff and did none of the above. When we got back to the office and I checked my email, I discovered a news summary from the Los Angeles Times. The top story? "Expected Supply of Flu Vaccine for U.S. Abruptly Cut in Half." I'm glad I insisted we go today; there's nothing quite like a shortage to make everyone and their dog want whatever's suddenly in short supply, even if they had no interest in that item before the shortage was announced.

  2. I walked two miles this evening. I felt pretty good afterward, which surprised me as I took what was supposed to be a single night off eleven days ago and this was the first walk I'd been on since.

  3. Yesterday, State District Judge William Morvant ruled that an amendment to the Louisana State Constitution that bans gay marriage is invalid. In response to the ruling, Gene Mills, executive director of the Louisiana Family Forum, expressed his belief that without the amendment, the public will be forced to underwrite the costs of gay relationships, including AIDS. He went on to say that while heterosexual relationships can result in children, "you don't get the equivalent in a homosexual relationship. You get disease."

    That is such an ignorant remark I hardly know where to begin. Has this man never heard of heterosexual transmission of HIV? And what about children being reared in Gay and Lesbian households? Are they so alien to his mindset that they don't even register as children?