Thursday, October 29, 2009

Swine Flu and the Race Home

I clock out of work at 6 PM, then play a game I call "Beat the Sun Down." The object of the game is for me to get home before it gets dark enough to need headlights. I won today, although it was close.

According to the website, there have been 44,555 reported cases of swine flu in the United States and its territories. Of those cases, there have been 1,170 deaths attributable to H1N1 infection.

According to the CDC, an average of 36,000 American individuals die each year from seasonal influenza.

Pandemic or paranoia?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


I don't know if it's the season or events related, but I'm tending towards feeling funky. It's been a waste of beautiful weather.

Is this a common symptom? Should a young man find himself already worn down by the doldrums of lower middle-class life? What future am I anticipating?

I have been reading, "Lies My Teacher Told Me," and James Loewen (the author) has some really interesting thoughts on American's view of progress. He claims that we're a people who equate moving forward with getting better, but often we regress while only feeling as if we are moving forward. For example, Obama was to be a progressive president, yet we're not holding him accountable for failing to live up to those promises. It's not so much actual progress we crave, just the ideology.

On an unrelated note, kudos to Levi's for creating an ad campaign that appeals to me. I don't know who came up with the 'Pioneers' thing you're doing, but I like it.