November 13, 2017
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Hey, hey, what fun, it’s time for episode 328 in How To Think and Type At The Same Time, brought to you by the Marginal Results Foundation where their motto is “Sometimes, Doing Nothing is Better Than Trying Anything.”
Just got my flu shot today, after a few weeks of Loving Reminders from my dear wife.
“Okay, you’ll be getting the High Dose today,” said the Nurse cheerily, looking over my papers and apparently noticing my age, which in dog years is still a young-ish pup.
“What does that mean, I’m a geezer?” I replied.
“Oh no, it’s just that people in their mature years (I’m hearing ‘geezer’) have a bit of a drop in their natural immunity, so CDC recommends a higher dose of vaccine for them.”
“But I already get allergy shots once a month,” I said, puzzled. “Three at a time. Doesen’t that help out the immune system?”
“Well, it does,” she agreed, “but only against the allergens that you’re sensitive to. The flu virus is not an allergen.”
“Hmmm,” I said, stroking my chin. That’s my thoughtful look when I’m thinking of something intelligent or at least smart-alecky to say. “But you’d think that if the immune system is revved up by the allergy shots, it might just knock out anything else that might happen to come along.”
“An all-purpose disease fighter, huh?” she inquired, obviously humoring me as she took the cap off the little syringe.
“Yeah, exactly,” I said, pleased that she realized what a sharp cookie she was dealing with. “Kinda like WD-40. It works for almost everything.”
“Well, it’s a good thought,” she said, “but last I heard, the CDC hasn’t approved WD-40 for medical use.”
“Hmm, they should. It’s a little stinky, but it might be good for arthritis. I mean, not INJECT it, just rub it on your affected areas.”
“I’ll pass that info along to the Doc,” she replied. “Okay, which arm?”
“Uhh, left I suppose. No, no, right, ‘cause I sleep a lot on my left side.” Too late. She had already jabbed me.
“There might be a little soreness for a day or so,” she said, “but otherwise you’ll be fine. Thanks for coming in. I enjoyed visiting with you.”
“Oh, say,” I said, thinking of another concern, “are there any new really and truly effective hair restoration meds out there?”
She looked at me thoughtfully. Poor old geezer; he needs help. “Well, that’s not really my field, but you might try rubbing on a little WD-40.”
Good response from you this week, more than we’ve had in a month or so. Let’s survey the results…
Lots of you loved the video game question. Kim was first in with the correct answer: Pong, which in 1975 was sold only through Sears. Over the next few days she was followed by Dale, Bill and Steve with the same answer.
Terry got ‘Peter Pan’ as the restaurant/grocery on the NE corner of 19th and Williams. In the first draft of this last Monday I had it as ‘NW corner,’ which would have been Brit Spaugh Park, but you figured it out pretty quickly, even with my faulty directions. My GPS wasn’t working. Dale, Mike and Mark also got it right.
Congrats to Julie, who knows ‘toxicologist’ is the name of a scientist who works with nasty and dangerous substances. Good work.
Steve got ‘Bloody Mary’ as Count Dracula’s favorite adult beverage. I had put this goofy old gag in the Halloween week edition, thinking that someone would get it right away, but it took a little longer.
Mike rounded out the responses with ‘DeSoto’ as the car used by the Cunningham family in early episodes of ‘Happy Days.’ Yep, a classic late ‘40s split-windshield number, even. My Dad had a ’53 DeSoto for a few years in the late ‘50s. It had one of the early ‘hemi’ engines, which went on to racing fame in the ‘60s.
Well, you’ve wiped out all my questions, so here are a few new ones:
What was the little restaurant on the SE corner of good old 19th and Williams? There are at least two correct answers to this one.
What technological innovation of the early 20th century was founded in part by a young man’s desire to get his girlfriend’s ice cream to her before it melted? HINT: this happened in the upper Midwest.
What top ten song from ’65 about a male from a metropolitan city became a top ten hit again in 1981?
What Presidential scandal of the early ’20s actually resulted in highly-placed officials going to jail?
Okay, one more: what early Kansas health pioneer even had paving bricks printed with his message on them?
I guess that rounds out this week’s ‘message.’ As usual, please reply to any of this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a spectacular week.