I’ve been fighting a cold and until today I was losing but I’ve rounded the corner and I’m happy to be again out and about infecting other people. I have so little in common with anyone I know I can’t even believe I could catch a common cold so I’m sure I have some sort of super virus. I know it is winter and it’s been going around but I held out as long as I could as it ran through my family, friends, co-workers, students and other unwitting plague carriers. Even my dog sneezed on me last week. So I blame all of you because when I’m well and everyone around me is ill, I see myself as the lone survivor running from thousands of rats in 1348 London, when someone forgot to wash their hands and a million-and-a-half people died. I’m happy to have turned the corner and happy to be here in the office because being stuck at home for a couple of days watching daytime news and weather was really making me stupid. Daytime news and weather is what you get if you take Sesame Street and really, really dumb it down. Seriously, those people are idiots…and it’s catching. I had to go to Netflix and binge-watch Hee Haw to get my IQ back up just so I could come in today.
We have had a cold snap here but that just means we’re in the 50s so it’s not like we’ve had to break out the long pants or anything but we have flipped the switch on the fireplace a couple of times over the holidays. It was so cold in the car one day that I actually turned on Rush Limbaugh, that’s how desperate I was for some hot air. I know this falls on deaf ears since many parts of the world think the 50s are a day at the beach but around here people are breaking out the parkas, hot chocolate and those stupid hats with ear flaps.
I hate having a cold because I have to listen to those stupid medical segments on the news that say, “Colds can be especially dangerous for babies and the elderly” and I think I’m in one of those categories. Since I can never remember if I’m supposed to starve a cold or feed it, I opted for what was the most pleasant option and went to the deli for chicken soup and discovered the only culture that is able to make chicken soup taste like medicine. So I decided to starve my cold and while I was mainlining Nyquil, Muccinex and orange juice, I began thinking about the stages of a cold. Stage 1 is when it’s in your head because someone with no reason to live sneezes in your face. Your nose is running like an angry red faucet and you look like a mistreated pet on an SPCA commercial. Stage 2 is when it moves to your throat and your cough sounds like somebody just flushed a cat. Stage 3 takes it into your chest where your cough now sounds like somebody is running a lawn mower right outside the window where you’re flushing the cat. Plus you’re coughing up little pieces of lung you hope you won’t need to breathe whenever you’re able to breathe again. Stage 4 is where I am…feeling much better and just hoping to infect anyone I can. All Stage 4 people are like people who just tasted some bad milk and want everyone else to taste it.
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