Let’s not blame snow­birds (or Canada) for win­ter ills

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OK, I’m back.

Where have you been?

Don’t ask.

Re­ally, where have you been?

I said I don’t want to talk about it, but if you in­sist, I have been locked in in mor­tal com­bat with my mo­dem, wi-fi router, and in­ter­net ser­vice provider. The car­nage on all sides was ter­ri­ble. An un­easy peace has set­tled over the bat­tle­field. I don’t want to talk about it any­more.

And I don’t want to talk about the curly newsprint or the new obits for­mat any­more, ei­ther. These are mat­ters be­yond my con­trol. There is no point in ask­ing me about them.

Let’s move on to to­day’s ques­tion:

Is there con­nec­tion be­tween the in­flux of snow­birds and an in­crease of up­per res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness or the flu?

Our snow­birds get blamed for a lot of stuff, but I don’t think you can blame them for sea­sonal ill­nesses.

It is true that colds and flu spread more rapidly when there are more peo­ple around and in­ter­act­ing with each other in schools, restau­rants, stores, etc., but pin­ning that solely on our hon­ored win­ter guests would hardly be fair.

As a mat­ter of fact, here’s one of them now:

As an avid reader of your news­pa­per I find it un­usual that there has been no men­tion of Canada at any time over the years that I’ve been snow­bird­ing. I know that that the per­cep­tion of Canada is that we are kind of dull but could you please speak to your masters and have them try and find a story about Canada?

Sorry, I can no more help you with that than I can with curly cor­ners or obits. In our de­fense, we do run the hockey scores.

My grand­mother told me many years ago that the base­ball leg­end Ty Cobb was my sixth cousin. What ex­actly is a sixth cousin?

Peo­ple who have a com­mon great­great-great-great-great-grand­par­ent.

Have a ques­tion for Clay? Reach him at 602-444-8612 or clay.thomp­son@ari­zonare­pub­lic.com

Val­ley 101 Clay Thomp­son Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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