Cold Sea­son: Noth­ing to sneeze at!

Asian Journal - - Editorial -

On the whole, I’m in pretty good shape for the shape I’m in, but ev­ery cou­ple of years a virus or bac­terium finds its way into my sys­tem and I go down for the count. This year, hear­ing from my part­ners in pain, it’s a par­tic­u­larly bad bug that makes you feel pow­er­less, no en­ergy, steals your dreams and leaves you des­ti­tute of com­fort in your bed. Then again, it could just be the ap­proach of tax sea­son. Any­way while I was feel­ing sorry for my­self, I went in search of re­lief. Yup, I tried the seven rum, one aspirin rem­edy. Mix seven parts rum and take the aspirin and pass it quickly over the top, throw away the aspirin and drink the rum. When I re­gained con­scious­ness, I dis­cov­ered match­ing ag­gra­va­tions. Along with the si­nus headache I now had a hang over and to ac­com­pany the stom­ach flu, an in­de­pen­dent up­set tummy. I sought a folk rem­edy, which said if I take it, the bug would be gone in 14 days. I de­cided not to take it, and had to wait two weeks be­fore I got bet­ter! I re­mem­bered that sage wis­dom that urged, cheer up things could be worse, so I cheered up and sure enough, things got worse. Tele­vi­sion is the friend to the woe­be­gone per­son with flubugs. I was watch­ing the Di­vine Com­edy that is the Amer­i­can Odyssey of pres­i­den­tial can­di­date se­lec­tion. Now my card games are ru­ined be­cause I can never again play a trump card with­out con­cern for the con­se­quences. Amer­i­can hu­mourist, Will Rogers, had it right when he said be thank­ful you’re not get­ting all the govern­ment you pay for! I couldn’t help feel­ing it’s just too bad that all the peo­ple who re­ally know how to run the govern­ment and solve all the prob­lems are just too busy driv­ing cabs and cut­ting hair. Rogers also said that we need good judge­ment in our politi­cians. That good judge­ment comes from ex­pe­ri­ence, and a lot of that comes as a re­sult of bad judge­ment. Right again! Ul­ti­mately I turned off the TV, turned on some sooth­ing mu­sic and pon­dered some of the crit­i­cal things of life: What was the great­est thing be­fore sliced bread? Why are peo­ple who drive slower than you mo­rons and id­iots, while the ones who drive faster are dan­ger­ous fools? If a bus sta­tion is where a bus stops and a train sta­tion is where a train stops, what about the work sta­tion on my desk (Hee Haw) The rea­son why stressed peo­ple turn to cakes and ice cream and choco­lates is be­cause ‘stressed’ spelled back­wards is desserts. Well it’s al­most time to take the next round of meds, so we’ll see you flu-free next week.

Ray Hud­son

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