Sunday, March 24, 2013


(Poor Old Smith doesn't have much time left.)

I caught a dose of something.  Perhaps I have the flu.  I feel like crap.

I'll be back in a couple of days when my health returns.  Thanks for your patience.

God bless.


  1. Lots of liquids and plenty of sleep. I hope you don't end up like the guy in the picture. They need to throw a sheet over him. Like someone else here said, we want to read your words when you're very old. So your health comes first. We readers will wait.

    Peace and health to you brother Smith.

    1. Thanks, Sophie.

      Life's a losing game.

      I just need to hold on for another twenty years.

      After that, everything else is gravy.

  2. You live close to the epicentre of the infectious beast, Mr. Smith. The dense population of Asian cities, and their lack of sanitary standards (at least when compared to the masses in Western cities) makes them a great spreading ground for germs.

    One of the books I'm slowly reading my way through (because it's too good to dash through; needs contemplating after every two or three pages) is "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond. A big reason that Eurasian people were able to conquer the people of the New World was because the Eurasians were filthy with germs that were good at killing other humans. But you need a dense population to 1.) generate microorganisms that kill lotsa people and 2.) to have enough lucky gene-inheritors to survive those germs and build herd immunity. If there aren't millions of folks living in a cramped space, the germs can't bounce around and refine their killing techniques. That's a big reason why the less-densely populated cities of the Aztecs, Maya and Mississippian civilizations didn't evolve an equivalent to Eurasian smallpox.

    With its smoking, spitting, environmental pollution, sick living conditions in slave factory farms like FoxCon, China is a perfect petri dish! Where you live, North Korea is a political barrier to the direct ebb and flow between mass populations like you have at any land barrier. But when the next super-SARS evolves, I'd bet that there's enough trade and family contact between China and South Korea that the peninsula would be the second domino to fall.

    BTW, the Chinese seem to have a shared cultural phobia of epidemics. I remember when the SARS scare hit in 2003. I was working at a hospital in San Francisco then that had a lot of Chinese patients, both immigrants and those born in the U.S. As a whole, they were WAY more frightened of the epidemic than us blithely unaware Westerners. The Chinese were the ones wearing the face masks, asking people if they had traveled overseas, getting alarmed at people sneezing, being jittery in general. I don't know whether it's lore passed down by family grannies, or if the Chinese who are alive now had ancestors who naturally had paranoid instincts about germs, so they survived to pass along their genes. But Chinese are epidemically aware. Not sure about Koreans.

    None of this has anything to do with your particular illness, of course. But look at the bright side! Maybe YOU are part of the breeding ground for the new deathipedemic that will cleanse the planet of the Earth-destoying cancer cells known as humans.

    BTW, do you realize that tiny, mindless germs have evolved to modify human behaviour to suit their purposes? The sneezing reaction is a PERFECT way for viruses to spread themselves. They MAKE us do their bidding by stimulating our immune system to ejaculate them. Every time you sneeze or sniffle snot and get some on your fingers, where you will leave it on door handles or light switches, you're having germ sex, Mr. Smith. Sneeze = sex. Something to contemplate during your infirmity.

    1. Asians all wear hospital masks when they are sick.

      The buses and subways are filled with these mask-wearing loons.

      What I'm really worried about is resistant TB.

      Now that could become a big problem.



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