Yes, I survived the dentist, but I will be very, very friendly with them by the time next summer rolls around. Being Irish sucks sometimes!
1. How many products throughout your home are labelled "antibacterial." Just the handsoaps at the sink, and a bottle of purell that we have in the kitchen. Can you even buy liquid soap anymore that is not antibacterial? The whole thing is probably a rip-of anyway, and it's not going to save us in a decade or so, when bacteria will just ring your doorball, then engulf you like an amoeba does when you open the door. Good luck with that.
2. As a general rule, and assuming any required knocking on wood, how often do you get anything more serious than a sniffle or mild cold? I get a knock-down-please-kill-me-now case of the flu about every five years. I can tell you exactly when the last encounter was: February 2002, the second week of the Salt Lake City Olympics. You know how NBC likes to brag that they show 3000 hours of Olympic coverage per week? I can verify that they did so then. I saw sports that I didn't even know existed, though I was sufferng from a 104 degree fever for a few days. I was so miserable that I even watched all the ice skating, and if you say that I got chills when Sarah Hughes won the gold, I will remind you that I had a fever of 206 that night. Thank God for those Olympics though. I would have gone insane without them.
3. John Scalzi ran this story about research that suggests the increased use of "antibacterial" products aren't necessary for people who are generally healthy, and might be causing the creation of "superbugs" that are resistant to antibiotics. Are you more likely to avoid these products after reading about studies like this? Is this before or after we all die of bird flu? I see a day when the most dangerous place to be is in a hospital. Who knows what type of paramecium will be lurking in the ER soon. I do't really worry about the antibacterial stuff. I do my best to avoid situations where I can get sick. The most important thing is to not touch anything on your face until you wash your hands. Now that I am on public transportation three days a week, I have to keep reminding myself that.
Man, what a boring answer.
4. Take this quiz: Will you pass the U.S. Citizenship Test? I got 10 of 10. I think I could have passed this test in kindergarten. I've always been a little odd.
5. Now that the gas prices have dropped just a little (but nowhere near enough), what's the most you've paid for a gallon of gas so far? I think 3.50 right after Katrina. Pump up those gas prices, baby. America needs to get used to the idea of making choices. I have sympathies for people who have to drive great distances for their job, but I still see a ton of cars on the road that aren't very practical for the times we live in. Ah, now I'm preaching...
6. READER'S CHOICE QUESTION #76 from Psychfun: What was your favorite cereal as a kid? When was the last time you had a bowl of it? I had two favorites; one was called "Kaboom!" and was some type of cereal with marshmallows in it. I remember a clown on the cover. I haven't seen it since I was 8. The other was "Boo Berry", which I loved because I love blueberries. It was one of the trio of monster cereals (Count Chocula and Frankenberry were the others). While I have seen the other two at times, I haven't seen Boo Berry in about 20 years. I'd kill for a bowl of it right now.