Let's Talk About Giving Blood

So why don't you give blood, you didn't ask. I'll tell you.

It's not that I don't want to. I'd love to be able to donate and think it's one of the easiest ways to give a teeny something back. They just don't think I'm a suitable candidate.

I dunno somethin' somethin' Cows, England, madness. Red Cross Eligibility:

In some parts of the world, cattle can get an infectious, fatal brain disease called Mad Cow Disease. In these same locations, humans have started to get a new disease called variant Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (vCJD) which is also a fatal brain disease. Scientists believe that vCJD is Mad Cow Disease that has somehow transferred to humans, possibly through the food chain.

And so:

You are not eligible to donate if: From January 1, 1980, through December 31, 1996, you spent (visited or lived) a cumulative time of 3 months or more, in the United Kingdom (UK).


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From the 2017 vault, as the sun sets in Prescott. I always consider myself incredibly lucky to live somewhere with these kinds of twilight skies.

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Things That Fly At Night

Our house is "in the desert" and quite the drive out of Phoenix. At night you're likely to see a number of things flying by.

Firstly bats. They won't harm you and to be honest look kinda cool flying through the air as you catch glimpse of them. Also Owls. Now these guys come and go as they please. Last night was the first time I saw (or even heard) one this year. Impressive wingspan.

But then there are the insects. Some of them I swear are just aliens sent here for god knows what. They're, er, big and have armor. Also they have armor. And they don't die.

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Summer is here in full force. Phoenicians moan about how it "didn't feel this hot last year" (it did) and how "my AC is on more" (it isn't). It's like we've never lived here before and it's a surprise. I do always forget that you can't go out barefoot on your drive at 3:00pm. Picture that lizard on the sand lifting his feet up. Except a bloke in his forties yelling "shit shit" as he does some sorta hop run thing back to the front door.

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It's a bright sunny morning in the desert. I'm sitting on the back porch sipping my coffee watching a couple birds fight over something or other. The gentle hum of someone's A/C unit in the distance.

There's a full day ahead. High School, email, meetings, freeways. But for right now in this moment just exhale.

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I've managed to work myself into a diet of eating lunch and dinner only. It wasn't even a planned thing really, it just sort of happened. I find I'm not remotely hungry in the mornings as I get older. What I didn't realize though is that this form of going 16 hours without eating is a form of intermittent fasting. Weird that it worked out this way.

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Shoutout to my neighbors who fired up their Harleys last night for a bit at 11:00pm. Love you.

Huh, I realize I totally missed my chance for a passive aggressive Nextdoor post "Urgent alert: motorbikes at night".

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Springtime in Arizona. The Palo Verde tree in my front garden is blossoming nicely.

Now, I can't say what it is, but something that grows here my body doesn't like. I managed to avoid allergies growing up (or hay fever as it was known in England). But my eyes and nose run like mad in the spring here. And as I get older it seems to get slightly worse. Thankfully there are pills for all this that work like magic.

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