I had a BIG rant lined up for today. I had a giant soap box AND my four inch stilettos all ready. It would have gone something like this:
I’m sick of hearing about Michael Jackson! Sure he gave us The Moon Walk, Thriller and the Pepsi Generation. But, did anyone notice that Walter Cronkite also died? He gave the whole country a voice FOR generations. He flew on missions in WWII. Grieved with the nation while the events of President Kennedy’s assassination unfolded live on TV. Helped Americans see Vietnam in all it’s pain and futility. He was our voice and the voice for the first walk ON the moon! But do you see ABC news doing a 2 hour “special” on back to back nights about HIS life? Nope, you get Michael Jackson!
I intended to point out that the city of Los Angeles forked out $1.4 million bucks for the Michael Jackson memorial FEST (let’s face it, that’s what it was) and graciously decided NOT to ask either the Jackson estate or the German firm that owns the Staples Center, where it was held, to foot any of that bill. All while the Los Angeles school district let go of 1,690 elementary school teachers as well as 600 Math and English middle and high school teachers, blaming budget shortfalls. Priorities a bit askew there much L.A.? (source, Los Angeles Times)
I had fully intended to fuss about the fact that I can’t turn on any excuse for a news program, be it CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC or even the freakin’ BBC and NOT hear something about Michael Jackson. Sure it’s tragic that he left behind beautiful kids, who have now got even more emotional baggage to deal with than just being named things like Blanket! I do feel for them and the whole family.
But Nuggetiers this morning I got some news that over shadowed all this and even the Beer Summit, The DNC emailing me and asking me to donate a dollar a day until health care reform is passed, to “show the Republicans we are serious and we are not backing down” (yeah that isn’t a joke, it really happened!). You see this morning I got an email from The DH. I usually react one of two ways when I see a message with no title in it from him. Either, yeah he is sending me a love note because he misses me. Or, oh crap what did I do now? I was wholly unprepared for the content of today’s message though. Here is the gist of it;
Gigi Barnett reports the health department is helping to calm fears that there will be a massive swine flu outbreak.
There were 220 Veterans Affairs workers here in Baltimore at a downtown federal building for a two week training session.
A number of them were asked to stay in their hotel rooms after being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus also known as swine flu.
Eleven people were found to have contracted the flu.
Three more patients may also have the virus.
The Baltimore City Health Department says all of the people trained at a downtown federal building.
E-mails and notices were sent alerting other workers to the number of cases of the virus tied to the building.
Um, well.. The DH works in this building and NONE of them were EVER notified!!!!
I’ve been sick for two weeks. I’m actually much better than I was a week ago so I’m not worried about being infected. I am however, PISSED! #4 had a high fever with no other symptoms on Monday. She is fine now as well. But what the HELL?! I know I don’t usually get this ticked off. And I realize, being that my Da and sister-in-law both work in health care related jobs, that H1N1 has killed far fewer people than the “regular” flu does annually. But I’m a hypochondriac people. If the purple spotted pink ostrich flu was spotted within 1000 miles I’d freak out and start looking for pink and purple polka dots on my kids!
When you combine that tendency with my being a mom… well it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of full blown paranoia! And as we all know, from the Kinks.. “Paranoia will destroy ya”!! And well, I adore The DH and the thought of him returning DAILY to a building that could be contaminated… Well I just get really ticked! I am shocked and angered that the government wouldn’t see fit to tell ALL the employees. Sure, what are they gonna do about it anyway? What gets me is they felt that the people there TEMPORARILY needed to know but those that work their every day..well they are no big deal, right? I think a big part of the fear over H1N1 is media hype. So I’m not in a panic. The fact that this was not information give to ALL though sort of smacks of disrespect. And dare I say, cover up?
So it might not have been the fit I had prepared to pitch, but it’s a fit all the same. Now I leave you to go buy out all the hand sanitizer at CVS! And see if any ostriches have been spotted in the area!