I was chatting with my old man in gmail today about this whole swine flu pandemic insanity and was presented with a startling revelation. I know this isn’t specifically about Hong Kong, but I had to share. Not often does one get such insight into himself via gmail chat
Dad: Pandemics and epidemics are nature’s way of thinning the herd, so to speak, of the population…
4:11 PM in fact, YOU benefited from catching a virus when you were about five years old…
4:12 PM ‘Benefited? WTF? Are CRAZY, old man?” Why, not at all…it has been proven that viruses are a driving natural force in improving the function of the mind/brain…
4:14 PM You were sick as a dog and when you came out of the hideous flu your IQ had been pushed higher by the bug! You were talking, putting ideas together and just generally better at EVERYTHING you did after that attack.
4:19 PM me: wait….
I had a higher IQ after I was sick?
Can we infect Congress?
Dad: I’d inject those idiots with perhaps too much!
Dad: Oh yes, you were DEFINITELY more powerful intellectually…it was very noticeable and exciting and a bit scary…
Dad: you can query your Mom about it…
me: that’s weird.
4:21 PM you guys never told me that.
What else haven’t you told me?
Was I abducted by aliens?
Dad: The doc said there was something to my theory about this back then…
4:22 PM you WERE, however, struck on the head by the backroom beam in the Camera Shop when I tossed you into the air and you hit it!!! But that may not count…
Dad: you LOVED to be thrown into the air and, preferably, snagged before landing off the runway, as it were.
4:23 PM yeah. I thought I’d really skulled you but as a hard-headed (last name), you shook it off rapidly and returned to being your newly intellectual self.
On second thought, you probably WERE abducted by evil aliens from outer space.
I love my dad, he’s obviously awesome, and this is only part of the reason why.
What did I learn today? Infected shortly after birth with a nasty flu made me smarter, only to be dropped on the head. Swine flu? Bring it on.