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Archive for May, 2011

Need to Travel with First-Aid Kit

Posted by thearrow on May 31, 2011

The weather here has reached a level of humidity nastiness that bogs all of us down. It’s brutal. I don’t mind heat (the temperature’s around 90 F/30 C), but the humidity is killing me. And others.

A young lady almost fainted on the metro today, even though the A/C was cranked up. She was leaning against a glass wall next to the door and I saw her sliding down all of a sudden, without a sound. A woman nearby propped her up and sat her down, but the young lady couldn’t utter a word. She could only shake her head. She got off at the next stop and lied down on a bench.

Another young lady, who looked very energetic and was chatting with her colleague, got on. The train had just left the station when her nose started bleeding! She sat down while her colleague and me tried to clean her up and put wet tissues on her forehead, with another woman telling her to squeeze the top of her nose and me telling her to keep her head tilted to the back to stop the bleeding. It eventually stopped; she was in good spirits and was joking all the time.

I’m planning on biking at least two days/week, though; hopefully, three. I’m counting on the fact that mornings are cooler and I’m in the shade most of the time. Also, I put electrolyte tablets in my water to replenish the minerals I lose by sweating. Still, today gave me some pause. I’ll make sure I have some first-aid stuff with me at all times.


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Prepare for the Zombie Emergency

Posted by thearrow on May 20, 2011

Or any other emergency. Especially today, before the world ends tomorrow, May 21st. I mean, the world as we know it will end and it will turn into a living hell (see previous post).

If you're ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you're ready for any emergency.

Here are a few essentials the Center for Disease Control advises us to pack before we get busy running away from zombies (or becoming one):

  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

You have to admit that the zombie idea is pure genius. First, you wouldn’t expect it from a government agency. Second, with quite a few zombie TV shows  out there, they latched on something in the popular imagination/consciousness and spun it into the message they wanted to get across. Bravo!

Later edit: The world is actually coming to an end today at 6:00 p.m. people!

“We can expect the Rapture to start when it hits 6 p.m. at the International Dateline at 180 Longitude — roughly the between Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Nuku’alofa, Tonga. We’ll know it’s Judgment Day because there will be an earthquake of previously unprecedented magnitude.”

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Some Short-Term Planning for You

Posted by thearrow on May 11, 2011

Later edit: Here’s the van of the radio station with the apocalyptic message, in downtown DC. I took it before the NPR story but forgot about it. We have only 5 days left 🙂

Not sure you knew, my friends, but the end of time is coming on May 21st. Yes, 10 days from now. You’d better prepare for it by, well, not preparing for May 22nd! When, unless you’re raptured, you’ll be in a living hell on Earth anyway, for which no one can ever prepare adequately anyway. But you’ll only have to wait until some time in October, when the Earth will be destroyed.

How do you know it’s the end of the world? You’ll be rattled in your bed at 6:00 a.m. by a huge earthquake. But wait, isn’t your 6:00 a.m. someone else’s 2:00 p.m.? Yes, but everyone will get their own personal earthquake when the clock strikes 6:00 a.m. where they are. It’s kind of like watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks around the globe on TV. Every hour — bang! See? It’s already more exciting.

And what if you have kids? It doesn’t matter. A couple who already has a child and another one on the way have quit their jobs and have planned to deplete their savings by May 22nd. They’ll be flying economy to Heaven anyway.

And who figured this out so precisely? A very religious actuary. Talk about some serious Bible number crunching!

But isn’t the world supposed to end on December 12, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar?


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Back on Facebook…

Posted by thearrow on May 6, 2011

Because I had a cool photo of myself with iguanas on my head from when I went to Curacao and I couldn’t resist not making it my profile pic. Yes, I’m vain; nothing new.

Meanwhile, though, I’m reconnecting with my high school classmates, which I have to say is more fun than I thought. I never felt I had some grand time in high school but my classmates were nice and some of them really funny. It will be 20 years since we graduated and, with many of us no longer in Romania, the only reunion we can have is on Facebook. One of us is trying to put together a video-conference, which would be awesome. I hope it works out.

We’re now trying to remember who shared what desk with whom, and on what row. We still have a few gaps but, for the most part, we got it. Some of us did get together for the 10-year anniversary but then we lost touch again. This time around maybe we’ll get on FB and thus be able to start planning our 100th anniversary.

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Team America Killed Osama

Posted by thearrow on May 2, 2011

F**k yeah!

When reading how “two dozen SEALs in night-vision goggles dropped into the high-walled compound in Pakistan by sliding down ropes from Chinook helicopters in the overnight raid,” the first thing that came to my mind was the theme song from Team America, World Police.

And the slogan, “Putting the ‘F’ Back in Freedom.” I couldn’t have said it better myself 🙂

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