Random Thoughts for September 2017!

Enima Awards full of vitriol!

bagThe last time I watched the Emmy Awards, I think I was like 15 years old. And even then, it was only because the people I was with wanted to watch. For myself, I have very little respect for the average intellect of men and women who I suspect spend a lot of their time on their knees. Sure, there are a few genuinely good actors and actresses out there in LaLa land, but for the most part very few could think their way out of a paper bag, in my view.

So, it came as no surprise when I learned that the recent Award presentation was full of political barbs and jabs at people like President Trump. Rather than being fun and witty, many of the ‘jokes’ were mean spirited and not really all that funny. Truth be told, I rather go and clean out my toilet rather than waste my time with the sort of drivel Hollywad has to offer up these days…

What viruses will the 2017-2018 flu vaccines protect against?

fluThere are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. Recent ‘mild’ flu seasons may have lulled many into some form of complacent coma. Don’t be fooled, however! A new re-assortment of viral genes could result in a pandemic similar to 2005 when supplies of vaccine ran out early on. In the event of a true pandemic, hospital beds would get full early on, leaving many to their own devices!

This fall the composition of U.S. flu vaccines has been reviewed and updated as needed to match currently circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on which type of vaccine you get shot up with) that research suggests might be most common. For 2017-2018, three-component vaccines are recommended to contain:

  • an A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus (updated)
  • an A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like (B/Victoria lineage) virus

Quadrivalent (four-component) vaccines, which protect against a second lineage of B viruses, are recommended to be produced using the same viruses recommended for the trivalent vaccines, as well as a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like (B/Yamagata lineage) virus. Bottom line – Get your shot before the end of October!

BBQ chicken throw down promises to get ugly!

BBQ ChickenForsyth MO. The undisputed champion of BBQ chicken in the Nation, a modest and humble man named DanO has apparently been challenged by a relative unknown woman cook, to a BBQ chicken throw down, that will take place sometime in the spring of 2018. In a gesture of wanting to only be fair, DanO wanted to give the young upstart plenty of time to prepare for what will likely be a slam dunk affair. ‘I just want the young cook to have all the time she needs for practice’, stated the cool and totally collected Master Chef. He opted not to mention the females name, until the month of the contest, so as to allow her some privacy before her eventual public humiliation.


About forsythkid

I am just a simple man with a head full of sand who is currently residing in a small town called Forsyth Missouri. I enjoy hiking, camping and all things related to gardening. I rec’d my degree from SIU majoring in Biology many moons ago and still maintain a great interest in the study of all living things. My hobbies include meteorology, the Finnish language and inhabiting cyberspace whenever possible.
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