Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Summer of my discontent

This was an odd summer, one of challenges and charms. Pros: finally had that long awaited "Gathering of the Band Geeks", a reunion of the old gang from the high school marching band. [note: everyone says "let's get together" but until one brave soul actually picks a date and cracks the whip, it ain't gonna happen]. Cons: zero job offers coupled with my unemployment getting cut off which had led to serious financial difficulties. A big shout out to Ben Nelson (D: Nebraska) for blocking the vote to extend benefits! Yeah, I wrote him a letter but... I digress.

A couple of other unusual things came to light over this summer that bear review, or at least a "hmmmm".

1) No more breakouts
I was not a particularly pimply faced teen myself, but did suffer from adult acne. My throat and neck were the most plagued areas. But now? Nary a nasty bump. I do get the occasional wannabe zit around that time of the month but a quick zap with some Oxy 10 knocks them out before they get a chance to rear their ugly white heads.

2) No sniffles
No one in our little foursome had so much as a head cold this summer. The kids stayed home, rather than going to summer camp this year and unlike last year, when Little JT got the Swine Flu, everyone has enjoyed good health. I hope their immune systems are ready to handle being back in the germ lab, er, classroom.

3) Less chance of skin cancer?
I, though quite fair skinned, am not a big sunscreen user. Unless I am going to the beach or the pool or Universal Studios, I just don't think of it. As a result, I had what appeared to be a permanent sunburn on my chest in the shape of the v-neck tops I tend to favor. It was really red and kind of heinous. This year I have been more diligent about putting sunscreen on my blotchy chest and neck and, lo and behold! The burn has faded! I am still more freckled in this area than say, the underside of my chin, but everything is pretty even toned now. Looks way less like I need a trip to the dermatologist. Or oncologist.

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