Monday, January 7, 2013

Colds, Antibiotics, and Dead Men

My little family has been hit hard with colds. Nice way to start the new year, huh? Ava first, followed by Little d, and now me. I swear by Airborne because my symptoms are not as severe as my charmers and I’ve been popping ‘em into my drinks like an addict. And because I’m paranoid, I probably just jinxed myself with the previous sentence. Anyway, both charmers went to the doctor and were prescribed antibiotics and are starting to feel better.

Which reminds me of a pet peeve of mine. Every year at this time, some person will remark that s/he has the flu and needs to get antibiotics. Person #2 chimes in that antibiotics don’t work for the flu, but says it like a question because s/he’s not sure. Person #1, embarrassed that s/he doesn’t know what s/he’s talking about, turns to others who weigh in pro and con. This goes back and forth several times until someone goes on the Internet. In the old days, this conversation never got resolved so life has improved, and it has dropped this pet peeve lower on my list, but it’s still in the top twenty. Wanna know numero uno? It’s this: on December 31st at least three people looked at me, smiled, and said, “See ‘ya next year.” I killed all three before the smiles left their faces.

Last but not least. Jake Hinkson’s THE POSTHUMOUS MAN (released through our BEAT to a PULP Books) is garnering many positive reviews.
And Brian Lindenmuth just selected it as one of his best of reads of 2012. Please jump over to Spinetingler and take a look when you get a chance.

THE POSTHUMOUS MAN is every bit as crazily entertaining as Hinkson's hard-rocking debut, HELL ON CHURCH STREET, and it reads like a streamliner rocketing across the Bonneville Salt Flats.
--Scott Phillips, award winning author of THE ICE HARVEST and THE ADJUSTMENT.


Charles Gramlich said...

Lana and I went through the colds, although some effects are still lingering. Hope your family gets all better soon.

pattinase (abbott) said...

No one has ever said that to me. "See you next year/" I swear by Elderberry for colds.

David Cranmer said...

Tough season for colds and the flu. We're on the mend though.

Patti, The worse was "See you next century."

Dave King said...

Pet peeve of mine an' all!

Have a great 2013 with the family!

John DuMond said...

Hey, THE POSTHUMOUS MAN looks like a pretty cool read. I'll have to use one of my recently-acquired Amazon gift cards to add it to my Kindle.

As for colds, my preferred remedy is Sudafed. And I'm talking about the real thing, the stuff they keep behind the pharmacy counter. The kind you can use to make crystal meth. Works like a charm. Of course, I'm probably on the DEA's watch list...

Richard Prosch said...

Stay warm, stay hydrated, stay saturated with prose. I used to go with Nyquil in the gallon jug.

Sarah Laurence said...

I hope you all feel better soon. There are some nasty things going around, whatever they're called. My daughter is home sick today too.

We swear by chicken soup, hot drinks, cold drinks and rest.

Oscar Case said...

Water, water, water, and more water, and Tylenol for the head.

David Cranmer said...

Dave, I'm looking forward to more of your poetry in '13, sir.

Big laughs, John. This year I'm betting millions could be on quite a few DEA lists. Epic flu season.

Rich, We have Nyquil on standby as well. Good stuff. Knocks one the hell out.

Yes to chicken soup, Sarah. An old family favorite when I was growing up.

Water is the secret, Oscar.

David Cranmer said...

Keep the spam coming, Lucilyn. I'm enjoying.