The event in the Netherlands is terrible, of course — a murderous driver colliding with a parade to horrific effect.
But I am trying to find some trace of something good, not in the event but in what I have learned about that country, and that trace of good is in the fact that there exists a country in this world where there is a “Queen Beatrix” and a “Princess Maxima”. Their names sound like they are from fairy tales. Though I don’t approve of monarchy, with such fantastic names I’ll let them slide.
My suggestion to Yahoo (which I sent to Yahoo)
Create an “Expire this Message in 30 Days” tag in YahooMail, to automatically delete selected incoming messages that you wish to keep around for awhile, but have no need to keep forever. Perfect for order confirmation emails, store sale emails, UPS Shipping Info emails, and a host of other messages that we would otherwise have to go in manually and delete after they’re no longer useful.
Ok, this flu scare is starting to scare me. I’m expecting that I won’t be flipping through any racks of CDs (too much touching where other people have touched) while the flu makes its way around the country over the next couple months.
And supermarkets should replace their payment keypads with those remote keychains that you just aim at the machine, since those keypads are probably the #1 source of germ transfer for any town (each pad being touched by several hundred people each day).
If you agree, send the suggestion to Safeway here:
And this is right out, effective immediately:
Finally, someone with a medical degree has voiced an alternate possibility of what may happen with this flu outbreak:
“What makes this so difficult is we may be somewhere between an important but yet still uneventful public health occurrence here — with something that could literally die out over the next couple of weeks and never show up again — or this could be the opening act of a full-fledged influenza pandemic,” said Michael Osterholm, a prominent expert on global flu outbreaks with the University of Minnesota. “We have no clue right now where we are between those two extremes.”