Like most other information sources, we here at FTI choose to use this end of the year calendar period as a time to reflect upon some memorable events during that time. As opposed to having our 2 faithful readers vote on anything, I, as Executive Director have determined a formula on which stories to highlight: Knowing that even our 2 faithful readers only check in here about twice a month, I felt a more subjective method of determining some memorable stories would be to judge the stories based on the comments they generated at the time. Obviously, the comment process is used more often than not as a forum by a couple of our own staff members (one, a particular, disgruntled, small minded, fiscally "conservative" individual; the other, a known idiot with multiple personalities) to take "potshots' at me to satisfy their small intellects. Regardless, I choose to remain above the fray and post 'em like I see 'em.
Without any further adieu, I offer these 2 related subject stories with my own views:
1) Isn't it amazing how people are so drawn to the subject of internal health and view it as a joke or obvious sign of aging? "Oh, yeah, I had that done 2 years ago and I came out 'pffffffft............clean as whistle.' Doc even gave me some pictures too. Just wait. Yep, you know you are getting old when you schedule that appointment". I'm sorry. I consider this milestone as nothing more than getting your eyes checked. Granted, it is a little more invasive in a more private area of your body, but, I don't see anyone walking around with eyeglasses on their butt, either. Each part of the body has a job to do; this one just happened to be last in line when God handed out the assignments.
2) Thinking that relaying this tidbit would put some reader's minds to ease, I get the feeling that the full appreciation for the danger I expose myself to on a daily basis is not always fully recognized. I can't worry about that perception, however, My job is to do the best I can with the tools at my disposal. And believe me, most of our staff are tools.
I have a few more to list as the week progresses. In the meantime, I am working on planning for 2011. Hopefully, these times can be viewed as our all time low water marks.