Are you worried about a swine flu pandemic?
You know what, I can't even hear the words swine flu without having an uncontrollable urge to laugh.
Swine flu, swine flu, swine flu.
See, I'm laughing now,
And I'm pretty sure its not funny but it just sounds so awful. Swine flu. Does anyone actually call them swines. Even pig flu sounds better. I always get the image of some 18th century gentlemen in white gloves slapping each other and saying – you swine you.
And whenever they talk about it on the news where I am, they show this pen full of happy looking pigs snuffling around looking up at the camera. So I always imagine that if you have swine flu, you turn into a pig.
And even Daz knows now that if I'm being cranky he only has to say swine flu, and I'll crack a smile. How bad is that!
It reminded me of this day I was out with my father looking at farms. We were moving so we were checking out some new properties. I was about 15 at the time. And my father went of with the farmer to talk farm stuff and I was left with the stock and station agent. And we were standing near the pig pen and he had his foot up on the fence. And he pointed at the pigs and said to me
you know what they are dontcha?
I didn't know what to say. It was like a trick question. Where did this man think I'd been living for the past 15 years. Dad came back then so I didn't say anything. God he laughed when I told him about it. He'd thought the guy was a wanker right from the start.
So anyway back to the old swine flu. Don't get me wrong now, when I go on holidays I will be the one wearing a mask on the plane, but if I worried about everything out there that I could catch or that could happen to me or my family, I'd never leave the house. So I just try not to worry about these things because its all that worry and stress that will kill you in the end.
And its pretty funny now how I have a tag that is swine flu. Lets just hope it doesn't get too many entries under it.
QotD: Swine Flu Pandemic April 29, 2009