Instead of going to bed because my Benedryl is kicking in and I am finally getting sleepy, I am going to write a blog about two things. The first is about something that made me angry and the second is that I went Out of Doors again.
The ice bucket challenge. What was the goal? Raise awareness and money for ALS. Did it accomplish the goal? Why, yes it did! I am so sick of hearing people say it is stupid to dump ice on your head because that is not going to cure anything. OF COURSE IT WILL NOT CURE ANYTHING. Neither does putting yourself through hell for a 3 day Breast Cancer walk and neither does a 5K for Diabetes. The point is to get people talking about it, and MOST people who are not jerks make the video and donate money anyway. This is proven by the fact that ALS donations have increased very significantly from last year to this year. Criticize it all you want, it worked and did exactly what it was supposed to. Very few people are actually saying “I choose ice over donating”. The ice water videos are funny and fun, and so we laugh and we get to see celebrities (and who doesn’t love celebrities?) and we get to pick on friends AND we are suddenly saying the name ALS a lot more AND we are donating money to them AND we suddenly find out “Hey, my high school classmate’s dad died of this, I didn’t know that” AND this is what we call a win. Naysayers can shove it. I have never done a Diabetes walk because I know that I can sit on my ass right here and donate the exact same amount of money, but if someone is going to go for a walk to benefit me, more power to them.
Also, I would like to take this moment to publicly apologize to my friend Mary, whose point is that it is stupid if you choose to do the ice bucket INSTEAD of donating. I absolutely agree with that. I just think most of the videos are from people who donate AND do the video. This picture is for Mary.
On a happier note, I unexpectedly went Out of Doors tonight when AJ and I decided to walk in the Metroparks after dinner. We went into the woods. It was lovely. I was attacked by a buzzing insect. It buzzed at me and crawled on me and AJ did not believe me, but it did that twice. Here are a series of pictures from the attack. That is right, there is photographic evidence. That is because I was taking a picture of the trees before I was attacked, and while I was attacked, I was swinging my phone at the bug, and it ended up taking a bunch of pictures.
We heard an owl hoot, and we saw two cardinals, and then I saw a deer and that made me really happy. I talked to the deer and he came towards me and AJ ran and said I was making him cranky. Then the deer had a friend, but they did not come near me anymore.
But look, we went into the actual woods. REAL WOODS. Sort of. Mostly.
Here I am in the Real Woods.