Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Hello. It is clear and cold in Chester County, PA today. I met with LB last evening who is trying her best to cope with the untimely loss of her beloved Mom. HB had given L some beautiful furniture and accessory pieces and we will now work the pieces into the Living/Dining areas to made it more Hilda-esque. Cancer is a bitch. So is AIDS. On this day in 1981 the AIDS virus was officially recognized. Over the years there have been many reports and suggestions as to the first case of HIV. In 2002, Science Magazine reported that the first case was found in a wild chimpanzee. The infected chimp resided in Gombe Stream National Park, a refuge made famous by primatologist Jane Goodall. Because Goodall and colleagues have studied him for nearly 20 years, the scientists can analyze all of his previous mates and offspring to figure out how the SIV virus propagates in the wild.
AIDS is now a pandemic. In 2007, it was estimated that 33.2 million people lived with the disease worldwide, and that AIDS killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children. Over three-quarters of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa. Cancer statistics are even more daunting. Genetic research indicates that HIV originated in west-central Africa as far back as the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. "Bless The Beasts and Children" everyone. And adults. And teens for Heaven sake! Be safe, be cautious and be smart. And maybe have a cocktail. Not the children or teens tho'. Or the beasts.
"Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal." E. Joseph Cossman