Just flew home from New York, clicked on the internet, and lo and behold the first thing I see is a story about Vice President Biden warning folks to avoid subways and airplanes and other confined spaces due to the swine flu outbreak.
Whoa!! No, make that a double WHOA!!
Did I forget to mention that I just FLEW in from NYC, where there are confirmed cases of swine flu popping up all over the place? Did I also fail to mention that I rode the SUBWAY from my hotel in Manhattan to the ballpark out in Queens, back and forth -- about an hour each way -- every day for the past three days? I have to admit I flinched every time I heard someone cough or sneeze. I washed my hands every chance I got.
But, so far I feel perfectly normal. Keep your fingers crossed.
On another Big Apple note. I happened to be in Manhattan the morning Air Force One made its ill-conceived flyover, snapping pictures from above and freaking out nervous New Yorkers down below. Though I wasn't far from the scene, I was oblivious to that event. See, I was inside The Strand -- the mecca of used bookstores -- looking for new treasures to add to my collection.