Do Something… Do Something Good

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 began like any other day. People woke up, ate breakfast, went to work, brought their kids to school and boarded planes. Some were traveling for business, some for pleasure and some to visit family or friends. It was just another ordinary day… until it wasn’t.

Four California-bound planes departing from the eastern states were hijacked in a heinous attack on Americans. The Islamic terror group, al Qaeda, took immediate credit for orchestrating the coordinated attack under the leadership of Osama bin Laden. Terrorists crashed American Flight 11 and United Flight 175 into Manhattan’s World Trade Center towers. The third plane, American Flight 77, was flown into the Pentagon. Plans for the fourth plane, United Flight 93, intended for a target in Washington, D.C. were foiled when passengers overtook the hijackers, gained control of the plane and crashed it into the ground in an empty field near Sharksville, Pennsylvania. read more

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Originally published on 10/19/2010

bedbug_mainBed Bugs are taking over the United States. Lately you can’t watch the news without hearing about some college dormitory or hotel being evacuated as a result of Cimex lectularius (that’s Latin for bed bug) infestation.

When I first heard about the rash of bed bug infestations the news came from my mom and I’ll be honest, I didn’t give much thought to the story. You see my mom is the reaper of bad news. Every family needs a bad news reaper. You know, the people who have radar for stuff like product recalls, tainted food scares, inclement weather advisories, flu epidemics, anthrax and the terrorists living next door, stuff like that. Also we are Italian so it is genetically impossible for her to deliver any sort of news sans histrionics. If you’ve seen Moonstruck and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, that’s what I’m talking about. If I have any hope of freedom from anxiety, I must assume a “take it with a grain of salt” attitude. Couple this with the fact that I only ever thought of bed bugs in the context of stuff like Humpty Dumpty and the Little Piggy that cries wee-wee-wee all the way home, and you can see why I gave little credence to the possibility that bed bugs could be mounting an attack on American soil. read more