Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Drinking your way to health

Saying for the Day: A good swig a day keeps the doctor away.

There were a lot of people in my family that had alcohol problems including my step grandfather Tom who lost a leg. So I decided when I was very young that it made no sense for me to drink. It was not a religious decision but a practical one.
I was in a bar at a wedding reception and a man offered me a drink. I politely declined. He became belligerent and asked if I was too religious to drink. I said no. I’m too intelligent.
Now I discover I may really have been dumb.
A study by some university has concluded that people who drink in moderation but every day have a 51% better chance of not having a heart attack then those who don’t drink at all.
By not drinking I have increased the chances of my having a fatal heart attack.
Well at least I haven’t wrecked a car, got in a bar fight, kicked over a Christmas tree, or made a complete idiot of myself at a party. Since my relatives who drank didn’t seem capable of not drinking to excess I guess its okay to take my chances with the heart attack.

News From Pigeon Falls– The Mayor called an emergency meeting of the town council today. It has to be about the request of the Bishop about the millage. In any case it looks like some kind of real problem is developing. Nobody seems to have any real information. Even Nancy hasn’t been able to find out what the meeting was about. According to the Mayor it wasn’t a meeting at all they just got together for coffee and to talk about the up coming Pigeon Days celebration. Since no business of any kind was conducted the open meetings act doesn’t apply. Mayor South is willing to tell what kind of coffee they had if you want to know.
Another day and another dead pigeon. This one seems to have been hit with a stick of some kind. People are becoming upset about this and want it stopped. Some of the old timers are afraid that killing pigeons will bring bad luck upon the town. At the moment, however, it doesn’t seem to have made a dent in the pigeon population.
No white rabbit sightings today.
Our Chicago person had his groceries left on his porch and the money for them was in an envelope in the mail box. He didn’t come out until the boy left. This is really weird. What is he hiding from?
Nancy says that somebody heard Pastor Marvel hollering at the Bishop in the office at Last Lutheran Church. It seems Marvel is upset about the Bishop’s quick entry into local politics. Marvel denies there was any hollering. They may have been speaking a little loud but there was no hollering.

A beautiful day. My wife went to Tops. I spent the day building a trestle which I finished. Betty planted some more flowers . Then she varnished the trestle. I started another one. We are on schedule so that we should be able to lay track when the boys come. I had a visitor come and look at the layout and he really enjoyed it. He said he'll be back with his wife when the trains are running. My sister Dawn called and said that my sister Chris wants to know if I am moving to Green Bay. Chris also dropped a comment to this blog with the same question. I finished the June web site for the church and will post it tomorrow. I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger jafabrit said...

Hi there,
re:the swig a day
The devil you do, the devil you don't. You just can't seem to win sometimes eh LOL!

I'll stick with the swig a month model, hedge my bets;)

5:33 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

I think your pretty smart for not drinking...although I do imbibe once in a while with know its funny...when I have a few drinks I can sing! ( wink) so I drink every once in a while so I can sing.

Geeze things are pretty bad when even Nancy cant find out!

5:58 AM  
Blogger Chana said...

i never got into the drinking thing myself..shortly after i turned legal i was pregnant and on to breast feeding for the next few years and when i didn't have a babe either in the womb or at a breast i had already accumulated a few meds that don't mix well with alcohol...fine with me most days as my dad had a drinking problem or so my mom saids...

funny how the mayor won't disclose what the meeting was about...get's people thinking and worrying i guess...

hope you are you tomorrow.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Ther is an old joke which says...I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they get up in the morning, that is as good as they will feel all day.

7:36 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

For some reason my body tells me to stop when I have had to much to drink. Now if it would only do that when it comes to food, I'd be in great shape!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Sister Chris said...

hello from illinoi! it si your other sisiter who dosen't hate Bush here--are you still planning on moving to green bay and if so when. george has decided to retire early and we were thinking that if you move to Green Bay then we may move to Green bay also. We are going to Cedar Point this weekend--I will catch you next week.
Chris and George

9:09 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

With the exception of myself everyone in my family drinks, a lot. I am surprised they have livers left.I drink on a occasion, but very little. I would rather have a heart attack.

Pigeon Falls should be a tv show!

9:29 AM  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Hi, Dr. John!

Well, I had the misfortune to be raised by alcoholics, which should have been enough to send me, screaming, away from all forms of alcohol.

I've never been drunk, but in my twenties, I did learn to appreciate a good, dark beer or a really fine glass of champagne! However, I found out pretty quickly that alcohol triggers my asthma like crazy!

That's an excellent reason not to drink! I do miss good champagne, though . . .


That Mayor's a pretty shady character. He's definitely up to no good!

9:34 AM  
Anonymous TC said...

One or two glasses a day of red wine is the healthiest.

Only trouble is, one or two generally leads to a bottle, so I've been trying to avoid it for the last three months.

I'm so weak-willed at times...and yet so stubborn at others...


11:28 AM  
Blogger Libby said...

i usedta drink almost daily in my early it's more like 'a beer a year'...ho-hum...

12:04 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

My surgeon that removed a blood clot from my leg,told me to drink a glass of red wine a night for my blood.I do and its nice.One glass,and Im helping my blood and Im preventing a heart cool:)

2:47 PM  
Blogger Honey said...

I do have myself a few drinks. Normally no more than once a month for my monthly dose of Vs The Earth. Even then, I hardly drink because I am too busy dancing, talking and swooning over Adam the lead singer...J/k...kinda! LOL!! My father died due to a drunk driver so I won't drink and drive and I don't like putting my life in the hands of a designated driver (unless their family) because some people have "1 or 2 and they are OK", when in reality it was about 5-6.
Love the Pigeon Falls updates!!

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