February 28, 2010

February 28, 2010
Faster than a Speeding Bullet

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and the end of another month for 2010. It seems just like yesterday was New Year's Day but here we are at the end of the second month of the year already.

It has been a very busy month not only for me but for the world. I have moved from Jacksonville to the Fort Lauderdale area, had surgery and trying to get settled in my new city. Around the world we have had life changing events including the winter Olympics, major earthquakes in Haiti and Chili, record snowfall in the northeast, mudslide and fires in California and so many other major events. All of it reminds me just how fragile life is and a constant reminder to be grateful for every day I am given and all the wonderful and loving friends I have.

I was very sorry to read this morning Marie Osmond's son committed suicide at age 18 after many years of having depression. While it is always sad to hear of someone passing, it is even harder when it is someone so young. It reminds me of all the wonderful children I have known over the years who have lost their battle with HIV and AIDS. So please keep the Osmond family in your thoughts and prayers.

Speaking of the Olympics, there have been so many memorable moments for this one. It was sad that the games were started off with the accidental death of one of the athletes and the passing of one of the figure skaters mothers. I choked up with tears watching the female figure skater performing in tribute to her mother within a couple of days of her passing. Not only did she give the performance of a lifetime but did so with grace and dignity. Only afterward did she burst into tears thinking of her mother while waiting on her scores. Luckily, she ended up with a bronze medal but I truly think that was the last thing on her mind. She captured not only my heart but the hearts of the world.

But there have also been many highlights including the United States team winning not only the most metals but the most they have ever won at any winter Olympics. Several of our athletes ended up breaking long standing Olympic and personal records. The only downside was this was the first Olympics in 30 years where one of our female figure skaters did not medal. I also noticed the human interest stories on the athletes were well done and much more touching than in past competitions. The winter Olympics are wrapping up this evening with the closing ceremonies which I am looking forward to seeing. The next Olympics is the summer games in London.

While there was much damage in Chili and surrounding areas after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake yesterday at least the aftermath of a possible tsunami did not happen like they feared. But with larger and more frequent earthquakes happening around the world now, it has to make us question whether this is a warning sign of worse things to come. I know there are many who predict a major chance in December of 2012 because of the end of the Aztec calendar. Let us just hope it is only a change and not a major catastrophe.

I am still getting adjusted to my new home and still trying to get into services for HIV and AIDS. I must admit it is much more work to get services down here than in north Florida but there are also more services available. I will continue in March to try and access the programs here in Fort Lauderdale and hopefully will not receive the indifferent and discouraging treatment I received at the AHF pharmacy in Northridge. Luckily, the AHF clinic by my house seems to be more hospitable and helpful.

I hope your month was great. I know for some you had the type of trials, life changes and difficulties I did. But as they say what does not kills us makes us stronger. In fact, I was talking to my Dad about that today. We had a great hour long talk. I miss seeing Dad and hopefully will be able to make a trip to see him in the next few months. I am so fortunate to have a loving and supportive family.

I wish you a great and safe March. Drop me a line and let me know how things are going with you.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab