March 1, 2010

March 1, 2010
100,000 Free Condoms

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and the start of another week. While the weather is slightly chilly here, I know conditions are much more severe in other parts of the country so I hope all of you are safe and warm.

It is going to be a low key day for me. I am still recovering from surgery and sleeping a lot. I did go and do laundry today. Unfortunately where I live I do not have a washer and dryer or a hookup for either so I go to the local place a couple of blocks away. At least it is conveniently located and opened twenty four hours a day.

The picture on today's posting is a painting done by Dwayne Bourque. Dwayne is an artist and friend from Louisiana. I would like to thank him again for doing such a beautiful piece with Dab the AIDS Bear as the subject matter. You are the best bud!

I did read some interesting news about the Olympics this morning. The International Olympics Committee is distributing 100,000 free condoms in Vancouver and operating HIV/AIDS information campaigns to promote safe sex among the Winter Games’ 7,000 athletes, coaches, trainers and officials, reports.

According to the article, free condom distribution at the Olympics can be traced back at least to the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona which I luckily was able to attend. In 2000, organizers at the Summer Games in Sydney ordered 70,000 but needed an additional 20,000 when their supply ran out. The 2008 Summer Games in Beijing upped the order to 100,000 condoms, each of which featured the Olympic motto, “Faster, higher, stronger,” on the wrapper.

Also at the 2010 games, the United States Curling Association, in partnership with Kodiak Technology Group, is introducing the Hurry Hard condom. Bearing a cartoon curling stone on the package along with the slogan, “Be smart, stay safe,” the Hurry Hard condoms are named after a phrase curlers chant to encourage teammates to sweep the ice faster. Proceeds from condom sales will benefit USA Curling and HIV prevention programs in Monterey County, California.

So I was very happy to see this international effort is helping prevent HIV/AIDS and other STDs are being continued. Just one more sign the world is finally starting to take these issues seriously.

I also received a book by Mark Wallis called "I am Cereal Killer" which I am going to read this week and then send a review. Just from the cover, I am intrigued and hoping for a ton of laughs. I would like to thank the publishers and Mark for sending me a copy. It will be great to have something to read while I am resting and recuperating the next few days.

I am still swollen and bruised but each day I feel a little better. Looking forward to when I can do more and actually get out in public for something besides doctor and health appointments. Still a little self conscious about my appearance and get tired very easily. But that is caused by the healing and all the antibiotics I am currently still taking.

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

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab