September 2, 2008

September 2, 2008
Welcome and thanks for stopping by to check out another day in my life. I hope you are having a great day.

I was unable to sleep last night and ended up staying in the living room with the pets until around 5am when I was finally able to fall asleep. I was hoping to be up early today but having gotten to sleep so late that just was not going to happen. I ended up getting out of bed around 11:30am and was not feeling that great. But I pulled it together since I had some errands I had to get done today. So after having my morning protein shake and taking the pets outside, I got my shower so I could get ready to leave for BCCC.

After a quick walk to the corner of College and Stockton, I caught the P7 bus to BCCC. First, I had to see Karen so I could get Gary's medication filled and then over to dental to schedule an appointment for a tooth which is bothering me on the right side. I ran into Heather while I was searching for Alice and Angela. It was great to catch up with her since we had not seen each other in a few weeks. She was with a client but we had time to speak while they waited on a doctor. I had missed Angela and Alice before lunch but luckily was able to meet with them before needing to leave BCCC. We had not spoken in a couple of months due to my recent health problems so I had them catch me up on plans for this year's Jacksonville Teddy Bear Touchdown for children with HIV and AIDS, the Rose group, Alice's health and the Thorns. They confirmed we will be having the Teddy Bear Touchdown at the Jacksonville Public Library Main branch in downtown during World AIDS week. So I will be changing the information on the website this evening. I also saw Chenita, Antonio and Mary which was great. Mary and I had a long discussion about HIV/AIDS activism, politics and Ryan White funding. I always enjoy my talks with Mary because we have both been HIV positive and activists for a very long time.

It was time for me to catch the P7 bus back to the house. I barely had made it to the bus stop when it drove up. The bus was packed with standing room only which surprised me since it was before rush hour. Luckily, it is only about a 20 minute ride to my neighborhood and half the people disembark at the Rosa Park downtown station. I ran into a friend on the four block walk home from the bus stop and had a quick visit. Jayme has been buzzing my head for a couple of years now but I had not been to his shop in a couple of months because of health problems so it was great to see him for a quick chat. I had just entered the gate at home as the skies were threatening to storm so I ran the dogs outside into the courtyard quickly. They are so use to me being home with them that they were jumping and barking as I unlocked the door waiting to get outside. They either missed me a lot or really needed to go to the bathroom since I was gone almost four hours.

There is some more bad news in the domestic war on HIV and AIDS. HIV in New York City Is Triple the National Rate. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) new HIV surveillance methods, the agency says that the number of new infections in New York City is triple the national rate, The New York Times reports. The city’s HIV incidence is 72 new infections for every 100,000 people compared with 23 per 100,000 nationally. According to the article, 4,762 New Yorkers became HIV positive in 2006. Nearly two-thirds of those newly infected were between ages 30 and 50. The CDC’s new data—released Wednesday by the city’s Department of Mental Health and Hygiene—revealed that sex between men accounted for half of New York City’s new HIV infections while 22 percent were attributed to high-risk heterosexual sex. Intravenous drug use was linked to 8 percent of new HIV cases, and 18 percent were from unknown or uncertain causes. What can be learned from this? Can it be an abstinence only HIV prevention program does not work? Inquiring minds want to know.

Now if you are one of my original blogs readers who started with me over a year ago, you know I am a huge football fan. I watch both pro and college football equally. Luckily, we are now back in football season even if it is preseason. The AP poll has been issued for college bowl and has USC at the number 1 spot followed by Georgia and Ohio State. The top school from Florida on the poll is University of Florida in 5th. Now in pro football, there is big news once again for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jaguars tackle Richard Collier continues to be in critical condition in a Jacksonville hospital after being shot outside an apartment building early Tuesday morning. Collier and former Jaguars defensive end Kenneth Pettway were waiting in a Cadillac Escalade when a gunman fired into the vehicle. I wonder if the Jaguars, who have had 10 different players arrested since February 2007, have supplanted the Bengals as the NFL team with the most off-field problems. So now in Jacksonville we are combining sports with our big city violent crime statistics. Two for the price of one.

Forget about it raining men. It's raining tropical storms in the Caribbean and Atlantic lately. I guess someone forgot to tell Mother Nature that we haven't even reach the peak of hurricane season which is in another week. There are now three tropical storms in the Caribbean Hannah, Ike and Josephine. The one we are concerned about here in north Florida is Hannah which is expected to strengthen back to a category 1 and be near the Jacksonville coastline some time Friday. I know we have already have our place ready from Tropical Storm Fay so I only have one errand to get done before Friday. I just want to pick up some fresh snacks, sodas, ice and comfort food just in case. Better to be safe than sorry. I guess having lived without electricity for two weeks after a hurricane teaches you to make every provision you can for after the storm. Officials now warn citizens to have a minimum of three days food and water. I will update you as we get a closer reading on Hannah.

That wraps up another day in my life. How about you? Remember to stop and smell the roses today?

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab