Having a fever is pretty awful. But when the fever is over, the world seems a bit dull. Yeah, maybe it’s ’cause I’m still dizzy and all that, but I still think the world has too many of it’s rough edges burnished off ‘cos someone is bound to sue.
The fever was weird. Being a guy who rarely ever goes to the doctor, I tend to have my own opinions on my health care. In this instance, I told myself that the point of a fever is to kill the virus by heating your body. So, I decided to let it run it’s course. Why waste time trying to stop the fever? It’s helping.
Yikes. I can’t even begin to describe what was happening in my head. I was visualizing a jumble of differently-shaped objects, all intersecting at weird angles. I kept thinking that if I could separate all these things, take them apart, and put them back together correctly, my headache would go away. I was actually laying in bed, alternately hot and cold, sweating and shivering, all the while trying in my mind to disassemble a cosmic Jenga tower. Weird.
So, here’s a few things I missed commenting on while writhing in bed delirious and sweating buckets. (Damn, it sounds like I had much more fun that I actually had.)
Stick a fork in it, it’s done
My first professionally produced DVD is off the presses, literally! I haven’t gotten one yet, but Sara reports that it’s silkscreened and everything! I’m still wary of the whole thing, worried that there will be a problem with the layer transition, or something technical like that. But the plant assures me that if they went ahead and pressed it, then everything is cool. Even though I’ve seen the darned thing about 482 times at this point, I’m still psyched about getting the final disc… woo hoo! (For info on the DVD and ordering, click here.)
Careful, the lawsuit you’re about to file is extremely dumb
In a case with echoes of a famous suit against McDonald’s, a Glen Cove woman has filed a $10-million claim against Starbucks, alleging she was badly burned by coffee that leaked from the container.
My jaw is hanging open. Did she order ICED coffee? Then what did she expect? Doesn’t every kid learn to handle hot liquids CAREFULLY? The Starbucks cups all say “Careful, the beverage you’re about to enjoy is extremely hot.”
The issue of litigation and hot coffee became famous in 1994 when a New Mexico jury awarded more than $2 million to Stella Liebeck, who was burned by McDonald’s coffee at a drive-through window after she placed the cup between her legs. A judge later reduced the bulk of the award to $480,000, and the case was then settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Nevertheless, it helped fuel a national debate on whether consumer lawsuits were out of control and ought to be restricted.
It’s incredible to me how people do stupid, stupid things, then blame others for it. Placing a hot cup of coffee between your legs is the high of intelligence… unless for some reason you have a fetish for that kind of thing.