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Snakes, Syringes & Alice Cooper
Tuesday, August 05, 2014






It was around 1964 that I had a friend with whom I attended philosophy classes at the University of the Americas in Mexico City. His name has slipped from my memory but I remember that he was a real fan of Ella Fitzgerald. One day he asked me, “Have you heard Carmina Burana?” My answer was an embarrassing, “No, who is she?”

In 1973 while teaching 9th graders at a Mexico City school for wealthy Americans and foreigners I was asked, “Mr. Hayward, have you heard Alice Cooper?” My guess is that if you have gotten this far you can predict what my answer was!

Of late I have been suffering the random effects of an accelerated heart and my cardiologist it would seem is attempting to have my heart accelerate on demand. They put me on a treadmill a couple of times and they have strapped both a heart beat and blood pressure monitor box on me. But to no avail my heart has been happily ignoring him.

They did get my blood pressure to go up suddenly in one of the tests. They left the room and came back with a hypodermic needle. They say my pressure jumped. I had told them that I had a phobia for needles.

This phobia had begun in my extreme youth in Buenos Aires when every year we were subjected to a diphtheria vaccine at school. This vaccine was administered on the spinal column. When I knew of the date for this I tried to tell my mother that I was sick. She knew and sent me to school. I have had a pathological fear of injections since and when I have the option of an injection or less effective pills I always opt for the pills.

My psoriatic arthritis medicine is something called Humira which I must administer myself every two weeks. It is an injection capsule that looks like Doctor McCoy’s but it still hurts. Every week I must also inject myself with Methotrexate. For this I use a conventional syringe and I am in panic for days in a terrible anticipation. This coming week I am going back to the less effective pills.

I also have a phobia of snakes but not of spiders except tarantulas with their singularly independent 8 hairy legs.

It was not too long ago that my phobia for snakes met up with my ignorance on things Alice Cooper. I remember that she lived in Burnaby and that’s about it.  

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2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17