ANDY FISH is a comic book artist, writer, painter, pop culture archaeologist and film historian. He has written and drawn numerous How To Art Books, Graphic Novels, Screenplays and Comic Books.
He lectures on art related subjects and even has a painting in the collection of the National Gallery in Washington DC.
This blog will attempt to focus on all manner of art, film and pop culture but don't hold much hope that it will stay focused.
He lives 40 miles outside of Boston MA with his artist wife Veronica Lane Fish.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
"What do you think about the flu shot?"
I've been asked that no less than four times in the past two weeks, now it's either because these people think I'm some sort of wise sage or more likely they are just trying to get me riled up.
DISCLAIMER: If you are sickly, kind of old or really young, you are dangerously at risk of DYING from the Flu if you get it. Get that? You get the Flu and you die-- so for those of you in those demographics maybe you should get it.
For the rest of us?
I got it last year.
Why? Because the news was jumping on it everyday saying how intense this new strain of Flu was going to be and that it was likely to either cause you two weeks flat on your back of the start of the Zombie Uprising or maybe both.
So I got the Flu shot when the Worcester Art Museum offered it to faculty.
And a month later I got sick.
And two months later I was in the hospital with an exploding gall bladder.
And Two months and one day later I was undergoing surgery.
Is it related? I highly doubt it.
But I like to make EVERY decision on logic and common sense.
I opted to get the Flu shot last year because I gave in to the fear that I would get sick without it.
I didn't use logic.
Ask yourself this: What does the government do well?
I would argue they know how to tax the hell out of people. Gas tax 24c in Massachusetts right now, if you vote for Martha Coakley expect it to go up.
The standing argument has always been they provide defense and fight wars pretty good.
To this I'd say nay. I don't think we've actually fought in a war since WWII ended in 1945, we've been involved in half assed police actions since then and we've won I think zero of these conflicts. And this is no fault of our armed forces-- it's the fault of our elected officials.
Because we no longer have leaders. We have elected officials.
No more Harry Truman's announcing "the buck stops here." Instead with have a nation run by Mayor Larry Vaughn from JAWS announcing we won't close the beaches despite people being killed because the Chamber of Commerce will get mad.
We elect people who try not to upset anyone--- including enemy combatants. Which is why we can't win a single war, er police action.
Been to the DMV lately? I've never sat there and thought "Boy I'd love for these same people to run my life for me!"
So no, I don't advocate a flu shot for a normal healthy person because I don't trust the government to safely prepare an anti-toxin.
Why is it in my generation (growing up in the 70s and 80s) we didn't have peanut allergies? We didn't have every fifth kid in our classes suffering from autism? We didn't have parents wrapping us in bubble wrap and driving us from soccer practice to theater to basketball?
We've grown a nation of sick kids because we're too quick to vaccinate and medicate and slip a pill to change a bit of behavior.
So I'll be passing on the flu shot this year, and what I will do is wash my hands 6-7 times a day.
I'll let you know how I make out.