Old Man Sudden Contraction of an Illness Alert


I have noticed that as I age and become less healthy overall (essentially by leading a tremendously sedentary lifestyle), I am more vulnerable to picking up the common cold than at any other period in my life. But the amazing thing to me about these colds, is how I get them. Last night, at 7:48pm, while watching the show “House”, I got a cold. I wasn’t doing anything – actually I was having a beer (Grolsch Light – yes, I drifted from my Pasbt/Leinie’s/Miller roots the other day at the store). I was just sitting there when suddenly, out of nowhere, I got a cold. Someone or something somewhere, flipped a switch and I got a cold – just like that. My throat tightened and felt sore, my nose started running and my eyes started to water. At 7:47pm, I was breathing beautifully and taking for granted my fine non-cold health. Not sure why this strikes me as odd but I guess I always thought the onset of such illnesses was more gradual. Maybe I’ve never paid attention to it quite like this. Is this what happens with age – or is this how we always get colds?


14 Responses to “Old Man Sudden Contraction of an Illness Alert”

  1. Joe Says:

    I tend to get them suddenly and with a sneeze. One minute I am fine and then I sneeze and I have a cold.

  2. sam Says:

    You live in Wisconson ..It,s winter….Am I missing something ?

  3. Frank Metzke Says:

    Hope you feel better old timer. Are you still gonna do the Podcast?

    Question: I was talking to my brother today and I told him I’d have to miss Sunday’s game against the Bears because I have to go to a christening for my girlfriend’s cousin’s baby (2nd cousin). My brother called me an idiot because this is the most important game of the season and said I should dump her.

    Now, I’m pretty sure he was kidding, but if I wasn’t with her 5 years it might be an option. I know this is important to her because she told me about it months ago, but I’ve been complaining about it knowing that it fell on the same day as the Bears game. On the other hand, she’s been with me 5 years! She should know I don’t want to miss this game!

    I said something to my girlfriend again today and she said I could watch the game at her parent’s house (they have DirectTV) during the christening (at the chuch in Queens at 2pm EST) then she would pick me up and take me to the reception (4PM EST in Long Island). I know, it’s a bit much, but she’s Italian from Queens! I mean, I wouldn’t have gone to my neice’s christening but I was the godfather!

    Her plan would work out for me, but does that make me a look like a jerk? I honestly can’t remember the last time I totally missed a Packer game (I mean at the very least I listen to Wayne and Larry over the internet)

  4. awhayes Says:

    Interesting scenario Frank – I have been there (lots of in-law Packer-watching accommodations throughout my married years). Several questions: do you live in NYC area or are you visiting just for the christening? I take it you live there. If that is the case, it seems that the relationship connection between you and GF’s cousin’s baby is remote enough that having a special Packer accommodation should be understood. If this were a niece or nephew or really really good friend of your’s etc, this would be a more difficult question. But GF’s cousin’s baby?…not so sure (unless your GF and her cousin are super super close). It’s already a positive sign that your GF problem-solved with you and recommended you watch from her parents’ house – so my guess is that your decision to watch the Pack won’t be a deal-breaker. One caution I’d throw out there is that if you choose to go to the christening and miss the game, it can be a slippery slope and a bad precedent: then, suddenly, you may find that your Sundays become less and less sacred…”let’s go to the pumpkin patch, come on, it will be fun” or “there is this great antique store we should go to but they’re only open from 1-4 on Sundays”…

  5. Ron La Canne Says:

    Off Topic – AJ is practising at MLB today.

  6. Joe Says:

    I agree with the general thrust of Andy’s post but there is a difference here; your talking about going to church – not just a regular weekly service but a baptism – as in the cleansing of sins and a rebirth into salvation. Sorry guys but God trumps football.

    Solution – go to church and DVR the game and watch it later.

  7. PackSmack Says:

    Andy, as soon as you feel that first hint of a cold, go into the medicine cabinet and pull out an Airborne, drop it in a glass of water, let it fizz (that’s always cool) and drink it. I do this and have not got sick for 4 years (knock on wood.)

  8. Frank Metzke Says:

    Ron, I saw that on Jsonline’s Packer Blog:


    Thanks for the feedback Aaron! Dr. Phil’s got nothing on you!

    I do live in NY, just north of the Bronx in Westchester county. So it’s about a half hour trip to Queens by car. My thoughts are: if she suggested it–she can’t come back at me with it. So why not watch the game. She is close to her cousin but not like sister close. The whole family lives in Queens so it’s like moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc, and they get together frequently, like birthdays. She’s a great gal and I’ve officially converted her into a Packer fan so she understands.

    One thing I do wonder about is this: how many diehard fans miss games? And, if so, under what circumstances??

    I grew up in WI and the games were always on TV so I guess I took them for granted (and the Pack sucked in the 70’s & 80’s so I was more of a Bears fan). Now, as an adult, I go to crazy measures to watch them. Whether it’s a sportsbar or my summer house in PA with DirectTV (I live in a co-op so I can’t have a dish on the outer edifice) or at the very least listen to Wayne and Larry on the internet.

    I don’t ever remember my Dad not being able to miss a game (and he played football for Marquette and was drafted by the Rams in 1955) He was a sportsman, so he’d be off fishing or hunting on Sundays–usually dragging me with him. So now, and for about the last 20 years, I’m this huge Packer fan and the world may end for me if I miss a game …

  9. Jake Miller Says:

    The correct answer is, “Because you were drinking Grolsch.” That stuff is death skunked over.

    As for the Pack, they also need to get well. And if Sexy Rexy’s the QB, that’s the perfect medicine for any team that’s ailing.

  10. Aaron Says:

    Frank – you’ve confused Andy and myself. This is PackerGeeks!

    That said, Andy, I myself was KNOCKED OUT yesterday by a bad ass flu. Haven’t spent a day in bed like that since I was a kid…

  11. Frank Metzke Says:

    Oops sorry guys, chalk that up to me being a newbie.

    Aaron, where’s the this week’s Podcast? I’m all depressed sitting in my office watching the rain and listening to Packer Therapy. At least the market’s up (momentarily)

    Just to let everyone know: My girlfriend said her parents aren’t going to the christening either. So looks like we’re ALL watching the Packers/Bears game in Queens! Whoo Hoo!

    PS. Last time I watched a Packer game with her parents was last year’s home Vikings game when we shut them out. We were at her parent’s condo in Palm Springs and it’s a quiet, closed community and mostly elderly folks and here I am going nuts! I remember my GF’s father saying something like “Frank, take it easy–it’s only a football game, you’re going to hurt yourself.” And I looked at him and said: “Yeah, but this is the Vikings!!” …

  12. Frank Metzke Says:

    Oh man, this is painful. One guy is has this whining, piercing voice (with no volume control) and the other is clueless and studders …

    Where are my flamboyant, animated guys at Cheesehead TV ???

  13. joshywoshybigfatposhy Says:

    Em and I just agreed that the cause of most of our colds in the last few years is a single incident – throat irritation. If we yell a bit too loud, try to make a growling noise at our dog, or mimic Louis Armstrong, we’re usually sick the next day.

    It’s disappointing that those activities can no longer be a part of a healthy lifestyle – but I do feel more quiet, more human, and less stoned while playing the trumpet.

  14. Kozak Says:


    It’s worse then that. It’s not a cold. You sir are allergic to BEER!

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