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Wow I'm glad it's Friday but ....

ObiWanCannoli's picture
on December 14, 2007 - 6:16pm

for some weird reason I just hate coming home. Isn't that odd? I feel depressed when I get here ... the first thing I encounter is my oldest son saying "we should make it a rule that if someone buys food for themselves they should ask everyone else if they want something." Well ... ummm ... that's just kind of ... stupid so I said "that's just ummm kind of stupid." and he said "why?" I said, "who brought food home for themselves today and didn't bring you any that you want to make this retarded idea of yours a 'law' in the house?" Well it had to have been my husband because he told me earlier that he'd brought $3 worth of Wendy's food home for himself today and apparently that incensed my son. WTF? He said there was no food around here to eat and yet when I got home from the store at 7:30 this evening he was eating something. Again WTF? It's just really obnoxious being here. The first thing I did when I got home was called to Duncan for my hug. He looks tired. He has "eyebeds" under his eyes and it makes me sad. He woke me up this morning (well really I was already awake and just hitting the snooze several times because I don't want to get up early anymore ...) and he told me he'd had a bad dream about some alien eating everyone and that he and I were the only people left and I thought to myself (with a gleeful sigh I might add) that the dream sounded just perfect. As long as he and I could hide from the aliens! LOL Okay fine, I wouldn't want Emma or Allie eaten either but that's another story ... oh, heh heh ... Emma pointed to Josh's picture this morning and said "da da" YEAH BABY ... wait a minute that means he would have had to have ... ummm ... NO ... I'll have to teach her to say "grandpa" and quick too! YIKES!!!!!! Can't go there in my mind, no no no no no no no no!!!!!!

So Mariahjosh ... the France thing -- you'd asked if I'd been anywhere else ... yes ma'am. I've been to England, Scotland, and all over the U.S. England and Scotland were the best countries I've ever visited. Oh wait, I've been to Canada too. And it's nice, except for Montreal - they are pseudo Frenchies and just as rude so I don't like it there either. Anyway, they speak English in England and Scotland so I was at home there, and they like CATS so it was like those countries were made for ME!! I'd love to go to Ireland one of these days being as I'm about 75% Irish - my maiden name was Daugherty, my grandma's maiden name was McGinnis so yeah I'm quite Irish. Anyway, I love to travel and have been ALL OVER the U.S. How about you?

Oh gosh, I found this article on our newspaper website today ... thought I'd share with ya ... but I'll warn you first ... it's NOT happy and it's NOT cheerful - it's quite depressing actually ... here ya go:

CDC: Suicides Among Middle-Aged Spikes
By MIKE STOBBE | AP Medical Writer
9:49 PM CST, December 13, 2007
ATLANTA - The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans has reached its highest point in at least 25 years, a new government report said Thursday.

The rate rose by about 20 percent between 1999 and 2004 for U.S. residents ages 45 through 54 -- far outpacing increases among younger adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

In 2004, there were 16.6 completed suicides per 100,000 people in that age group. That's the highest it's been since the CDC started tracking such rates, around 1980. The previous high was 16.5, in 1982.
Experts said they don't know why the suicide rates are rising so dramatically in that age group, but believe it is an unrecognized tragedy.

The general public and government prevention programs tend to focus on suicide among teenagers, and many suicide researchers concentrate on the elderly, said Mark Kaplan, a suicide researcher at Portland State University.

"The middle-aged are often overlooked. These statistics should serve as a wake-up call," Kaplan said.

Roughly 32,000 suicides occur each year -- a figure that's been holding relatively steady, according to the Suicide Prevention Action Network, an advocacy group.

Experts believe suicides are under-reported. But reported rates tend to be highest among those who are in their 40s and 50s and among those 85 and older, according to CDC data.

The female suicide rates are highest in middle age. The rate for males -- who account for the majority of suicides -- peak after retirement, said Dr. Alex Crosby, a CDC epidemiologist.

Researchers looked at death certificate information for 1999 through 2004. Overall, they found a 5.5 percent increase during that time in deaths from homicides, suicides, traffic collisions and other injury incidents.

The largest increases occurred in the 45 to 54 age group. A large portion of the jump in deaths in that group was attributed to unintentional drug overdoses and poisonings -- a problem the CDC reported previously.

But suicides were another major factor, accounting for a quarter of the injury deaths in that age group. The suicide count jumped from 5,081 to 6,906 in that time.

In contrast, the suicide rate for people in their 20s -- the other age group with the most dramatic increase in injury deaths -- rose only 1 percent.

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