I find, along with Scott Adams, that sometimes sarcasm helps us see things more clearly. I’ve been asked, more than once, by folks for my opinion about their buying a motorcycle. Granted, usually these querants are men, asking at the behest of their wives. My usual response is “I don’t need the work” or, if they have children “How much life insurance do you have.” with a follow up of “Get more.”
OK, usually not the answers they are looking for, but it is the one they need.
Medicine has done a good job preventing a lot of childhood diseases. We’re losing ground, and some of them, particularly meningococcal meningitis and tetanus, can bring you to coroner’s attention. Dr. John Kiely, formerly of the CDC, recounts his experience as a measles survivor. Personally, I had chicken pox as an adult, part of an outbreak in a laboratory. I agree with Dr. Kiely, and would take the immunization over the disease.