AIDS Walk This Weekend
This weekend the NY AIDS Walk will snake its way through 6.5 miles of the city. Thank you to all who sponsored me for such an important cause. Initially, I set my goal at $500, but just 24 hours after I began my drive, your support surpassed that amount. Within a week you helped me raise $700. By press time this morning, your sponsorship reached $900. Your dollars will help people living with AIDS find treatment, food and resources for this devastating disease. I am humbled by your support and proud to have such a generous group of individuals to call friends.
Driving You Crazy
Road rage is a serious problem affecting most major cities in America. With more and more folks taking to the road, the incidence of those who are rushing to their destination or simply too inconsiderate to drive carefully, road rage is fast becoming a leading cause of death on our nation’s roadways. AutoVantage recently released a survey ranking the cities with the most serious cases of road rage. Topping the list as the number one place drivers experienced some form of road rage is Miami. New York ranked number three and Washington DC was a respectable number six. Chicago and Atlanta ranked 13 and 16 respectively, with Minneapolis rounding out the top 20.
Know the Facts Before Yelling, “Cut!”
Circumcision is one of the most common surgical procedures practiced in the United States without anesthesia. The foreskin – the portion of skin covering the glans or head of the penis – is cut off leaving the head exposed. The American Pediatrics Association and the American Medical Association both say the procedure is purely voluntary and poses no medical benefit. Yet, American parents have their children circumcised more often than not. The foreskin provides the penis with a supple sheath (coating) and also keeps it moist with a secretion known as smegma. This secretion is now thought to have an antibacterial affect. Unfortunately, there is an odor that can also be associated with smegma and it can be fairly pungent. Doctors say it is completely natural. Doctors now believe that a good amount of sensitivity is lost when the foreskin is removed. It is believed that 12 bands of receptors are located in the foreskin and work in conjunction with the sensitivity of the head of the penis to produce pleasure. Without the foreskin, the head of the penis (the corona) is said to have poor sensitivity. Conversely, the incidence of penile cancer is three times greater in men who are not circumcised. Ultimately, it may come down to a cosmetic decision. Do you want your child to look different from his peers? Also, if you opt to let the boy keep the hood, it is recommended that you teach him proper hygiene to minimize the incidence of rude odor.
Women and gay men: Do you have a visual preference for a circumcised or uncircumcised penis? Will you avoid either when engaging in oral sex?
Straight men: What drawbacks do you see for an uncircumcised man living in American society? Do you think that the straight male population notices another man’s penis – in locker room situations, etc.? As an adult would you change the choice your parents made with regard to being circumcised or uncircumcised?
Keep passin’ the open windows…