Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy Deadliest Day of the Year

Well Happy New Year to you all.  It's a glorious day in the Old Pueblo.  We were able to sit outside this morning and ogle the hummingbirds.
Jim is down to one crutch and putting more weight on his left foot.  This has improved life substantially.  He's able to carry stuff in one hand, and more importantly, he can do dishes. Yay!!!!!!!!!!  It's still a long haul until he's back on the bike, but progress is being made.
I read a very interesting article in the Washington Post this morning.  They give you 10 free articles a month, so you can decide if you're interested enough to use up one of your freebies.  The article can be found here.  The substance of the article is this.
A few years ago, a sociology professor named David Phillips examined 57 million death certificates issued between 1979 and 2004 and made an interesting finding: Not only do more people die in the winter months, but New Year's Day is actually the deadliest day of all. Phillips plotted the millions of deaths from natural causes according to the day of year on which they occurred, and this is what he ended up with:

So, if we can make it through today, things will be looking up, actuarially.

Here is a picture of the female hummer leaping off the perch, avoiding the wrath of the dominant male hummer.

That's it, that's all I've got for today.


  1. Interesting article. Let's hope we all wake up tomorrow!

  2. it's all the sugar that kills us this time of year :(
    Box Canyon

  3. HA! This is somewhat relevant to my immediate family because my 86yo father in law fell off a ladder yesterday (Jan. 1st) and broke his hip! Never mind that he shouldn't have been on a ladder in the first place...but at least he dodged the final bullet and addition to the list of casualties...

    Happy New Year!

    1. Sorry to hear about your father in law. Here's hoping for a swift recovery.

  4. Happy New Year! Sounds like Jim is making good progress in his healing, and I guess we've all made it to Jan. 2. Whew!