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Macaroni, beer, and a cause for health

Squatters American Wheat hefeweizenDinner at Squatters tonight. Had a couple pitchers of their hefeweizen, one of my all-time fave microbrews, and then the four-cheese macaroni, one of my all-time fave comfort foods.

We were seated at one of the tables near the front of the restaurant, immediately behind the merchandise display shelves. Squatters was busy enough that there were quite a few people waiting for tables and many of them ended up crowding along the edge of the bar near our table. Probably half a dozen of them had T-shirts or polo shirts with some logo we couldn't see clearly, so I asked one of them what their shirts read, and heard about the Five Points of Life Ride 2004.

'Five Points of Life' logo
Visit the Five Points of Life page for details about the awareness drive.
It's a cycling project from Seattle, WA, to Kennedy Space Center (FL) to raise awareness of the need for donation of the "five points of life":

  • Whole blood
  • Aphaeresis
  • Bone marrow
  • Cord blood
  • Organs and tissue

The Ride began 08/25/04 and is expected to finish 10/15/04 at Kennedy.

I'm an aphaeresis donor already, which they were pleased to hear. I haven't donated since I got back to Salt Lake; must call the Red Cross and set that up again. I'd tapered down my donations when I was in Seattle because of the ineptitude of the technicians at the Puget Sound Blood Center locations I frequented, but the Red Cross folks here in SLC were always very good. At least they were two years ago.

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