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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Humiliation at Blood Donation

If  you've ever given money to a beggar or a homeless person and  if  he or she threw the money back at you, you know how I feel today.

Despite complaining the other day, I swallowed my inconvenience and went to donate blood today. After all the usual embarrassment ("have you had ever sex with a male?", "have you ever paid money to anyone to have sex with you?", "have you ever had sex with a woman who had sex with a man who had sex with another man"), and paperwork, the bozos couldn't decide whether to accept my blood or not, because I had visited India last year (almost a year, but not quite 365 days). Since I knew the stipulation, I told them that the wait period for India is usually six months. He was not so sure and had to have a conference with his colleagues, none of whom had a clue, so defensively, they decided to reject me.

Although it seems inappropriate, they could have accepted my blood and then could have thrown it away. I know that sounds wrong, but would have spared me the indignation.

That does it. I ain't giving blood anymore.

Prehistoric Zoo

When the Wild Boar Attacked - Rock Painting from Bhimabetaka

Today's entry in PhotoBlog features period animal life, as documented by the pre-historic tribesmen.

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, February 13, 2003
Last Modified: 2/13/2003

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