The Loop

Lyme Disease Central: Report from the field

July 11, 2015

David W. and Peter A.'s wife, Denise, have Lyme disease, and Reese has ehrlichiosis, which my wife and I both had several years ago and which can be thought of as Lyme disease delivered by sledge hammer. (You can get Lyme and ehrlichiosis from the same tick bite, as I did -- a nasty combination.) The standard treatment for both diseases is the antibiotic doxycycline; all three are taking it.


Appropriately, I guess, we declared last Sunday Lip Balm Day, because the people who make Golfersskin, the official sunscreen of the Sunday Morning Group, had sent us a bunch of tubes to try:


We had to tee off at 6:30 on Lip Balm Day -- an hour early -- because our club had created a new event, called Family Day, to encourage more people to become interested in golf, and had scheduled it for 10:00. That was annoying. Still, there were just 16 of us and more than 70 of them, and getting home earlier than usual turned out to be a good thing because if you fall asleep before noon you're not taking a nap -- you're just going back to bed. Here are the people who showed up for Family Day:


It's never too early to teach golf etiquette. The thing we emphasized to the kids is that, if they serve themselves from the Sunday Morning Group's kegerator, in the storeroom next to the men's locker room, they need to leave two dollars in the beer-money box. You would not believe how many people "forget" to do that.