I have written here before about gun control.
Like other things I feel passionately about, violence involving guns is not something I have experienced first hand.
Today, however, it came ever closer.
It so happens that I have the rarest of blood types. Only 1% of the population (it’s actually only one in 167 people) are AB negative.
This means that I am a universal donor for both plasma and platelets, and that I can donate both up to 13 times a year. Both plasma and platelets are used in the treatment of burns and cancer, and blood banks are always in need of donations.
So, tell me, Red Cross. How come I cannot find a place to donate, within reasonable driving distance, with phone operators who won’t tell me to “look it up online” when I’m asking for information?
Also, it would really be nice if your donation centers were open while donors are not at work.
Here endeth the (current) rant.
(I did find a place, but by the love of all that’s good and pretty, why the fuck do you have to make it that hard???)
For those who don’t know, Romance Reader at Heart, which opened its virtual doors in 2001, has a massive database of reviews, an extensive database of authors and books, many, many, many book lists, timelines, a message board and more.
Something, however, was missing, and just over seven years ago, Romance Reader at Heart opened its blog, Novel Thoughts. The lovely Mad (aka Fatin) rand the blog, mostly by herself. I helped her out for a brief period of time, and latter on lillie did as well.
Yesterday, Mad and lillie announced that Novel Thoughts is shut down immediately.
I will not speculate to their reasons to do so, but it’s always sad to see such a long standing romance blog just…be done, gone. I for one, am going to miss it, because while in lately I haven’t commented much, that doesn’t mean I don’t visit often.
Here’s to you, ladies, with thanks for all the joy and best wishes for the present and future.