Cliff Gardner

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Not so FAST!

Doctor: You say you’ve had these symptoms for the last…?

Me: The sore throat for the last week or so and the coughing and sneezing for the last four days.

Doctor: Have you been getting enough fluids? You seem pretty dehydrated.

Me: Well actually…I’ve been abstaining from food and water from sunrise to sunset for the last week as part of the Baha’i fast.

Doctor: The Ba-what fast? Whatever, look, you’ve got strep throat and a bad cold. Take these pills WITH FOOD AND WATER twice a day until they’re gone.

Me: Ok, fair enough.

Well, that was fun while it lasted.


  • You can still abstain from many other things as a test of your faith. Observe Lent instead.

    By Anonymous Sharl, at 7:46 PM  

  • Lent is meaningless outside the context of Christianity and probably even Catholicism.

    By Blogger Ian Samuel, at 6:40 AM  

  • Interesting comments- I am a practicing Jew and I still find it interesting to observe Lent for fun and self improvement. Last year for example I gave up my Ex-Boyfriend. This year maybe i'll give up virginity or praying to Mooby. Who knows? The possibilities are endless!

    Cheers for trying Tom. Good on you.
    : )

    By Blogger Megan, at 7:02 AM  

  • And if you're going to end a fast, there's no better way than consuming four Bosco burgers! (Is that what they're called?)

    You rule!

    By Blogger magic, and with love from Sam,, at 7:05 AM  

  • maybe you should give up WASTING food.

    By Blogger Ashley, at 11:09 AM  

  • Oh :( Well, perhaps this is a sign that you're simply meant to eat food. You know, that stuff the human body runs off of? Yeah, that.

    By Blogger SDeGroot, at 2:38 PM  

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