New theme: Insensitivity!
At the travel doctor’s clinic yesterday, the nurse giving me the vaccine (I only got the typhoid shot, as I have to go to my primary care doctor for the rest, minus Japanese encephalitis and rabies, which I’m apparently too late to get) says, “So, where are you going?”
I say, “India.”
She says, “How long?”
I say, “Two and a half months.”
She says, “That should be fun,” and drops the needle in my lap.
I say, “Yeah, something like that,” and hand it back to her.
She says, “Don’t worry, that part doesn’t need to be sterile anymore.”
I say, “It’s fine.”
She regains composure, says, “Well, at least you’re not going to Haiti.”
She: smirks, giggles. Jams needle in my arm.
I am: gawk-eyed. Slack-jawed. Dumbstruck.
Moral of the story?
“Too soon, travel doctor nurse! Way too motherfucking soon!”
That is all.