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Ice Buckets!

Remember all the madness of the Ice Bucket Challenge that swept the world not so long ago?

Sure you do.

If not, here are some reminders:

There were more. Hundreds more. Thousands maybe. But you get the idea.

Silly, right? Celebs, regular people, rich people, poor people, men, women, all dumping ice on their heads and squealing and shivering... and for what? Some cynics compared it to stuffing phone booths or swallowing goldfish or doing the macarena.

Well, not so fast. Turns out all that silliness made a difference.

Read it here: http://nydn.us/2arKgDf

All those buckets of ice may have helped put the freeze on ALS. No, it's not a cure... but it's one battle one in the war against a truly horrible disease.

And I am so pleased that my friends and I could do our tiny little bit, with all the others around the world, in bringing this about.



Jul. 27th, 2016 06:20 am (UTC)
That's pretty sweet!
Jul. 27th, 2016 09:24 am (UTC)
Discovery of one gene is not even a battle... more like discovery of a potentially convenient battlefield, but it is a good step forward, and hopefully it will lead to something more in the next ten years or so. It is a good feeling to know that you have helped a cause, though. :)
Bru Geraldes
Jul. 27th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
Good news
That's indeed good news then! -Feels less silly now-
Jul. 27th, 2016 07:28 am (UTC)
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Jul. 27th, 2016 07:48 am (UTC)

George, thank you.  Thank you so much.  Both my mom and grandmother were lost to this awful disease.  Your support for finding a cure means the world to me.

Courtney Katrina Foley
Jul. 27th, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
That's wonderful! :)

Was it already two years ago, though?
Bernhard Vienna
Jul. 27th, 2016 10:13 am (UTC)
Well Done!
I love how well Neil Gaiman explained the illness. He sounds like a man who gets his facts straight.

I watched several videos of writers who did the challenge and they all gave explanations that were slightly different than the ones from "normal" people.

Do you prefer talking to other writers at parties or do writers generally avoid each other?
Jul. 27th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Well Done!
Most writers love to talk with other writers. I am definitely part of that group.

I don't much like to talk about my own work, though... especially these days, since I am asked about it everywhere I go, constantly, by friends and strangers alike. In social situations, I would much rather talk about politics, NFL football, the work of OTHER writers, movies, television shows, art, comic books, history, and what have you.

Edited at 2016-07-27 06:58 pm (UTC)
Bernhard Vienna
Jul. 29th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Well Done!
Thank you for your answer! That just made my day. It is like talking to Shakespeare.

Jerry Seinfeld said that he prefers talking to other comedians. It would be funny if all groups of artists mainly talked among each other.
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
One tiny weird example of changing the world by being silly and kind, not hateful and afraid. So cool.
Jul. 27th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Such an inclusive and well targeted initiative.
Good reminder to maintain the momentum.
Jul. 27th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)

I think we should bring the ice bucket challenge back, apart from it helping to spread the word about ALS... it's freakin mid-90s out here on the east coast!
Jul. 27th, 2016 03:35 pm (UTC)
You Scared the Shit Out of Me
the first time I watched your ice bucket challenge. I was so worried you were going to crack your head open by stepping backwards into the pool with NO STEPS!
Jul. 27th, 2016 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: You Scared the Shit Out of Me
Actually, it was my plan to step backwards into the pool, where the water was nice and warm. One step, and I would have plunged in over my head, all good. But when the freezing water and the ice cubes actually hit me, some instinct took over and I stepped FORWARD instead, which was all wrong.

Jul. 27th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yes. I lost a good friend and an aunt to the disease, and I now have friends that have lost loved ones to this disease because of my involvement. This is good news.
Jul. 28th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
I was challenged by my young niece and nephew. And rather than risk ice water, I just wrote a check. I guess I did good -- in fact, much better than I expected. I'm happy.


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