Software for the finest computer – The Mind


Posted by Tim Bryce on March 22, 2013


– You can run, but you cannot hide from the beast.

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I hate colds. I can usually sense when they are coming on, be it in my throat, nose, eyes, ears, or even lips. I immediately take some preventative medicine. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. If the cold really wants to bloom, I find there is no stopping it. I believe it has a mind of its own. I can go a long time between colds, but when I finally get one, it’s usually a real beaut.

When it comes, I tend to slow down, get some rest, and try to be a good patient. I do not like to take a lot of medicine but I’ll do as my wife prescribes. She can also make a mean “Hot Tottie” which includes lemon, honey, whiskey, and hot tea. It usually knocks me out and, if I’m lucky, I can sweat the cold out of me. My latest cold converged on my head and throat. Luckily, it avoided my chest. I took various remedies to clear my sinuses, and they worked rather well, but they wouldn’t knock the sniffles completely out. I loathe having to blow my nose every five minutes which, of course, becomes rather irritated and sore.

I attend quite a few meetings during the week and in doing so I have to meet and greet a lot of people. As is customary, I offer a handshake to people, but when I have a cold I don’t want to pass it on to others, so I awkwardly do not extend my hand and inform them I’m suffering with a cold. People are glad you tell them so, but the expression on their face gives me the uneasy feeling that I have somehow contracted the plague. I find it rather amusing how people automatically take a step backwards when you inform them you have the slightest suggestion of a cold. It’s like a reflex action, sometimes followed by a handkerchief or hand sanitizer (just to be safe).

The Japanese seem to be more sensitive to the transmission of a cold. Since most people over there make use of mass transit and are in close quarters with many others, a person experiencing a cold will typically cover his mouth with a surgical mask. Others wear it simply not to contract a disease from others. Whereas Americans seem to relish in sharing their misfortune, the Japanese try to minimize the effect of a cold. I tend to believe the Japanese are more considerate in this regard.

If my cold goes on too long, I find I have to take matters into my own hands. Since the beast won’t take the hint to leave, it’s time I show him the exit. This is when I finally introduce it to the smoke and fire of a good cigar, and strong drink, such as Scotch whiskey. I’ve done this on more than one occasion and believe it or not, my cold starts to run and hide, eventually succumbing to the smoke and alcohol. In a way, it acts like a farewell party, which is perhaps what the cold had been waiting for before it departs.

Actually, I believe we always have a cold within us, but I think it waits for the right combination of elements before it raises its ugly head. Perhaps it is a drafty room, exhaustion, or some food combination. Whatever the magical recipe is, the cold emerges from its den in an ugly mood and searches for a weak body part to attack, and the cycle starts all over again.

The only good part of a cold, at least to me, is knowing that I have a date in the offing with a fine cigar and a glass of Scotch. It has the added nuance of making me feel like a lion tamer.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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8 Responses to “CATCHING A COLD”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An M.S. of Royal Oak, Michigan wrote…

    “I believe in Vitamin C. When my bottle gets low, I start a new bottle. That way I don’t have to worry about old tablets losing their power.”


  2. Susan Shriver said

    Before the advent of children’s cold medications, my mom always made us sip a shots of honey, lemon juice and bourbon. Tasted good and I think my mom liked it because it knocked us out. Actually, it still is a pretty good remedy for today!


  3. Francis Dryden said

    My Grandmother use to say that when you get a cold, take all kinds of medicines and cures for 7 days OR wait a week and it’s gone!… That was over 60 years ago!

    I’ve also been told that you can take a good bottle of dark rum, drink it down and then rub the empty bottle on your chest! lol

    All is well with your biggest fan here in Mexico!


  4. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. of Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “We’ve been taking vitamins daily for probably 10 years, including Vitamin B-complex, C, D, fish oil and folic acid. We’ve had so few colds that I’m a believer. When we did have cold symptoms, we used Theraflu, which is sort of a hot toddy in a box and it worked well.

    I’ve heard of various home remedies for colds. My grandfather used to take a laxative when he felt a cold coming on. His theory was that it would rush the germs our of his body. He almost never missed a day of work, so who knows? Enjoy your cigar and scotch!”


  5. Tim Bryce said

    A K.E. of Sacramento, California wrote…

    “Eating cooked tomatoes, like in spaghetti is wonderful for illnesses!”


  6. Tim Bryce said

    An A.E. of St. Petersburg, Florida wrote…

    “Just went down for three weeks. Once again your on the mark.”


  7. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    “You’re right about the nasty beasties. I have never tried your kind of “farewell party” tho’. Learned something new, minus the cigar, of course.”


  8. Ron said

    I believe that people should stay away from gatherings and groups of people when they have a cold or flu, don’t spread it around it belongs to you! In the years before I retired I sent employees home who came to work with a cold or flu.


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