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Buster Benson

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What's the easiest way to save a life?
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I heard a This American Life about someone who gave their kidney to a stranger, after a long string of bad luck on the donatee's part.  Also, my friend's husband just went through a crazy 3-year ordeal trying to get him a new kidney.  It seems like a no-brainer.  We should all save a life by donating a kidney.  The risks aren't actually that high... bleeding and infection are the major complications to worry about.  And according to the internet, life expectancy is not changed at all for those who have donated a kidney.  On the upside, you SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE.  Also, if everyone did it, and continued to do it, we would have a surplus of kidneys to accept if and when our only kidney should have a problem.  But then again, maybe insurance policies would complain, and kidney surgens would get too rich.  If all cars hit the gas at once in a traffic jam, would we end up using more or less gas overall?  Probably less, right?  And all that free time.

Why does the United States export 1.4 million units of potatoes and import 1.2 million units?  Has Communism already won?

In any case, talking with a future nurse and a skeptical wife yesterday made me realize that I can start with giving blood, if I'm so gung-ho about saving a life.  Which seemed all too rational, and could not be argued with.  So we're going to the Puget Sound Blood Center this Monday (MLK Jr. Day and also Obama's National Day of Service) to see what that's all about.  And maybe to once and for all remember what my blood type is.

My brain is all over the place... like a monkey in a cage ready to get out and jump on trees.

What's the easiest way you can think of to save a life (other than putting one in danger first, Fight Club-style)?

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Is it like going on rides at Disneyland?

Yep, except with weight instead of height.

Seems like the best excuse for late night hot dogs and tacos I can think of!

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