December 1st, 2004

bleeding, Ryoko

Texas blood donors (and probably donors elsewhere); also, medical abuses horror story.

amberfox just heard that the Dallas area is dangerously low on O- and B- blood. So, if you're able, the vampires need you.

Edit: the BBC was hoaxed.
Not blood-related per se, but medical: ataniell93 found an article about HIV+ children under the care of the local government being subjected to drug trials without even the semblance of informed consent. WARNING: This is triggery as fuck, and the sort of thing you'd expect to read about in a country known for its public far-reaching human rights abuses, not NEW YORK FUCKING CITY. Even if you don't have the past to be triggered by same, it makes for very unhappy reading.
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bondmates, sigil

In which the Lunatic is pseudo-obnoxious, and pseudo-glamourbombs a church in a seelie fashion.

It's sort of difficult to find Darkside's family on the web. You can find his parents if you know their real names, actually -- his father's name turns up an article he wrote, and, more importantly, the cached page of a "Happy $MONTH Birthdays" page at a local church. (Darkside's mom's name is on that list too. Darkside's own name returns a hit or two that isn't him; as far as Google is concerned, his real identity doesn't exist.) Yes, I Google my friends, family, co-workers, old schoolmates, and/or enemies when bored. It's a Geek Thing.

At any rate, the church website has a guestbook. The guestbook has a prayer request function.

Now, given that this is the church that my best friend and his family attend, I don't want to do anything to embarrass anyone. However, while I'd ordinarily consider showing up for the regularly scheduled service some Sunday morning, and behaving myself completely (which would freak Darkside out mildly, because he'd suspect there were Ulterior Motives, and he'd be half-right), there are two difficulties: first, transportation problems, and second, I work Sunday mornings. So that is out. (My first choice of a religious gathering to attend, actually, is Friends Meeting, because those are generally quiet and comfortable. Even though I'm witchy.)

I wound up leaving the following prayer request:
Please join me in a prayer of thanksgiving for the most wonderful and uplifing friendship I've ever found.

Given that I'm sure that a lot of prayer requests submitted to any organization are about healing the sick, comforting the grieving, and helping those otherwise in need, I think a joyous prayer of thanksgiving submitted to a church's online prayer request feature is a good thing.