March 28th, 2016

Sam writes

the herpes curse

Hi TQC. I need your advice about one of my least favorite things in the world.

I despise cold sores with a (probably disproportionate) white-hot, burning passion. I stopped getting them for several years, but got one again a few months ago, and a few short weeks ago, and again now. The increased frequency upsets me-- even when I used to get them regularly, it was never more often than every few months. Why did I get one again?

So my questions for you:

Do you get cold sores?
If yes, how often?
How do you treat them?
Have you figured out a way to prevent them?

Any advice would be appreciated. The only reason I can think of for the sudden increased frequency is that now, unlike in the past when I used to get cold sores, I use lipstick and lip gloss almost daily. I didn't throw away the lip color I'd been using last time I got one. (I did throw out my toothbrush). If I threw out everything I might've used in the days leading up to this most recent outbreak, it would probably cost a good $30 to replace. (And they're all my favorites, of course).

What do you throw away and replace after you've had a cold sore?

Didn't see that coming

When you receive presents, which do you prefer?

I want it to be a complete surprise
I want to know what I'm getting
I don't receive presents
I only receive presents when someone decides to to give me one spontaneously, so it's a moot point
Mostly I prefer to be surprised, but there are a few gift givers in my life who need guidance

Which would you prefer to be surprised by?

Ticky wielding a chainsaw
Ticky wielding a machete
Ticky wielding a knife
Ticky wielding a glove with knives on the fingers

Calories burned/exercise trackers

How trustworthy are exercise tracking apps like "mapmyride" when it comes to calories burned?

Example below of my last two bike I really burning that many calories on a cruiser bike? Granted I do not do a lot of "cruising" and am pedaling near constantly, some of it uphill but still...this seems too easy..haha!

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DK/DC : What are you hypocritical about?