John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

That accounts for the bleeding, you see

I donated blood yesterday. My first time this year! And the 12th time since moving to Wisconsin in 2010. I've been pretty faithful about it; looking over my history, I see my first four donations were pretty irregular, but since July 2011 I've been donating about as often as I've been allowed.

What's kind of strange is that prior to coming to Wisconsin, I donated blood very rarely. I can only remember doing so twice: once in 1992, and again in 2009. That's not to say those were the only two times I donated; it's just that those stand out in my memory.

The first one was memorable because it was the first time I ever donated. I was working on Capitol Hill, and I had a bit of a crush on one of the women I worked with. So one day when a blood drive was being held downstairs from our office and she suggested that a bunch of us should go down as a group to donate, I went along with the idea, as boys with crushes will do when asked to go somewhere by girls they have crushes on.

I remember the other one because I was out of town at the time. I was up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, interviewing for a position in the Gettysburg College campus bookstore. When I entered the College Union Building, I noticed there was a blood drive going on, and after my interview was over, I stopped and gave blood. I'm not sure why I decided to stop; yes, it was convenient, but I'm certain that at some point during the previous 17 years, I had passed up opportunities that were just as convenient. Maybe there was a pretty girl at the check-in table.
Tags: dc, halcyon days of yore, pa

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