Are you a health nut?

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Speaking of flying, airplane food (sic) is an excellent illustration of modern America's commitment to staying unhealthy. Pushers, I mean, flight attendants rolling a shiny cart up and down the ever-narrowing aisle will lean in and smile, "Cheeseburger?" or "Coke?" If you want to garner attention, decline this public offer of slow-acting poison. If you want to chance having Homeland Security waiting for you when you de-board, ask for something that doesn't induce cancer, heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. You might as well wear a neon sign on your forehead that flashes: PSYCHOTIC.

Stay strong. It was William S. Burroughs who once made clear, "A psychotic is someone who has just found out what's going on." And once you've found out what's going on and you start speaking up, you'll find yourself with one more categorization: "radical" (as if it were an insult). But I suggest you wear that label with pride. The Latin origin of the word radical is the same as for the word "root." A radical is one who gets to the root of things. Plus, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., declared: "When you're right, you can never be too radical."

Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at http://www.mickeyz.net.

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