The Sandy River Review Spring 2017

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A Day for Everything Adam Giles Sweat rolls down Alice’s face as she sleeps, cascading around the oxygen mask muzzling her nose and mouth. Nurse Tom, in full hazmat suit, checks Alice’s IV, presses a button to silence a beeping machine, and places a cool cloth on his patient’s forehead. Nurse Tom twists the plastic cap off a bottle of TastyWater, pours some into a Styrofoam cup, and leaves it on Alice’s bedside table in the event that today is the day she wakes up. Alice’s grade 11 Environmental Studies students gather outside the big glass wall of her quarantined hospital room because the school only had one Environmental Studies teacher (Alice) and now these kids all have a last period spare. This superbug Alice has contracted is the 999th confirmed case of antibiotic-immune bacteria in the Greater Toronto Area. Nurse Tom unpins the calendar from the bulletin board over Alice’s bed. He flips the page to December and pins it back up. *** December 1: Phishing Prevention Day Stop clicking links in bogus emails. You’re costing your employers millions. What is it that gets you? The promise of a “larger unit?” Subject lines like, “Confidence Pills…Cheap” or “Totally Real Stock Tips?” Blindly clicking links and opening attachments is akin to having sex without a condom: there are bugs everywhere out there, just waiting for you to let your guard down. Help us spread the word by forwarding this message to everyone in your contacts list—tell them to click the “Practice Safe Emailing (and Sex)” link for additional helpful tips. Toronto forecast: 26°C, mainly sunny. December 2: Rock Hard Abs Appreciation Day For too long, men and women with rock hard abs have been alone in appreciating their own rock hard abs (typically in front of change room mirrors). Seriously, do you know how hard it is to get rock hard abs? Participate in today’s March to End Obliviousness about Rock Hard Abs—the exercise might even help you firm up that soft middle of yours, tubby. 37