Bode is in his early thirties, and was born in East New York, Brooklyn. We share the same beliefs on a number of issues and we run together. His Nigerian background makes us noticeably different, but that is the only real major difference – and the fact that he is a real hero.
He refers to me as sir, because for some reason he sees me as a mentor of his. This is the only – the only – person with which I avoid discussing politics because I feel that there is nothing that I can really tell him that he doesn't know (which never stops him from asking what he considers my “expert” opinion when we run together). Try running with a Marine and discussing policy at the same time.
Bode never told friends that he was shot in the leg in Iraq, and the way the guy runs, who would know? But recently the wound somehow turned cancerous. He had been calling friends while in the hospital because he said he didn’t know if he was going to live. I received messages and meant to give him a call back.
But what makes this guy heroic is that he doesn’t tell you he was recently in the hospital with cancer until about 30 minutes into a conversation about all kinds of other things. I’m sure Chris Coffland was the same way. If Coffland had returned, he would have had his Afghanistan stories, but they would have been part of a life that blended right back into civilian life. No big deal…just saving the world is all. Here is hoping for a safe return and a quick one as well to all of the military in that region.
Bode is okay now, and, as he causally explained, he gets to keep his leg. It’s an honor to know this guy, and maybe I need to return phone calls with more regularity.
Are You The Next Wildcard for the Mets?
The Flushing Business Improvement District announced last week that they are actively looking for college students to intern with the New York Mets in 2010. One would think that if any applicants are familiar with pitching in mid-relief, they would go to the front of the line.
Peter Criss’ New Journey
Kiss drummer Peter Criss recently announced that he has male breast cancer. Male breast cancer is not as widely talked about as it is for women. Criss claims that men are slow to admit that they might have this because it is embarrassing. The word breast seems to be what makes men slow to get help. But letting a lump linger around in your chest is far worse.
A few years ago, a friend that does a lot of hiring for companies explained why there were so few male nurses.
“The word nursing,” he said “brings to mind the image of a woman holding an infant to her chest. It does not make men want to enter the field. They don’t go into nursing because they call it nursing.”
Maybe that is true, but if re-labeling something is what is needed, it seems like a quick fix to get people moving in the right direction. Maybe male breast cancer can be referred to as chest cancer, or some other scientific expression. Vanity is not worth dying for.