You've heard of those genetic DNA tests, right?  They have those websites you can go to where you can spit into a test tube and have it sent off to the lab and it will tell you what percentage of what ethnicity you are.

I'm 100% honkey, so I'm not going to waste my money on that.

However, there are some other useful implementations of the service.  It can tell you how your genetics can influence your chances for certain diseases.  Not tell you whether or not you'll get cancer...but whether your genes give you a higher likelihood of developing something down the line.

In this reporters humble opinion, we are stuck with COVID.  There's no "15 Days to Flatten The Curve".  It's "what can I do to better my chances at beating it once I have it".

Now, 23&Me has a COVID-19 Severity Calculator that gives you a heads up on what issues the virus may bring.

According to 23&Me:

Using the COVID-19 Severity Calculator highlights how certain underlying health conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes significantly increased the risk for hospitalization for COVID-19. For example, our data showed that research participants with the virus who exercised at least once a week were almost 20 percent less likely to be hospitalized than those who did not exercise. In addition, our study found that simply being overweight increased the risk for hospitalization by about 34 percent over those with a normal body mass index among those participating in our study.

I am one of the lucky ones that got over COVID easily.  But that doesn't mean I'm done with it.  Time to start losing weight and exercising so next time it's even easier for me.

Quad Cities Live Music Venues That Aren't Live Music Venues Anymore

Nostalgia Alert!.

We've compiled a quick list (by no means comprehensive) of venues in the Quad Cities that are no longer music venues but to us will ALWAYS hold a special place were we saw some great shows and made some incredible memories.

To many of us the live music scene wasn't just a concert here & there. It was an every weekend affair. And it didn't matter if it was a touring band or your buddy's band. We were going to be there with a beer in hand and scream along with guitars that were way too loud in a room that was improperly treated acoustically and make some bad decisions.

It's Not All Bad...Here Are 10 Things to Look Forward to in 2022

Newsweek posted a big list of 22 exciting things to expect this year. Here are the highlights and why you should care about them.