Tonawanda News

March 4, 2010

KEPPELER: Caffeine and other headaches

Have you ever had one of those days when it feels like your brain is trying to beat its way out of your skull through your eye socket?


I’m having one now. I hesitate to call it a migraine, as I think that name is reserved for conditions far more debilitating than mine, but it’s definitely a headache.

That said, please bear with me. It’s a fragmented kind of day.

• On Monday, Buffalo mayor Byron Brown issued a proclamation recognizing March as Caffeine Awareness Month. The moniker exists, apparently, to call attention to “the dangers of caffeine dependency and intoxication.”

Yes, seriously.

People still leaving this area in droves, unemployment is frighteningly high, the state’s in a budget crisis and the Sabres didn’t win Tuesday — but we’re going to take time to worry about a relatively harmless coffee jones. OK, then.

Well, I promise to celebrate Caffeine Awareness Month by being very aware of caffeine. In fact, I’m aware right now that my coffee cup is empty, and I’d better do something about that.

Always glad to do my part.

• I’m not sure I could say it better, so here, courtesy of President Barack Obama, is my personal Quote of the Day:

“We can’t just give up because the politics are hard. ... This is about what reform would mean for the mother with breast cancer whose insurance company will finally have to pay for her chemotherapy. This is about what reform would mean for the small business owner who will no longer have to choose between hiring more workers or offering coverage to the employees she has. This is about what reform would mean for the middle-class family who will be able to afford health insurance for the very first time in their lives.”

Obama ended his speech with the words, “I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right.”

Yeah. That.

• I don’t know much about Sen. Jim Bunning, but I know I’d like to smack him — on behalf of everyone trying to make ends meet on meager unemployment benefits, of course.

Every time I see some smug politician expounding on why he just had to make things more difficult for regular people because of some picky bit of partisan politics, I feel a pressing need to see how he’d react to making do on a more typical American salary. Or even better, minimum wage.

Hey, a girl can dream.

• On a happier note, I attended the Crop to Remember to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association on Saturday — and met a ton of very nice people having fun with a great hobby to benefit a fantastic cause.

The event was well-organized, well-attended and very hopefully raised a good bit of money to preserve memories in a way even more concrete than scrapbooking.

And I’ll raise a cup of coffee to that any day.

Jill Keppeler is a columnist and page designer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at