Monday, September 21, 2009


I was hanging out with my mom and sister the other day and we were trying to find a movie to watch, which is always difficult because we have such a wide variety of tastes. Getting two of us to agree is hard enough, but all three often takes a ton of negotiation. After we went through all of Leslie & Clint's movies and were underwhelmed by our choices we flipped through the On-Demand and finally just to regular old cable trying to find something. As we were flipping through we suddenly saw Outbreak, which used to be one of our favs. Leslie and I have seen it many, many times and spent much of our childhood shrieking "EBOLA ZAIRE! It's airborne!!!" We're spazzy like that.

So we settled in to watch Outbreak which we haven't seen in a while. It was just as good as I remembered it. I would say I probably haven't seen it in at least 5 years. Probably not since I have gotten my MPH. I never really realized it, but Outbreak definitely helped fuel my interest in public health. If you've never seen the movie, it's basically an action flick about public health. It centers around an outbreak of an emerging disease albeit with some grand Hollywood stuff thrown in. It's mostly epidemiology focused, which is not my focus, but it still was so interesting to me in terms of health related issues. It's interesting to think that even minor pop-culture related things can have an impact on your life. All I have left to say is...

"EBOLA ZAIRE! It's airborne!!!"

1 comment:

Leslie Reed said...

as mom would say..."we're watching some trashy movie"