So Stanford medical center had an add in the local paper this week that mentioned that they needed A+ blood (in addition to O+ and O- which are always in demand), and I was flattered that my blood would be in demand. I figured that A+ was a blood type that there wasn't much call for (as I expected an abundance of donors in the area).
So I made an appointment on-line for this morning and went to give blood. I must admit, I was a little trepidacious since the last time I gave blood I hadn't had anything for breakfast, and nearly feinted. I certainly wasn't going to let that happen today, so I made sure to drink plenty of water this morning.
But I got through the procedure no problem, and was pretty efficient. Apparently I have 'good veins', which means that they are large. And I learned that this can be enhanced with exercise, so I guess I was right in my thinking that with more time climbing I would develop arms more like Pat's.