Can I be honest? I'm so glad that (as of this writing) no one has nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

But that doesn't mean I don't care about ALS. Do you even know what ALS stands for?

I didn't either, but here's the gist of it straight from the ALSA:

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. There is no cure and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that modestly extends survival.

(I mean, if you're going to dump ice on your head you might as well know what you're doing it for.)

Of course, you're supposed to have a friend record it, post it on Facebook, do the dump, and name off three friends that you want to see do it. If they don't, then they're supposed to donate to ALSA, usually $100. And it's brought in record amounts of donations to ALS research, so this is probably the best part of all of this.

But if you don't like cold ice on your head (my hand is raised), here's an alternative.

Join the Walk to Defeat ALS! In fact, this is good timing because the closest upcoming ones are in Syracuse on September 13 and in the Hudson Valley on October 19. Each walk is only a mile long.

For me, I'd rather walk a mile than do the ice bucket. By the way, I say if you're going to do the ice bucket, you ought to donate the money as well. That's just me. Happy dousing!