Thursday, February 24, 2005

World Wide Rant

Got his from this site. Sounded like an original enough idea...let's play!

The World Wide Rant - v3.0: Easy as 123

Okies, let's play the game ...


1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

"A corporation of which you are now the president."
John Cullum looked unimpressed with his putative new title. He said, "Deepneau's supposed to draw up articles of incorporation and make sure Tet's legal."

From Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower by Stephen King

For those of you who haven't read this's amazing. Wheter you think you like King or not, you should try it!


Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Life With a Purpose Week 2

I just got back from my second week of discussion of the book The Purpose Driven Life.
The book focuses on 5 key points to living a purpose in life. This weeks topic was probably the most uncomfortable for me- worship. In a nutshell the point is that we were created by God for His pleasure, and that we are to love Him with all our hearts mind body and soul. After the tape there is a discussion time where questions are posed to the group. It started slowly tonight, with people not piping up, until the heathen of the group spoke up. That's me, in case you don't know me yet. The question was basically "how do you feel about all of this?" The one word answers were happy, comforted, blah, blah, blah. After biting my tongue for a minute, I confessed that this was a sticking point with me. The statement that we were created basically to worship makes me feel a little like God was bored and looking for amusement. I made you, now bow to me! If you are good, I'll let you into Heaven where you can worship me for all eternity!!
Now I will be the first to admit a little self-centeredness, and a bigger than average ego, so the thought of bowing FOREVER is a little off-putting to me. Granted, it does beat the alternative biblical choice, but my (sinful) pride gives me a difficult time with this. All that being said, worship time at church is when I feel closest to God. I was a professional singer in my former life before medicine, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.
After my comments, the discussion took off, and it was nice. I love a debate. I didn't resolve anything, but it felt good to get my feelings out. I have a lot of left-over Christian guilt and it sucks to have all these questions bouncing around in your head, without talking about them.
I'll be back next week with the latest installment of my search for a purpose...

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Open House

We are having an open house all weekend long. Trying to sell the place so we can start seriously looking in Texas. What a pain in the ass. This is the third week in a row. We are trying to do it without a realtor for now, so we can be flexible on the price and make the offer attractive for a potential buyer. Of course the traffic is considerably less, too. Anybody out there had any experience with this? Will a realtor let me demand a higher asking price? Is the comission worth the amount of freaking hassle saved?
Oh well.. off to wait for a customer...

C,mon little buddy, you know you want it!

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bucket O' Leeches!

These are the medical leeches we got today to put on a skin flap with venous congestion that was threatening to destroy our work. The pic of them eating will follow shortly!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Life With a Purpose

Got back a little while ago from a small group meeting from my church
that my wife wants us to go to for the next 6 weeks. It is studying a book by Rick Warren called The Purpose Driven Life. It is basically a study on how to find God's true purpose for your life, and how all the little things in your daily life don't matter without a focused purpose. This is predicated on the fact that you are sure that there really IS a purpose to our existence. I struggle with this issue daily. I was raised in church and have a good solid religious family. I say my prayers most nights. I thank God for the little things as well as the big, and I ask for help and guidance when I need it. At the same time I'm doing that though, the realist/scientist or whatever in me asks if it's not all a big farce, just a way that we humans try and make sense of our pathetically short existence. I sure hope its not. I keep waiting for the thunderbolt that will take my doubt away, but so far it hasn't come. I feel a little like this guy, who blogs about his bible reading experiences as he goes. I just don't buy it all, and I feel guilty trying to pick and choose the parts that I can stomach. In the meantime, I'll keep searching.
I'll keep going with my wife because it is important to her, even if I do feel like a fraud sitting there. Hopefully by the end, I will have become a little less self-centered and material oriented, and have a newfound purpose in life. It could only help my marriage , and maybe, in the end, my soul. If not, maybe I'll at least make a few new friends. We'll see.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Plastic surgery...

I am on plastics right now, which is SUPPOSED to be a completely cush rotation. The fellow we have is really nice, but feels like we have to work the exact same schedule as he does. I spent 4o minutes the other day watching him sign dictations, when I could have actually had a decent lunch for a change!!
Today it is 70 degrees outside, sandwiched in between 2 days in the 30s-40s. We got in this AM with only one case scheduled, that was to take less than 2 hours. Nice! Should have been on the links by 11AM at the latest. At 1:30PM we finally scrubbed out. The fellow had never done the procedure before, and was taking his sweet time. Thats one big reason I love EM. I never would have seen golf as a possibility if I knew going in that I would be there until X time- therefore no disappointment. When a 10 AM day goes till 3- that sucks! Oh well... the case was cool at least.
We consulted on a guy today who was drunk messing around with his high powered hunting rifle. Long story short, drunk drops gun, gun goes off and completely blows this dude's knee away! One of the most impressive wounds I have ever seen. I assume the lesson in this is obvious, so I won't even mention it... Gotta go get my kiddos. See ya!

Me and the wife!!

Monday, February 14, 2005

One more blogger...

Well, not that the world needed it, but here is yet one more blog. My name is Steve and I am a senior medical student at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. I am 30 years old, and I have a wife of 7 years, Tobi, along with two georgous daughters, Haley and Riley. We will be uprooting in June after I graduate. We are moving to San Antonio, Texas, so I can do a residency in Emergency Medicine with the US Air Force. ( I'm sure there will be plenty more on that to come...) Hopefully this blog will be sort of a cathartic stress release. I hope to make some friends and learn a little about myself in the process. I hope to get to know lots of you!

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