i just found out that we have a 4-day weekend before finals on april 14-17. start lobbying your favorite locations for a mini-road trip… kentucky for real rock climbing? ohio for visiting? michigan for geo-caching?
this water-gun assassination game is literally changing my daily life and habits. i was going to list some of my defensive strategy, but i wouldn’t want to give myself away.
Goshen ER time: 98 hours down, 22 to go.
sean shared a quality thought-provoking film w/ me the other day. it is based off the words and speeches given by Arundhati Roy, writer of “The God of Small Things” and 2004 Sydney Peace Prize winner. here is the link to it on Google Video: “We”- Arundhati Roy
it will play in the browser. download it if you want a better resolution.
it got me thinking about race and how strange it is. it doesn’t exist in the physical sense, only in our minds. what brought out these thoughts were the images of the nationalism in the mid-century and how people in one country actually believed without a doubt that they were better than another group of people living on a different plot of land. the same is true today with the added misfortune that many think america is “God’s chosen nation.” in the film religious superiority is also looked at via the lens of the arab/israeli conflict.
we were a nation founded on the principle of separation of church and state, and it is what set us apart from europe in the 1700′s. by now the tables have turned as we are criticized by europe and the world for our dangerous meddling of religion and politics. by now all i can do is hope for a spectacular change of events at the next presidential election. hopefully the Bush crusade doesn’t invade anymore countries before then.
it just took our dryer over an hour to dry my clothes. i also forgot to add dryer sheets and i didn’t really notice any difference. maybe i’ll go sheetless from now on.
I always spell recieved wrong. i know i know… i before e except after c. my brain just can’t get it. speaking of spelling, i remember being told in kindergarden that every word has a vowel in it. it was only a few minutes before we wondered about the word “my.” apparently the letter “y” is a vowel poser from time to time.
3 weeks left of class
30 days until senegal
94 percent of senegal is muslim
46 years of senegal independence from France
48 percent unemployment rate in senegal
so much to do between now and then…
yessir, back home in lewis county (“the LC”) we ride snowmobiles everywhere…
i want to discover the little pockets of culture like this around the world.
wow… what a great week. i’ve been disciplined in my studies, made quality time to do stuff with friends, i’m getting to know my “coworkers” in the ER better and more on the casual level, and i’ve found some more good music.
red nose studio
today was match day for med school graduates and their upcoming 4 year residency placement. my sister got her top choice matched at the university of utah. sweeeet. we’re all excited about the upcoming trips out west.
here are some more dissapointing news articles discovered today while using the east hall bathroom…
BBC News: US backs first-strike attack plan
BBC News: US launches major Iraq offensive
all of this when “Bush has his lowest Gallup Poll approval rating of 36%,” “Most Americans say Bush has no clear plan for Iraq,” and “protestants and frequent churchgoers most supportive of Iraq war”
1,041 days until Bush leaves office… his damage to our foreign policy and international reputation is beyond measure.
tory is in Scotland and recently visited loch ness.
it was all ho-hum until i noticed one of her pictures on her facebook album…
wait just a second…
perhaps this is what happens after spending over 6 hours studying and cranking out chem calculations plus research notecards. i cant wait for an upcoming diner breakfast in 8 hrs. meanwhile, i’ll sleep.
hi jason. i have a story to tell you.
and the thunder rolls…
we had some major lightning storms last night, including a tornado watch. they rolled through last evening and early this morning from 3-7am…. what a sight. Its been a while since I’ve experienced a storm of such magnitude. the map above is taken from around 6am this morning with the squares representing lightning strikes. Goshen is buried in there, basically in the middle of it.
“It starts out easy, something simple, something sleazy, something inching past the edge of the reserve. Now through lines of the cheap venetian blinds your car is pulling off of the curb.”
today was really nice outside. it is also a great buyer. super fast payment. A+++++++++++++++
today we drove south on 15 to go to the 20th century restaurant. it was closed so we drove another mile to the small town of milford. after wandering (in our cars) for a few streets, we found their downtown and two pizzarias. they had only 2 storefronts in between them and we wondered “which one is better?” we chose the one on the left. we walked in the door only to find a dim, dark, and smokey room with a table full of people staring at us for a minute. no waitresses came to us, there was no real place to order, and the people kept staring. we left. it was by far the worst dining establishment i have even been to in my life, and i think it will have no problem maintaining that status.
the other pizzaria was better, and I’d eat there again in the future. plus their pressure-cooked chicken meal was a good deal.
i have an evolved advantage…
hair will never get in the way of my right eye.
the constant gardener is an excellent movie…
it is not for entertainment purposes only
-choose a bay on the pacific
-go in the morning during low-tide
-find millions of little holes where the shrimp have burrowed
-take a big PVC pipe syringe and suck up the sand/water/shrimp and blast it out.
-pick up the confused shrimp that is usually then laying in the sand
-use this live bait for fishing
highlights from the past week:
-going to a nickle arcade north of chicago
-flying with southwest, efficiency at its best
-the warmth of “the valley” in oregon
-seeing the pacific for the first time in newport
-eating famous clam chowder at the original moe’s
-grilling burgers and dews at our yurt on the coast
-”shrimp-gunning” shrimp at low tide in the morning
-hiking three miles of washed out trails and elk trails and wading two in the drift creek
-baiting the hook with live shrimp and casting in a mountain creek
-not catching any fish
-getting an hour long migraine and vomitting in the drugstore parkinglot
-geocaching along the coast, we dropped of mike
-visiting small holeinthewall record/music stores in cravalis and evanston
-watching loser trying to complain his way out of not paying at china-buffet
-being in the liberal-land of eugene oregon
-watching “the constant gardener”
-playing settlers cities and knights, balderdash beyond, and torres with dirk’s family
-tubing in the cascade mountains
-eating quality hungarian food at novak’s
-visiting powell’s city of books in portland, the largest independent bookstore in the world (seriously)
-eating southern indian food in chicago with kaleem’s family, so many new and delicious vegetarian flavors