Jan 05

  1. 1.I passed my boards. I am now limited to only 13 more years of hell, working for the state, enduring miserable hospitals who truly could care the least about patients. I love medicine dearly, and I love most of my patients dearly, I love our office staff, but wish that an earthquake or volcanic explosion would slough the hospital off into the sea.
  2. 2.As you can see above, I am developing a miserable sweat. I mounted my bicycle onto a trainer in the garage, and am riding most every day. My goals are to a) do the Flying Wheels Century in June (a Century is a 100 mile bicycle ride), b) do the Seattle to Portland 205 miles in July, my best friend from Michigan Dr. Ara P. will be flying out to do it with me, as well as about 20-30 people from the hospital whom I talked into doing it with me  c) Do the Courage Classic (168 miles over 3 major mountain passes) in August and d) the Ride4Life (only 62 miles though hilly, supports pro-life efforts in the state) in September, and possible the Portland Century in September. I will probably be visiting Diane in Berlin in April, and very well may bring my bicycle with me. It’s tempting, since Europe is more adaptable to cycle riding.
  3. 3.I have resumed grammar exercises in German. I find it to be a most enjoyable way of relaxing, and opens up an entirely new world to me, being able to read German (and eventually speak German) without translation or translators. I really hate visiting Germany and then speaking English.
  4. 4.I’m sick of studying medicine. The law requires that I still obtain CME’s (Continuing Medical Education), and so will be doing a variation of CME this year. No cancer. No surgery. Medicine doesn’t change that much any way, and staying too close to the current trends means that much of what you do will be discovered to be wrong in a year or two, meaning that you have to undo everything. Unfortunately, with the internet, patient’s come in supposedly “educated”, demanding the latest and greatest, and usually not realizing how foolish that really is. So, this year, Betsy and I do CME at Big Sky, Montana in early February with the Wilderness Medical Society, which entails learning to make snow caves, and how to treat frostbite, etc. Cool. Really cool. Freezing cool. Oh well. In June, I will also probably do the Wilderness Life Support Course in Moab, Utah. There, I learn to raft, ride mountain bikes, and treat snake bites. Ouch. There are a lot of snakes at the hospital. This course will be useful.
  5. 5.Rachel left back to Iowa in late December. Diane flew out to Deutschland on 03JAN08, and Jonny moves out to college (UW Seattle) tomorrow. We are now truly empty-nesters. That makes us both happy and sad. Happy, because it’s nice to have just Betsy, and quiet, and less mess, sad, because we truly love all our children and enjoy being with each and every one of them.
  6. 6.Music – we listened to the Karl Richter and Münchener versions of the Weihnachtsoratorium. Both renditions are excellent, and couldn’t say that I preferred one over the other. We watched the Ring des Niebelungen, conducted at Beyreuth by Barenboim. The music was excellent, but the staging was downright wierd. Like I said before, I don’t enjoy operas where everybody is wearing a trenchcoat. While they would like me to think that they are being creative, they are actually just the opposite. I’m currently listening through a collection called Mendelssohn-the Masterworks – a budget production, but very well done.
  7. 7.Reading – several books are ongoing…1) Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem – almost done, 2) Nachgefragt: Deutsche Geschichte – easy text and learning lots of new words, 3) Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling – self explanatory, 4) Exegetical Fallacies by DA Carson – excellent book, though a little more difficult reading, I love Carson’s thought processes and writing style. I’d dearly love to meet him someday. 5) A Practice Grammar of German – Die neue Gelbe – probably the best German grammar book that I’ve been able to find to date.
  1. 8.Ethan got baptised. Rev. David Scott is doing the ceremony, who is starting the new Presybyterian church in Puyallup. I hope they didn’t use ordinary old tap water. I wonder if you could request something like DaSani bottled water for your kid’s baptism?


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