Shaken Not Stirred

Friday, May 27, 2005

Reality Check

On Wednesday, my review class took a break to watch the "American Idol" get crowned. Everyone waited in bated breath with their opinions of who should receive the title. We were suppose to be studying carcinomas and EKG's. We were watching Fox to see the results of tied up phone lines and millions of texts sent thru the airwaves.

Carrie Underwood took the title, beating Bo Bice. My class was neither torn, nor happy. Some had even predicted that Carrie would get it.

The point is the break was taken just to take the break. We used the show as an excuse not to sit down with our notes and to just relax. Although I did not find it relaxing the next day in class when Dr. Francis pelted questions our way. One student rose to the occassion though---Miasha won her group's showdown challenge (won 6 bucks for each of her mates) answering every question in less than 1 second!!!! And she watched all two hours of "American Idol"!!!

Bottom line--take a BREAK!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Environmental Disturbance

Lately I've been sitting in lectures--hence my lack of entries for the last couple weeks. You know, I normally having something to say, even if it's really about nothing.
Anyway, before I take you on some random tangeant and never get to my point, I'll digress back to the topic that I came here to write about. It was a person's environment. In medical school, one of the things we learned about autistic children is that stability and sameness was important to them. As an example, a professor said a parent should never go in and change the child's room while they were in there, it could cause havoc.
I think I realized I was the same way. When people come into a lecture hall, they tend to situate themselves in the same local that they started with. If on Monday, they were in the front row, they remain there till the end of the week. Me, I got bumped early in the course and had to find new seating arrangements. Fine with me, I took the extreme front, a place most people don't like. But for two days straight I griped and groaned.
Today, the third week into the lectures, the two girls behind me, Bianca Greenwood and Shyla Penarosa moved. For the first half hour or so, I was unable to concentrate. I had to get settled into the new environment. Hopefully now that I've re-established myself with the newness, they won't move back!!!!
Have a good day. I know the entry was boring, but you know I haven't had contact with the outside world for so long!

Monday, May 09, 2005

scandals, scandals everywhere, but not a moral to learn

You know, in the wake of some of the new scandals, we have forgotten some of the more important news stories. For example, do we really want to know about an alleged love affair brewing between Brad and Angelie? Is it really so interesting? I think the people hurt are those affected by the front page display of affection between the two celebrities and also their loved ones. Or what about the recent claims of the fallen American idol and one of the panel judges? I don't think her "help"/"encouragement" helped him at all, after all he was knocked off the list at number 9. Plus can a judge get callers to call in for one of the stars. He claims he has to get this "guilt" off his conscience. I think he wants to get his book deal off the ground!

There is so much more going on in the world, and we are more interested in small trivial stories, which don't affect the outcome of our lives. We don't learn anything from them, we shouldn't lose sleep over them, nor are they anything that our children or grandchildren will be choosing on a future multiple choice exam.

I have to admit that I was drawn into one of the stories lately. I even stayed up way past my bedtime to watch a special about it. I was curious and was trying to discern for myself the validity of the "claims" by one of the scandal participants. I even discussed this story in length with one of my friends, claiming that the participant's story held no water--it couldn't because there were too many holes. I think my friend yawned at my explanation and then tried to change the subject. Although I don't think she meant to change the subject. We both railroad our conversation so much that I think it was par for the course. It something that we all need to learn to do, railroad our interest towards something that has a more educational route.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The Barter System

On the radio this morning, they reported a news story about a man who tried to buy a home delivered pizza with pot. The story said that the delivery man brought the pizza to the door, was answered by the customer in his skivies, and the customer took the pizza and then started searching his home for money. When the customer couldn't find any, he tried to pay for the pizza with pot. When the delivery man said he needed either cash or the pizza back, the customer then pushed and punched the deliver man.

I don't know about you, but first of all, in order to barter, you have to have something that someone wants to trade for. Second of all, I know sex sells, but know your audience. One broke, volatile man in his tighty whities (not sure what kind of underwear they were, but from the sounds of the story, this is what my imagination concocted) does not a picture ad make. Third of all, what were you thinking giving away drugs? Again know your audience!!!!

I think I squeezed out all I could from this story. I'm not sure if the story is on the net yet. But maybe you'll hear it sometime today.

Happy Birthday to my friend Sheiryll Schoff! She's a gorgeous and may I say buff woman!!!! She's got a degree in physical therapy and works out constantly. I'm not trying to sell her cause she is already taken, but just wanted to let you know that some perfection does exist! She celebrates on May 4th!