Monday, April 25, 2005

Spring-ter

Hey, it's spring! No, wait, it's winter. Oh, hold on, no it's spring again. It freakin snowed Saturday night. Just a dusting. The air temperature only got down to about 33 and the ground didn't freeze at all. And it melted instantaneously. Good thing since it was snowing onto the freakin spring flower blooms. What the hell?!? There for two days it actually felt like winter again. Or it would have, except that I spent from 8am Sat until Noon on Sun in the hospital.

What else is going on? Oh yeah, that's right, Auburn put 4 first-round picks into the NFL draft. Holy shit. Four years ago, I would have never thought that Jason Campbell would still be starting QB, let alone a first-round draft pick. Kudos to him, he has really come a long way. Especially having a new offensive coordinator and new offense to learn every single year of his college career.

The downside to having 4 players graduate and go in the 1st round is that it seems to leave the team a little dry on experience at key positions like QB, TB, other TB, CB. Huh, wonder what next year will be like.

Thanks to digital cable and free onDemand, we can start Deadwood at the very beginning of season 2 and catch up a show at a time whenever we have a chance. Unfortunately, we're so busy that we're only about 3/4 of the way through the first show of the season. We'll get there eventually.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Cruel Sense of Humor

First off, let's just be honest about this, is it considered to be funny when patients forget to go their appointments in Memory Disorders Clinic? Just for a moment, come on, you know it is.

Apparently we need to seriously reconsider our strategy at the horse track. That is, the only time we ever win is when Heather picks one with a pretty name. Or that they jockey is wearing pretty colors. Or when Heather picks a horse with "pretty eyes". Apparently my in-depth analysis of class, speed, trainer, jockey, and prior performances means ABSOLUTELY nothing. That being said, last Saturday was a beautiful day at Keeneland and the Bluegrass Stakes was a great race. I thought that either Consolidator or Sun King would get it, but Bandini came out of nowhere. The Kentucky Derby will be very interesting this year. The rough thing about Keeneland though, is that on Saturdays, almost as many people show up as go to UK football games. Think about that for a moment. And another moment. Luckily our second and last trip during this season will come on Wednesday when things aren't nearly as crowded.

So, we were considering adding HBO to our cable for some time now, and seeing the comments about Deadwood from Jon and Claudia I think finally put us over the edge. Wow, damn good show. Not to mention all of the movies that we're catching up on.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Victory at last

So, I obviously did not do well with my online bracket. However, apparently, with the exact same picks I won my bracket with some people at the hospital. And the stakes in that bracket were twice as high. Whoopie.

'Tis golf season again. Got to play golf for the first time in well over a year yesterday. Didn't actually do too badly. For me. 66 on nine holes. Would have been under 60 except for one particularly bad hole. I want to be back down into the 50's before winter again. Only lost about 3 balls also. As should be obvious, I have VERY modest goals when it comes to golf.

And one last victory: got our refund check from the state tax return today. Just gotta get the federal now. I hate lending the government money interest-free, but since this is the first time I've filed since 1998, I was a little rusty at estimating paycheck withholding.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Comments may be delayed until irrelevancy by Blogger's being a pile of crap

That being said, I finally got some comments to go with pictures that were finally uploaded a few days ago.

I had some commentary on how the bracket turned out, but screw it; I've already typed it twice for Blogger to lose, so I guess we'll never know. Other than congrats to Jon.

Spring is in the air and plants are making their way into the ground.

Intern year continues to count down. Quicker some days than others.

Keeneland is in full effect and we have yet to have been, what with the whole working nonstop thing and all. Next weekend is looking mighty fine though.

Thursday, April 07, 2005


Here we take the requisite picture with one of the lions at the front door of George Vanderbilt's "country cottage", otherwise known as Biltmore Estate. Posted by Hello

Here we explore the Oconaluftee River of Haywood Co, NC on the pleasantly untraveled side of the Smokies. Posted by Hello

Clingman's Dome: the highest point in Tennessee and about 50 feet short of being the highest point in the Appalachians Posted by Hello

The Smoky Mountains really do look smoky.  Posted by Hello

Heather and I also explored the headwaters of the Little River, seen here. The old homestead is just a few miles downriver.
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

"Get three coffins ready"...
A few minutes and one insulted mule later...
"My mistake, four coffins"
-Joe in A Fistful of Dollars

Ah yes, yesterday was a cold, very very windy and wet day. Thus, a trip to Best Buy was born. Heather picked up a trilogy of Audrey Hepburn movies and we shared a season of Buffy. However, the Sergio Leone trilogy is all, all mine. A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly will make for hours and hours of entertainment. Tee hee. I have also discovered the art of the mai tai. Enough mai tai mix and grenadine can make 3 year old white rum that was cheap to begin with taste pretty good. 13 hours straight at the freakin' VA? No prob with a get-home mai-tai.

Have I mentioned my dislike for the VA? Vacation pictures to come, some time, I promise. As I am now back on inpatient general medicine wards and it is the first half of April, I've decided that taxes should be a priority in what little spare time that I have this week. Creative deduction time.