Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney simply doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand that President Obama is the perfect example of American exceptionalism. President Obama was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He wasn’t born into wealth. Instead, through hard work and fabulous education, he walked the long journey from Honolulu to the White House. So, when Mitt Romney says, “I don’t think the president, by his comments, suggests an understanding of what it is that makes America a unique nation,” I just have to laugh. President Obama could not have made this fantastic journey in Mexico or France or Spain or Germany or even Japan. Our president knows full well what makes our country unique. He is a living example of it.
Last night, I almost went to Batman. Yesterday, in fact, could be summed up as an entire day of almosts. You see, I thought I was off yesterday. In my line of work, trauma surgeon, you really have to be mentally prepared to work. I thought I was off yesterday. I took a golf lesson. Then I played 18 holes. Well, almost. I really only played 16 holes of golf because I was paged on the 16th hole. A nurse had a simple question. Before I returned the page, I checked the call schedule (using my cell phone). Damn. I’m on call.
Now it was time to panic. I needed to get off the golf course, get home, get a shower, get dressed and get to the hospital before the ER called me with a critical patient. Luckily, I was driving into the parking lot of the hospital when I got paged about a patient with bilateral forearm lacerations which were deep and bleeding.
Around 11 PM, things were settling down. I had admitted a couple of patients to the hospital. I’d been through the ICU. I’d even seen the nurses up on the trauma floor and addressed any issues or concerns that they had. I thought it was “safe” to sneak out and catch an 11:30 pm showing of the new Batman movie. The movie theater was only 7 minutes from the hospital. I had arrived at the movie theater, bought the ticket, sat down in the theater and was watching the previews. Then my pager went off. It was time to go. I didn’t even get a chance to see the opening credits. Maybe I can try again tomorrow night. 🙂
All in all, considering I didn’t even know I was on call, the night went pretty well.
I have listened to Click and Clack, the Tappit brothers (Tom and Ray Magliozzi) for years (decades, really). For the most part, my cars have worked over those years, but I listen for the laughs. They simply made their shows enjoyable. They laughed at each other and at the goofy situations that their callers could find themselves in. They were smart and witty. They were/are the best that radio has to offer. Well, they have called it quits. Personally, I will miss them. No, I didn’t listen every week, but I did smile or laugh out loud every time I did listen. Here’s what they placed on their web site.
RAY: Hey, you guys. My brother has always said, “Don’t be afraid of work.”
TOM: Right. Make work afraid of YOU! (more…)