March 26th, 2005


I Have to Begin, Somehere

I'm so new to this that I hadn't even read a blog entry, of any kind, until about a week ago, when time allowed me to get to an e-mail from a British nephrologist whom I had met at Cambridge, about 15 years ago, and who was replying to an e-mail in which I had sent him a photo of a patient of mine, the first in 37 years, who had successfully delivered a baby.... Apgar 9/9 @ 35 weeks, while on hemodialysis. I carry the photo of the patient and her newborn daughter in my wallet with my 8 grandchildren. Kind of special. But, wandering of course.... Paul connected me to Rhea's blog, and that revealed the wonderful world of LiveJournal, and this threatens to separate me from the thousands of uncompleted tasks that I must prioritize.

That's how I got here.

Then, I discovered the links.

Spitfire, as an interest, led me to an exotic blogger, who seems to mix Spitfires, nurses and medicine, and Czechoslovakia into an interest collection, and so, I thought I'd better write something down, real quick, even if it's not what it would be if I ever had time to really write.

And that was before I discovered several blogs that appear to be written by ESRD patients (End Stage Renal Disease.)

Well, returning to aviation, I will state for the record, that I, 69 year old physician, drive a 571 HP Porsche with 5 times the horsepower of the airplane I soloed in, umpty years ago, a Cessna 150! That's just the start of this braggadocio, as this old guy, with about 45-50 hours flight time, flew in a Spitfire.

Really, by the hair on my chinny chin chin, I flew in a Spitfire! Anyone got a clue how a pilot with 50 hours could take off in and land in a Spitfire? The drinks are on me if you solve this one.

A Few Comments on March Madness, and JURY DUTY!!!

I have already written a picture postcard from Hawaii to Ben Howland, coach of the UCLA Bruins, following their loss to Bobby Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders, in the first round. The card is memorable for it has a picture of me in a Hawaiian shirt, blue and gold, of course, and I am wearing my good luck Bruins' tie. I look dejected. Wearing a tie in Hawaii is a kind of desecration, but at least if it's for a cause. It did not work! Tech's defense shut down Jordan Farmar who couldn't get the UCLA offense going and they ended up looking like the freshmen they largely were. But Howland is getting them to play like the Bruins of old, and there is hope, so, laughing at myself, I wrote to Howland to encourage him.... like he needs it! I need it!

And today, the decision as to which team to pull for when my native state, Illinois played Arizona, the last hope of the Pacific Ten Conference. I pulled for Arizona, my son, Dirk's favorite team. (He also loves Syracuse, another first round loser!) So, tonight, Stoudamire picks this critical night to have one of his worse nights, and the Wildcats squander a 14-15 point lead with 4 minutes to go, and lose in overtime, and don't even get off a credible shot with 11 seconds left! How could they not get off a decent shot at least?

Great Illini comeback. Worthy of a championship game. Now, of course, I hope they go all the way! This is really the greatest time for college sports because of the single elimination tournament.

I'm back from 2 weeks in Hawaii, and I have to report for jury duty on Monday! Two sons are deputy district attorneys, I'm a physician, and they want me to serve on a jury, instead of seeing 30 patients a day! My request to be excused was denied. Nothing wrong with my health. Do they know about my reaction to March Madness?
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