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Posted on 2008.11.21 at 15:18
I just read this on one of LJ's 404 pages:

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Captain: It's you !!
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Posted on 2008.11.21 at 15:13
Not that I ever expect gifts, but for those who feel they must spend money on me during this winter season, I am requesting that a donation be made to one of my favourite charities instead. The two I care most about are Smile Train and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. By donating to charities we can make lots of people happy instead of just one.


Wherein good deeds get rewarded

Posted on 2008.10.30 at 14:29
After I donated several copies of Clarence to Cincinnati Children's Hospital a while back, I have been looking to continue that vein by donating copies to other organizations that help children. This is one way I can feel like I'm making a small difference with the limited free time I have available currently. And it's also a way for me to fulfill my mission of helping children while I'm waiting to become a pediatric surgeon.

So I sent emails to both children's homes in my area to find out if they had children in the age group that would appreciate Clarence (about 0-6 years old). Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, there are very few children in that age group in the children's homes. However, I sent a copy to the Diocesan Children's Home up the road from me so that it could be used in their school library. I figured that if it even gets read once, it's worth the effort. Clarence has such a great message for children in this situation because perseverance and family are strong threads throughout the story.

Then, today, I received the letter below from the children's home. It's nice that a donation caused a sale, but what's even nicer is that the school he mentions is the one my mother went to as a child. It's neat how events come full circle sometimes.
Click here for the letterCollapse )


For a poetry gathering this evening . . .

Posted on 2008.10.12 at 14:34
A thin stream of blood
trickles down the front page
of my newspaper.
Jagged and fading -
the EKG of a once healthy economy.
In the last throes of death
its temper is shown
more volatile than foreign oil.
Violent attempts to recover
are coupled with peaceful
valleys of rest.
I plant seeds in the depths
of its despair -
in hopes that when the physician
shows up with his electric
paddles, I too may be


Back to school

Posted on 2008.09.24 at 14:14
My first day back to school was great. I had the entire summer off, so I wasn't sure how I would take to getting back into the rigour of classes. I was also very nervous about moving to a 4-year school from my 2-year community college. However, it seems that classes at U.C. will progress at a slower pace than they did at C.S.. This is a major boon! Taking Calculus 3 along with two chemistry courses and Spanish seemed like it might be a bit much. We'll see how that pans out, but at the moment I am relieved.

Also, my lab partner from C.S. is in my Physical Chemistry class. This makes me feel like less of a stranger and gives me someone to talk to and study with on campus. It's a good thing, too, because I think this may be the toughest course this term.


Scholarship magic

Posted on 2008.09.23 at 11:39
I attended a somewhat fancy dinner Sunday night at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. I was a finalist for a book scholarship they were awarding. And although I did not receive the scholarship, I was able to see what fraternities were like at UC. I don't think I'll ever be the fraternity type - no matter how tame the fraternity.

Anyway, after the dinner and the awarding of the scholarships, I performed a card effect for some of the applicants and brothers. It was the first time I have done magic for a group so large and the reaction was spectacular. People were floored by the effect. It may have been the audience, mostly freshman, or it could have been that they didn't expect that from me because I had been so quiet up until that point. Either way, I came away from the dinner feeling good instead of rejected.

Classes start tomorrow, so I had better get back to reviewing the Calculus.


Magically yours,

Posted on 2008.09.05 at 18:03
The magic is coming along nicely. I put Benjamin's pencil through a quarter I found behind his ear today. Of course, I let him keep the quarter. Does that mean I'm paying off my audience? That's one way to be liked, I guess. Anyway, my repertoire mostly consists of cards. I only added the quarter illusion because Benjamin said I was doing too many card tricks.

I re-discovered a magic shop in downtown Covington that I had forgotten existed. It's been there for 13 years, according to the proprietor. They have a magician's gathering every Tuesday night. Actually, it's called the Covington Royal Academy of Prestidigitation. ;-) Maybe I'll show up after I've practiced a bit more.


Medical school application woes

Posted on 2008.09.04 at 12:52
I received a secondary application to the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. This made me excited because of this question posted on the FAQ at their website:
Do you send supplemental applications to everyone?
No, since there is a fee associated with the supplemental application, we send it only to applicants we are seriously considering for admission.

So I begin filling out the application and come to the part where it says you must have a baccalaureate degree to be considered for admission. Damn! Then I call the admissions office just to be sure and the rep. tells me there are no exceptions to this rule.

I guess I should still be happy that I received some form of consideration. If I don't get accepted elsewhere this time around, I can always re-apply after I receive my B.S..


Blood sacrifice

Posted on 2008.08.28 at 08:31
Current Location: home
Current Music: crickets outside my door
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Rebekah and I donated blood yesterday. It was the closest I have ever been to death. Not that I was in any real danger. I have just never been that close to passing out in my life. Everything was going fine. I'm not afraid of needles and I have given blood samples so many times that I it's all old hat to me. But I haven't actually donated blood in over ten years.

I had the needle in me and the bag was filling up for a good five minutes. Then the technician came over and reminded me that I was supposed to be squeezing this foam pineapple in my hand every once in a while to keep the blood flowing. I had forgotten to do that, so I started squeezing the pineapple. Once . . . twice . . . three times - and then I started feeling strange. My stomach felt completely empty, and I felt a tingling in my neck that moved up to my face. I looked over toward the technician, who was checking on Rebekah, and then looked around for someone else. Fortunately, another technician saw me looking around frantically and came over to see what was wrong.

At this point my vision started to get a little dim and my face was almost completely numb. They put a wet cloth on my neck and told me to cough a couple of times. This really helped and started to see well again. Then my face started to feel okay. I had to sit there drinking Sierra Mist while they took the needle out of my arm.

I think they obtained a nearly full donation. At least I hope they did because I probably won't be back for a while.

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