Sunday, August 26, 2007

An Oral History

The other day my dad went to make a recording as part of a series of oral histories being collected for some national archives. He came home with a binder of newspaper clippings starting from 1977 when he first appeared in the papers. Pretty interesting stuff he used to say, a lot of unabashed critiquing and very eloquent (to the point of corniness, says my sister) speeches. I'm guessing I inherited my "penchant" for writing from my dad. He writes very well and writes all his material.

Like father, like daughter. I'm a product of my parents, no doubt about that.

And, like someone recently said to me and my classmates at a orientation speech, the government does what it usually does to those who speak up more and "make a lotta noise" more here in my home country. They take those people, put them in positions of power and responsibility, thereby shutting them up.

Pretty funny stuff.
Wow...that was fast. Over a month since my last entry.

Let's see, what have I been doing...

1) Attending med school. It ain't so bad. JC was about the same. Could be worse. Definitely could be less fun, but I'm glad it isn't. My 25 classmates are awesome, and the setting of all our discussions and classes is Americanized, informal, and insightful. I think we're surprising the guys from Duke quite a bit with our openness and honesty about things.

2) The cat's been back for 3 days. Man, is she enjoying her newfound freedom. 30 days in a cubicle-like quarantine place with 30 other cats, and now she's all by herself in a big new house, and with her humans for the most part of the day. My dad keeps wanting to make friends with her, and we keep telling him it doesn't work that way.

3) Danny's got a new job at Biopolis. Wonderful place, lots of wind tunnels to keep everything cool, and he's got a much more research-like job than his previous QC job. He thinks he wants a PhD. We'll see about that...

All in all, life is good.

Except for the fact that I haven't had a spanking fat cookie in a long while, the coffee here ain't quite the same as Specialty's or Noah's Bagels, and it's hot and humid. California must be nice, cool, and sunny right now. Bloody tropics...
I haven't watched TV in about a month, haven't watched a movie in the same period of time, and I've yet to catch up with old friends here. Sigh...I suck.

But all in all, life is good.