Back to Massachusetts...

Whenever I find myself on the way home, I usually get that Guster song stuck in my head for about an hour of my three hour escape...pretty random but it gets me through the hell that is driving through Connecticut. No matter what time of day it is, there is traffic going through every city (especially Hartford...why is their a 3 mile backup at 10 PM???) in the state...it drives me nuts.

Since the last post, I helped the newly-minted first year students move in and get oriented at school. The poor bastards have no idea what they're in for. It seems like just yesterday that I was one of those bright-eyed optimists who thought they were going to be saving the world right out of the gate. It was nice because the orientation committee this year was realistic in their advice and made sure to not overstate how awesome medical school is (unlike the folks that oriented us who wanted us to believe that everyone is bestest friends, studying is fun, anatomy is hardest course and other sunshine-filled facts).

Since then, I've been at home in MA, which is why my blogging has been on the DL for a few days. I've mostly been savoring some family time while I've been here. I did go down the cape for the weekend to one of my favorite places on earth (Nauset Beach), consumed some of my favorite beverage (Samuel Adams Summer Ale) with some family friends. I also turned 24 which is a lack-luster birthday because I can't do anything new (like rent a car or sign up for my AARP card). None-the-less my brothers took me out for some sushi and the Simpsons movie which was pretty awesome of them and a good time was had by all. And I got to see my dog, which is my favorite part of coming home (next to the home cooked meals, free laundry, and absence of anything Med School related)

Since I have about 2 weeks of freedom until the second year of my imprisonment begins, I have a fairly full social calendar of non-medically related events:
8/9: Back to NY for the weekend
8/10: Human Guinea Pig for $150...it's a pretty cool study, and mostly involves me laying still and being stabbed with needles and it will pay for some of my latest REI shopping spree (Daddy needed some new Gore-tex, white gas and backpacking socks)
8/11-12: Camping with med students...which ought to be interesting as most of them are not exactly what I would call "outdoorsy" in even the remotest sense of the word...but it's at a camp site and therefore somewhat of a controlled environment with access to toilets...it'll be ok.
8/13-17: Fly fishing, backpacking (3 nights on the Long Trail) and generalized relationship time in Vermont with the Girlfriend where we pretend that our doctoral (JD and MD) educations haven't interfered with our lives at all (I can see the therapy bills now).
8/18: Fenway with the fam for Sox vs. Angels
8/19: Back to NY, clean/stow gear, buy food/beer, upload schedule onto Treo, put books into backpack
8/20: Classes begin...huzzah (sarcastic tone used here).
8/21: Whiny posts recommence

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