Saturday, June 28, 2008

Glitter and Doom

Just got back from STL (St. Louis)--I love that city. So many neat little areas all around the city. Distinct but harmonious. There's the Italian section, the German, Dutch, Serbo-Croatian, Vietnamese and Thai. Each with their own little neighborhood and restaurants and markets. I should move there.
I went to see Tom Waits in concert at the Fox Theater. Now, it just so happens that my bitch ex is also a big Tom Waits fan and a fan of a certain Vietnamese restaurant just down the street from the venue. However, I wasn't going to let that ruin a night of good food and good music. At the risk of running into her at one or both locations I went anyway. Totally worth it. The food was delicious and everything that I remembered.

As for Tom Waits? Awesome! What a performance. Imagine a carnival barker, a train hopping hobo, and an eccentric hermit all rolled up into one person with a talent for music equivalent to a Van Gogh or a Picasso. Now have that person attack the music with chains and a hacksaw. That's a pretty good starting point for Tom. I wax poetic but, I'm a fan and that's just my opinion. Here's a nice little video another fan did for one of his songs (one of my favorite songs I might add). I'd call it a good Tom Waits starter.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Good advice

In an ongoing effort to help out any faithful readers, I will start posting helpful workout tidbits that I have gleaned over the past decade. I can't be a cynical pessimist all the time.

Generally Speaking
1.) Do exercises that require lots of technique first in the workout. Doing exercises that require lots of physical and mental energy late in the workout increases the risk of injury.
2.) Choose multi-joint multi-muscle exercises over single-joint single-muscle exercises. I.e. stay away from dumbbell bicep curls and do Chin Ups instead.
3.) Take off your clothes and stand in front of the mirror; with the exception of your abdominals, choose exercises that train all the muscles you can't see more than the muscles you can see.
4.) Endeavor to make the majority of your training ground based. The overwhelming majority of the exercises you choose should require that you stand on your feet and balance both yourself and the implement you're lifting. Fire immediately any personal trainer that has you sit down on a machine to work out.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Interesting characters and encounters...

...I've met thus far in the Emergency Room

Frau Blucher (hears whinny in background)

So this young man comes into the ER. He calls 911 at 2:00 in the AM complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing. Yikes! EMS arrives and starts an IV and fluid bolus, gets him in the truck, rushes him to the hospital, etc., etc. About half-way to the hospital, although he does actually have an elevated heart rate and elevated blood pressure, he tells them he lied. He just needed his prescriptions refilled and knew that if he went to the ER we would write new ones for him. WTF?

3:00 AM. A young lady comes to the ER for....

wait for it....

wait for it....

A boil on her ass. Woot!

Both of these twats are?
a) responsible, working, productive young adults
b) could have waited to see a general practitioner during normal office hours
c) on the public dole and wasting your tax dollars
If you guessed "b" and "c" you're correct! Tell 'em what they've won Johnny!

More to come I'm sure.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Really? *sigh*

Just finished my first week at my new job (or "jorb" if you're a Homestar Runner fan).
So far...meh.
The situation is partially my fault because I allowed it to happen; but, in my defense, I don't want to come off as "that guy" before I'm even out of orientation. Also, my preceptor is, apparently, a former RN school instructor so she may be automatically taking on that role. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is, there are several factors at work here. That being said.....

Earlier this morning, we get orders from the Doc for the antibiotic Flagyl and she asks me, "Now, have you ever given Flagyl before?" Jesus christ on a popsicle stick, really?! Now, in the grand scheme of things I haven't been a nurse for very long but, I have been a nurse.

More to come I'm sure.