Sunday, February 24, 2008

Vacation is Almost Over

So soon, I'll be back to the grind. I passed a course that I might not have, and made some rather huge changes to my habits... my outlook... my inner world, really. More on that later, when I'm not so Oscar-drunk.

I'm reading some excellent books; I'm studying some interesting stuff; I have weird hours this term. I hope to be here more often.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Thanks, Michael Stipe!

This is amusing... to me, anyway. I have this lame little blog, about my career change and now my medical education, right? About how I'm trying to retain a shred of the geeky, funny personality that got me this far in life, while also becoming a responsible, reasonably knowledgeable person.

Okay, so that's the back-story. Now, anyone with a blog that lasts a while will eventually amass enough content that some of it will come up in Web searches. The Web being the Web, there's always that slim chance that one's own little blog will be lumped among the best, or at least the very few, places to go for the answer to a question. And that's happened to me.

Is it a question about being an older student, and going back to school? Not really, no. About the PA profession, maybe? Well, that has happened, true, but this is more of a multiple-people thing, over several weeks.

Is it about comparing and contrasting the arts world to medicine? Um... no.

Well, okay then, you would think; I can't seem to shut up about my friend from Minneapolis, the Academy-Award-nominated Diablo Cody*. Surely that was it.

And once again... no.

I wrote a post a while back, capturing one of my random 'WTF?' moments over a small thing that captured my attention. It neatly summed up the way the outside world has become confusing and dreamlike, since I started my stupidly intense grad school thing last summer.

I was convinced I was hearing REM's Michael Stipe doing voice-over in the new Chevron ad. (Not in a 'this famous person is sending me messages through my TV' way, just in a 'holy crap! Is that Michael Stipe?' way.) And I've had a few comments to this old post pop up, with e-mails resulting.

Don't get me wrong. I'm sincerely glad to have been helpful in some way. It's just so fittingly weird and random that THIS would be the thing that gathers... oh, at least 5 to 10 people... from the world out there to my own tiny, dusty square of the Internet.

So for the record, the voice is Campbell Scott's. He does sound a lot like Stipe. And here's some good news: Stipe sounds more like Stipe lately too. For the lowdown on what could be the best REM album in quite a while, click here.

Come back whenever you like, though. Cheers.

* Who won the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay 2008 about two hours ago, by the way.