Saturday, December 9. 2006
I've taken a lot of pictures at the Rockefeller Center over the years, pretty much every time I've been to New York in winter. Yet somehow I never tire of it.
It's kind of a busy shot, but at least it's colorful.
So my short little trip to the east coast. It was awesome seeing Amit and the Gearys (Gearies?). I have to say thanks again for them hosting me and spending time with me, despite both Amit and Dan having pretty insane work schedules during the time of my visit. Anyways, hopefully more to come later.
Monday, November 27. 2006
Yes, still alive... it has been nearly 6 weeks since I've posted in earnest, eh? It's not so much that I'm busy as much as things have stabilized. My residency-hating has mostly abated, seeing as now I'm in the middle of my vacation. It's amazing how much perspective you can get when you get enough sleep. It's nice to feel happy in my residency choice, something that's taken less time than I really expected. I remember college didn't truly feel comfortable until 3rd year, and med school until 2nd year. Maybe I'm adapting faster.
Anyways, the photo above is from about a month ago, I think. Kiran had vacation, so he and Sandeep flew out from the east coast to Vegas, and Eric and I met up with them there. Leaving Friday after work, we didn't really get there until almost midnight... We found them in the Venetian rather drunk, and I'm not ashamed to say we might have joined them in the festivities. I managed to break the glass on my first drink, a testament to Kiran's drinking prowess (he chose the drink, after all). We wandered around the casino, and I watched Eric and Kiran play War. Yes, that stupid card game we all used to play when we were young and bored. Despite my mockery, they managed to win some money. 'deep didn't fare so well at roulette.
So anyways, we ended up in a cheesecake factory inside the casino, and we ordered beer. The remainder of the night was a bit of a blur. Suffice to say, we got kicked out and apparently we're no longer welcome at the Venetian... Next thing you know we're walking along the interstate-15 at 4 am trying to figure out a way to cross back to the side where we were staying. We did eventually find the hotel, and crashed, and hence Kiran above.
Sadly, we had to drive back after sampling the lunch buffet. I don't think we were even in Vegas 12 hours, but I was on-call the next day, after all. Medicine wards no less...
Anyways, seeing as I'm on vacation, I should take some new pictures! Particularly since my camera broke, and I got a shiny new one. Gotta love extended warrantees...
Wednesday, July 5. 2006
Now you might me wondering who is this cutie and why am I standing in a picture with her? (nope, not that) Actually, this is an old friend of mine whom I ran into quite randomly, Shirley. I haven't seen her in easily 6-7 years now. I met her in college, where she was two years ahead of me. She has had more influence in my life than she knows; my college career was practically modelled after hers. We both majored in MCB and Econ, and in the end I followed her path into medicine. About the only thing I didn't follow her lead in was singing (she has the voice of an angel, and I the voice of a sea otter). After she graduated from Berkeley and matriculated at UCSF, I lost touch with her, and thus was faced with the uncomfortable situation of having to make my own decisions about my future. Not so much fun.
It was awesome catching up. We compared med school experiences and such, and I got to hear what it was really like at UCSF (my dream school). Strangely enough though, I found myself all the more thankful that I had the priviledge of EVMS. I don't know if it was my fate to go out of state to attend med school, but I don't think I could've had a better med school experience. Nobody I've talked to outside of EVMS seems to have had such a tight community, amongst our class, our faculty, our administration even. I found myself telling her about the time Dan and I got Dr. McCombs let us take a picture of him in his black suit and plaid pants (discovering that even in the first month of school, he definitely knew my name and face), and about rounding with Dr. Esterowitz on internal medicine (and how she would round on MY note instead of the intern's, and how she would gently encourage us to never take things for granted, but instead research the best treatment), and other such stories of life at a tiny med school. (EVMS has its gunners and aloof faculty too, of course, although maybe a bit fewer and further between.) Amazing how things turn out sometimes.
I was amazed with the incredible serendipity of seeing Shirley again. Looking back on the photo though, I'm totally crowding into her space. Sorry!
Monday, May 29. 2006
This is a photo of the arch at St. Louis. I was there with my father two days ago, at the Gateway to the West, and former home to one Daniel Danry. Consequently, I felt at home as well. I would've liked to have stayed longer and to have had the chance to ride the tram to the top of the arch, but I'll get to return one of these days. Click on the above picture or here to see it full size.
Continue below the fold for two more photos, a more conventional shot of the arch as well as a shot of Maryland Plaza.
Monday, May 15. 2006
Kiran, Amit, Connie and I went on a short camping trip to Big Meadows at Shenandoah Mountains national park. On our hike, I attempted to take a few photos of a small waterfall. The result is both the above picture, and myself falling into the river, causing some serious knee pain--enough that I had to limp back to the nearest road so I could be driven back to the camp site. I managed to save the camera by holding it high above my head (I even made Kiran rescue the camera before rescuing me), but my poor cell phone swam and died. Luckily, it came back to life a mere 4 days later. (Click here or on the above photo for the large version.)
On the drive there and back, we took in the sights of the fabled Shenandoah Valley as well as its breathtaking Blue Ridge mountains. We came back via Charlottesville and toured the beautiful campus of the University of Virginia. Good times! I've also managed to see Fredricksburg recently, so I've now managed to see everything I had wanted to see before leaving Virginia (except maybe Tangier Island, but I hear it's not that great). Yes, I know, there's tons more of the state to see, but hey, I've gotta leave some stuff for the return journies...