Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Oh no! Swine Flu! Everyone panic!

I'm kind of sick of hearing about the swine flu "pandemic." Ok, there have been MAYBE 200 deaths associated with it. The big question is whether it will mutate to become more easily transmitted, more deadly, or resistant to antiviral drugs. Right now, none of those issues seem to be a problem. Put things in perspective: the CDC estimates 36,000 people die of the "regular" flu every year. Do we hear about those nonstop? Nope. I'm just saying--don't panic. Keep an eye on it, sure. But goodness, calm down.

On the other hand, I do find it strange that the virus seems to be a combination of three completely different strains? That seems highly unusual to me. Just makes me go, "Hmm."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

That whole Ms. California thing

Come on now, really? In case you haven't heard about it, here's the story. I'm not going to get into the whole homosexuals should or should not "marry" because... thing. But, I did have to say: What's up with that whole freedom of speech thing? Seems we're for freedom of speech, as long as you say what's mainstream.

So, perhaps she could have stated her opinion more tactfully. Still, questioner Perez Hilton certain didn't show any tact at all in calling her a "dumb b___" or saying her response was the "worst answer in pageant history." He said, "She is not a politician, she's a hopeful Miss USA. Miss USA should represent everyone."

Well, with such polar views in America on homosexual marriage, it's not possible to actually represent everyone when asked such a question, unless you don't actually answer the question. You have to end up offending someone. Since he seems to think that the vast majority of Americans support homosexual marriage, let's set him straight. Here's a CBS News poll of Americans on the subject. Only 33% of Americans support the notion of homosexual marriage, in full equality with heterosexual marriage. (27% support civil unions and 35% support no legal recognition). So, actually, in her comments, she sided with the majority of Americans.

Just not the loudest ones.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Personal Update

I rarely write about what's going on in my life, so I thought I'd just do a quick personal update, on this lovely Easter Sunday. Jesus is alive, Hallelujah!

It's been a pretty full but good day. We actually all got up at 9am today, had a good service at church today (message from John 3:16-18). Then we went home, and I made some Bantry Brown Bread for dinner tonight (a traditional sweet bread with currants). Then we went off and got our pictures taken, something we hope to make an annual tradition. We got 15 sheets of pictures! When I have them, I'll scan them and upload them here. Then we came home, and just relaxed! Called a lot of friends and family, my wife and I played some Halo 3 together (I got an Xbox 360 because studies show that surgeons who play at least 2 hours of video games a week make 36% fewer errors), and now the ham is in the oven for later!

NEWS FLASH: Medical school is HARD! So I failed a second exam on Friday. I failed Host Defense 1 and Host Defense 3. It's very strange for me, because I graduated UC Davis with a 3.92GPA. However, I am dealing with it and moving on. The topics were topics I'd never covered before (I never once had an immunology/microbiology course), and the most difficult aspect was that a lot of it was just straight memorization. Bacteria, viruses, drugs. In any case, from here on until summer, we'll be covering neural science, which was my major! Yay! I L-O-V-E the brain.

Charlie is, of course, the cutest little boy in the world! He actually has 4 new teeth coming in right now. He is VERY intelligent, and very much a boy. He runs around, grunts, climbs, falls over and picks himself up again. He asks me to read to him, is learning how to put block shapes into the right holes, and can figure out how to get into anything. He's almost 15 months old!

This summer, I will be teaching physics for disadvantaged Ohioan high school students! I know you all think I'm a nerd, but I'm so excited! I get to design my own curriculum and everything. Only 4 weeks, 6 hours a week, but it pays VERY well. Still, I'm way short on my summer budget, so I'll be taking out an extra loan to get us through the summer.

I've realized that I've been letting my spiritual life atrophy. I hardly remember the last time I read my Bible, my conversations with God are brief and hurried, etc. Not that I feel obligated to do those things, I just have been craving a stronger relationship with God. I got the book My Utmost for His Highest, which I've been thinking about doing for awhile. I also have some other ideas to set aside time for our relationship.

I've dived into two old hobbies again, which have been so wonderful for me. A month or two ago, I got a stack of bills in the mail, and I said to myself, "I'm sick of getting only bills in the mail!" I recalled the good old days of getting snail mail, and I realized, if I want to get letters in the mail, I need to send some! So I got some stationery and I've been writing letters! If you want me to send you one, just give me your address :D

I've also started up karate again! I realized I was getting stiff and fat (I was up to 195lbs, and I refused to cross 200!), and I remembered how stress-relieving it was, so I emailed my class and found someone who used to practice Shotokan, a VERY similar style to mine. We've been getting together twice a week to workout together, and it has been awesome.

So, that's basically been my life as of late! Lots of getting up at 5am, studying, playing with babies and kicking butt. Sometimes I feel pretty isolated all the way out here in Ohio, absorbed in my studies, so feel free to comment, send me emails, send me snail mails or just call me!