Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

Every so often I hear a life lessons story that surprises me and I have to share this one.

A older man walks into a semi truck store.  He is wearing bib overalls, muddy boots and sporting an unshaved, rough beard.  There were two sales men standing chatting at the counter.  The first refused to walk over and help the disheveled man, he disappeared into the back room leaving the second salesman to help him.  The second salesman walked over and greeted the man.  The salesman shook his hand and asked how he could help him.  The disheveled man started to tell the salesman a story of a man he knew that started a trucking business with the type of trucks they sold there at the store.  He told the story of how the entrepreneur worked extremely hard until he had a large fleet of trucks.  The salesman remarked “Wow, that’s fantastic, how did he do it?”  The disheveled man smiled “He lived well below his means.  He didn’t live by pretense  You’d never know how successful he was if you saw him walking down the street.”  The disheveled man took a check book out of his pocket and said “Now, I’m looking to expand my business, I need to buy 17 more semi trucks.”

I was so shocked when I heard this.  After a bit of thought it reminded me of Sam Walton – the man who started Wal-Mart.  He was the exact same way, he drove an old, beat up pick up truck, he didn’t dress fancy and he treated everyone the same.

Moral of the story:  don’t judge a book by it’s cover, you never know the story if you don’t open the book.  

How would you feel if you were the first salesman that walked away and ignored him???

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Trip to La Sagesse

I can’t believe I forgot to post these pictures, took a day, (a while ago now) to adventure to La Sagesse Beach.  We got a little bit lost, but we made it there in about twenty minutes from True Blue.  It was so incredibly relaxing.  There was hardly anyone there.  The restaurant was almost empty, but the food was lovely!  I indulged in a  virgin pina colada – soooooo yummy!

La Sagesse Beach boasts to be one of the top ten most romantic beaches in the Caribbean.  I have to agree, it’s so serene, secluded and relaxing.

Check it out:  La Sagesse

 

The Harry Potter marathon continues…

So in case you couldn’t notice from my last post, I’ve been binge watching all of the Harry Potter movies.  Hopefully I can get finished by tomorrow night.  As of right now I’m watching Prisoner of Azkaban.
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Favorite scene:
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I don’t know why, but there’s just something so gratifying about watching Draco Malfoy take one straight in the kisser!  I do know why – it’s because all HP fans hate his guts.  Stupid Slytherin.

What’s your favourite Harry Potter scene?

Harry Potter goes to Med School

What if Harry Potter turned in his wand for a stethoscope?  Would he have a great impact on the medical community with his problem solving skills and seemingly inherited intelligence?

If Harry Potter went to Med School, his favourite class would be anatomy and everyone would try to determine what type of scar he had.
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His friends would have to correct his pronunciation of difficult medical words.
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Harry is humble, so he wouldn’t act like a gunner.
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He won’t lose courage in the face of difficult exams.
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Since he loves small spaces, he would probably study in his room instead of a study hall.
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Harry will also love OB/GYN, it will remind him of the mandrake roots.
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After a while, he’ll feel how the rest of us feel at med school…
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He’ll think of Dumbledore while he’s studying and question why he’s studying medicine in the first place.
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When he feels like his head is going to explode from all the stress…
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He’ll talk to his friends about his decision to go to med school…
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and then he’ll realise he was only meant for the Wizarding World!
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We’ll miss you Harry, but you are the best wizard we’ve ever known!

Top 17 questions med students hate to be asked

This is a highly controversial blog post for me.  I’m quite sure all my friends and family have been guilty of asking me one, if not ALL of these at some point.  I don’t mind answering or giving a sarcastic response.  I’m so immune to it, I barely notice how irritated I am when people ask.

1).  When are you done?  You’ve been there forever!
I usually shake my head and give some sort of a half smile.  “Yeah, I have been here forever, I’ll probably never get out of med school, I’m planning to spend the rest of my life as a student.”
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2).  Are you EVER going to get married?
Excellent question.  I love when people ask this.  I typically reply with “I sure hope so.”  I’m actually thinking:  “Yes, I’m going to get married, but it will probably be long after you’ve been divorced twice, had six kids and filed bankruptcy, best of luck friend!” 
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3).  You’re running out of time.  When will you have kids?
Sometimes when I’m super stressed, I literally just say whatever is on my mind.  One of my friends had the unfortunate experience of this after they asked me this question.  I replied with:  “God willing (pause)… as long as my ovaries don’t rot and fall out of me by the time I get out of med school and hopefully by then I’ll still be able to reproduce, but even then if I’m over the age of 35 there’s a high probability that my kids would have some sort of terrible genetic defect causing them to have mental or physical deficits for the rest of their lives.”  (drops the mike).
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4).  How will you ever pay off those student loans?  How much debt do you have?
First of all, WHO says crap like this?  Oh yeah that’s right… my friends.  My response:  “I’m planning to have one of my fellow med students surgically remove one of my kidneys so I can sell it on the black market.”
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5).  What if you fail?
“If I smack you across the face and no one hears or sees it, is it still considered assault?”
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6).  Where will you work when you’re done?
“I’m not sure, but while you’re at it, do you wanna go ahead and predict oil prices for me and how the housing market is going to fluctuate in the next year or so.  If you could write it down and email it to me, that would be great, thanks.”
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7).  Are you sure this is what you want to do?
“No not at all, I just simply decided to devote the next X number of years of my life to something that I don’t want to do at all.  Yep, you hit the nail on the head.”
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8).  Are you going to be in school forever?
“Yep, it sure feels like it.”
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9).  Why did you choose to study medicine?
Well at the time it seemed like a good idea, but now I just make jokes to keep from crying.
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10).  Why do you want to be a doctor?
Somedays it’s easy to answer this question than others, but typically I just shrug my shoulders and say “I have no earthly idea.”
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11).  Why did you forget about my birthday, anniversary, wedding, baby shower, etc?
How do I answer this?  I was studying for exams – surely you’ll be sympathetic to that.  MEH.  Probably not.  
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12).  What will you do with all the money you’ll make?
Seriously.  I’m trying to figure out how to buy lunch in an hour with the $2.00 I have in my wallet.  It’s not like I hit the lottery as soon as I’m done with med school, I’m in tons of debt.   sideways eye

13).  When do you start making money?
I always answer this with “Not soon enough.”  Literally, it can’t come soon enough.
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14).  Where are you?  Why didn’t you like my Facebook post?  Didn’t you see (insert life event) that happened?
I honestly stopped responding to these people.  I don’t know how to respond or what they want me to say and I’m just done trying to please people.  (closes message window).
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15).  (Gives you a bunch of symptoms).  Can you diagnose me?  What do you think I have?
No idea.  You should probably go see a real doctor.
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16).  Aren’t you in medical school?  Shouldn’t you know this?  What are they teaching you over there?
So before I dive across the table and strangle this person.  I take a deep breath and give them the stare.
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17).  (After they tell you an exorbitantly long story).  I’m so sorry.  Are you in the middle of studying?
Nope, just sitting here painting my nails, nothing important going on.
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I know this blog post is full of satire, sarcasm and cynicism.  I personally think it’s hilarious and most med students can probably relate to a lot of what I posted.  Hopefully, no one gets TOO offended.

If I forgot any annoying questions, let me know in the comments below!

Today has been INSANE, but…

Not only was I super late today, but I walked into class JUST as the teacher started to talk, greeted my classmates around me and sat down.  I hadn’t even been sitting for a whole minute before the teacher asked me a question (in an auditorium full of 600+ students).  Fortunately, I knew the answer, saving myself some anxiety later.

For the remainder of the class, I was on high alert.  If I wasn’t awake before, I was definitely in tune now.  I pulled out my notebook to take notes and my binder unclipped sending hundreds of papers all over the place.  CRAP.  Once I got all my life back together, I looked up and it seemed like the professor was literally STARING at me (I sit in the middle back of the auditorium).  I kept thinking to myself WHAT IS IT ABOUT TODAY!?  It has to be my shirt or something.  UGH.

After class I made a fantastic cucumber-tomato salad and black bean burgers.  YUM!  I needed that.  I studied for a bit and then headed to my favourite coffee place where I tripped up the stairs and spilled my espresso all over me.  SERIOUSLY?!  (I’m wearing white pants).  I can’t win.

I ended up going to one of my favourite restaurants for dinner – Sangria and walked on the beach for ten minutes.  Today has been INSANE, but thankfully, the day ended much better than it started!

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