Tuesday, August 29, 2006

TV!!!

I have a tv!!

One baby step at a time, my new apartment is fully realizing itself. Most of the stuff in my apartment I brought all the way from California. But a couple of things I still needed. Like all essentials in the kitchen. I was proud to find a $7 toaster from Target. And I also bought a sweet microwave for $20 from a student who lives in McClurg.

But something was lacking. ..... *SILENCE* It was way too quiet. With no roommate (I miss Richard), the mornings and nights were a little too quiet. So I did the thing I promised myself that I wouldn't do in med school. WATCH TELEVISION. Apparently everyone watches, so why should of all people I be left out? Everyone watches Grey's Anatomy here. PLUS, one lesson last Friday, we watched House. YES HOUSE. That was our medical school lesson. A TV show. We learned all about deep vein thrombosis, haldol and vitamin K deficiency from a TV show. A TV I must get.

So to the Craigslist I go! And I found this baby. For the cheap price and the size, there was no better bargain. However, she lived in Bryn Mawr which is like 10 "el" (aka subway) stops away. She offered to deliver it to Streeterville (the neighborhood I live) to her new apartment, but apparently she didn't deliver her promise.

On this rainy day, I trekked all they way over there. The tv looked fabulous and pristine. The problem? How was I going to take this home. The humungous plastic bag I brought clearly wasn't big enough.

But this is where Chicago differs from any other city. She offered to take me to the nearest el stop. So sweet! But it gets better. The el worker saw that my TV was getting wet. So she offered a couple HUGE CTA garbage bags to put my tv in. She totally made my day, and I couldn't stop thanking her. I even gave her a hug. This was like the millionth time a Chicago stranger helped me. Their altruism makes me so grateful and want to give back even more.

I prayed that the TV would be safe and unharmed from all that traveling. And it is! It works! Now I need to get this cable hooked up... Hopefully I'll be watching Barefoot Contessa in no time.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Orientation so far...


omg.
  1. i <3 chicago.
  2. i <3 northwestern university feinberg school of medicine (aka nufsom).
so let's do a play by play why it's been great so far. The first day, I was really nervous at first.

Meeting fresh new faces. It was like freshman year all over again. I knew absolutely nobody entering the school. I don't know anyone in Chicago (except for Dan) so it was a completely fresh experience.

While going up to the registration table, I half expected to not have my name there. I was expecting them to say, Dennis who? Oh we don't have your file here. You weren't accepted here. Fortunately it was the opposite.

Most of orientation has been administrative stuff. Deans speaking for hours. Offices of Student affairs, multicultural affairs, blah blah blah affairs. It was cool to listen to everything and to hear what Northwestern is all about.

I obviously can't spell hancock building. not handcock.. i'm embarassed. i'm too lazy to change it.

But it's the people that make it great. The student body completely surprised me. I was talking to Michelle, one awesome M1 I met here, and we both had the same concern here. The same concern of making friends. Who cares about medical school? Psh, nothing to worry about. But the making friends, that's more important. Everyone here is so cool. Nobody (except for a couple of exceptions) have a hint of the whole über-premed mentality.


But one thing for sure is that people here are R-I-C-H. I thought Hopkins was bad. But this is just rolling around in money. Students owning condos, living on the 4959302nd floor in the high rise building around campus. Crazy. I hope that I'll get a reasonable apartment next year. But Abbott Hall sure is comfy. Who knows what will happen? So I guess the highlights and the lowlights.
  • Scavenger hunt. My full first real introduction to Chicago. I just arrived the day before, so I was clueless. Didn't know where everything is. This made us find everything around campus and forced us to take lame pictures.
  • Faculty mixer. Didn't meet much faculty. But had awesome drinks and the best catered sushi ever. Took multiple platefuls.


  • Comedy show at Second City. This is where all those famous SNL people started. John Belushi. Bill Murray. Chris Farley. Tim Meadows. Amy Sedaris. Stephen Colbert. Tina Fey. The comedy show wasn't that funny. But it was FUNNY cuz we drank by the pitcher. Charles River (long island + blue curacao... yum), strawberry daqueri, piña colada. Yum + alcohol = super funny.


  • HIPAA training. Not the training itself, but the acomplishment after. The training was so rough. UGH. .... not. So Michelle and I treated ourselves by going two blocks over to Michigan ave. AKA BEST SHOPPING EVER. 3 story H&M + 2 story Club Monaco. You know I'm happy.
  • Boat cruise. Met more awesome people there. Saw all the cool buildings and learned the history about them. Became a total tourist and took tons of pictures.
  • Big sib dinner/bbq on the sundeck of a highrise. Good food. Great people. Beautiful view of all the skyscrapers.
  • Dr. Love. Coolest guy EVER. He did this one and half hour lecture about love, relationships. Really random, but totally inspiring. If you want to have a successful relationship, you gotta have the 3 Q's. EQ (emotional), SQ (unselfishness) and one other Q I forget. Anyways, he's like the psychiatrist for all the south Asian countries presidents and royalty. Even for Bush. Amazing guy.


  • Project Runway. OK. I'm still not used to Central time. EVERY TV SHOW IS ONE HOUR EARLIER. SO FREAKIN WEIRD. Anyways the best challenge ever. I wanted to cry when I saw them see their mothers. So emotional.
  • BLS (CPR) training. Ugh. Getting there at 7:30am to get certified. Learned all the new methods for CPR. Very intriguing. And a lot more tiring. 30 compressions instead of 15. Took so long and forever.
  • Library introduction. Not really interesting. Journals, e-books, galore. Until we found Cosmo. Took the sex quiz. Learned what men prefered for their partners to do. Like, men prefer women to wear no underwear under their skirts. Most sexiest thing to do? Have their partners masturbate in front of them. Em, cool.
  • Faculty Dinner. Had the best food ever with Dr. Anzia. She is a psychiatrist who was really warm and loving. Made the best food and made us feel like we were at home. So sweet.
I guess that's pretty much it so far. Two more days of orientation before the real work begins. Let's see how tonight goes!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

I'm here!

Quick post before I pass out!
  • Dinner with Mike, Jess Lee and Jana before the Shakira concert! Mmmm chicken. Mike, we need to meet up again!
  • Shakira was HOTT. Danced with Jess and Jana all over our row. Kept checking out the flaming Latino guys who each had a letter that spelled SHAKIRA. Jana sat on S's lap. I'm jealous. But I'm more of a K guy.
  • Packed three 50 pound bags to check in. Had two carry ons that were like 40 pounds each. Going to fedex 4 more boxes of winter clothes, etc.
  • Got to San Jose airport 7:30am for my 9:45am flight. Curbside checkin took an hour due to long lines.
  • Said goodbye to my family. I miss them. :'(
  • Flight delayed for 45 minutes.
  • Sat next to a horticulturalist who kept talking to me. Telling me all these "Korean" jokes. Smiled and laughed to play along.
  • I've never heard babies shriek like howling banshees before while landing.
  • Fumbled carrying those 250 pounds of bags from baggage claim to the taxi stoop.
  • Finally got to Abbott Hall, my future home for one year.
  • Ran over to a building 3 blocks down to pick up my keys. So not convenient.
  • Met up with David and his friend Robert who helped me move in. David was my host when I visited Northwestern last December. They're awesome.
  • Ate the best Pad See Ew ever at restaurant called Dao.
  • Did some minor food shopping at Dominick's (aka Chicago's Safeway).
  • Locked out of Abbott Hall because I don't know how to enter the doors.
  • Called security guard who showed me where I can use these 3 random keys I got.
  • Unpacked for rest of night.
  • Sleep!
Tomorrow is orientation day 1! I'm excited and nervous!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Kelly Clarkson is my role model

Watch Kelly down some Jack. I wish she were like this at the concert...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Listen to: Ring the Alarm and Michael Gray

New music is just coming out by the second. And I can't get enough of it. When Beyoncé released her new single "Ring the Alarm", I was DISGUSTED. But like Christina's new double album, stick with it and the rewards will come. The song is powerful, catches your attention, makes you respond (positively or negatively) to the song. Watching the video made me love the song even more...

Sophie Muller is the best music video director. She also did the "Déjà Vu" video and "Not Ready to Make Nice" which are awesome. These are a couple of my favorite videos of her.

1) Björk: Venus as a Boy, No Doubt: Don't Speak
2) The Killers: Mr. Brightside, Maroon 5: She Will Be Loved
3) Gwen Stefani: Cool, Shakira: Hips Don't Lie

Plus, new Michael Gray! When I went to Apex in DC one time, I couldn't get this one song out of my head. It was called the "Weekend" and I was entranced. His new single "Borderline" is almost as good. He knows how to get four women dancing provocatively.
1) Borderline 2) The Weekend:

Saturday, August 12, 2006

My Future Front Yard: Frat Parties with 40 year olds

Chicago’s skyline serves as the backdrop for weekend parties on Lake Michigan.

Water, Water, Everywhere, and Plenty to Drink


By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
Published: August 13, 2006


CHICAGO

A LITTLE before noon last Saturday, a smattering of boats began chugging across Lake Michigan from various directions to a point about 600 feet offshore. Anyone driving by on Lake Shore Drive, which bends around miles of lakefront, would not have noticed anything unusual; just another summer scene. An hour or so later, though, what had been a loose group of a dozen or so boats had turned into a sprawling armada.

Hundreds of boats, from million-dollar yachts to speedboats to fishing dinghies, had merged with rubber rafts, water trampolines and makeshift docks into roughly five loosely connected chains bobbing across a no-wake zone unofficially known as the Playpen.

It was the annual summer boat party sponsored by Chicago Scene magazine, a larger and more promotional version of the smaller but no less bacchanal gatherings that have been taking place just north of the Navy Pier here most weekend days for the past several summers.

(Continued)

...w00t! :-D I'm there next week.

Photo Blog: Judy in SF

At SFMOMA. Saw cool exhibits. Went to see Matthew Barney. His work is special.

Taking a break from modern art.

Waiting for our table...

...on the rooftop of Macy's.

mmmm.... food...

Before the beautification process...

Our version of modern art. I call it: Boxy Head and Alien Eyes.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Stitches Bitches

(See my spread...)
Since this is medically related, I feel prompted to post this up. I got stitches today. Now, don't get your underwear bunched up in craziness. I'm completely fine. For the past two years, I've been hopsitalized, nailed pins inside my wrist, had 39402 x-rays, been put under anesthesia multiple times, worn casts for months, went to numerous physical therapy sessions, and received countless number of shots. It's like Dennis went from never getting sick to Dennis filling his quota of injuries for the next decade.
(My infamous pins)
Anyways, what happened could easily be an entry in the Stupid Diaries. I was enjoying my Wednesday night while watching "So You Think You Can Dance". I'm a total Travis fan and I think he's going to win. It was really hot yesterday again, so I wanted to cool myself off with fresh watermelon. To slice it, I got the huge Miracle Blade knife. Now these knives are NICE. They cut 9032181 times better than the knives back in Richard's and my apartment in Baltimore. I used the really long one that slices meats with the two prongs in the end. So slicing the watermelon doo-di-doo-di-doo, and oh, the knife went into my thumb. Oh, blood is everywhere. Oh, I should elevate and apply pressure.

Meh, I said to myself. This could wait. I wanted to see if the cut would stop bleeding in the morning. At 6am, curiosity woke me up to see if the cut was closed up. Nope, it was still like a quarter of an inch wide. Well, I should go to the emergency room now.

The entire hospital experience was amazing. I was in and out in 30 minutes. I guess it was the early morning non rush, but still. I wanted to get out of there ASAP, and so would they. Getting stitches for the first time wasn't bad. I was like oooOOOOoooh, so that's how they do it. The doctor was really nice. And now I have this cool bandage.
(Too bad I can't show you the stitches...)

Wait another 6 months to see what injury I pose upon myself next! Judy's coming today! Woot!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Listen to: my current favorite songs

THE RULES: (from Joyce)
List five songs that you are currently enjoying. It doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artist, and the song in your blog, then tag five other people to see what they're listening to. If you want any of these songs, just IM me.

1) Steamy Sexy: Ne-yo: "Sexy Love"

I thought "Sad Songs" was good. But this song is just better. It mixes two MJ songs ("Don't Care About Us" beats with "Human Nature" synths) but brings out sexiness that MJ can't. Plus watching this video, dancing on a chair hasn't been this sexy since Janet Jackson's Miss You Much video.

2) Modern Sexy: Pet Shop Boys: "Minimal"

Their first single "I'm with Stupid" dealt with Bush's apparent love affair with Tony Blair after the Iraqi war in the cheeky way only the PSB could get away with. With this new single, it just screams class. Just watch the arty minimal backdrops. And those two dancers. That was cool how their bodies meshed with the letters. My favorite part is the orchestral part at the end. Too bad most of it was cut off in the radio edit.

3) Painfully Sexy: LeAnn Rimes: "And It Feels Like"

What happened to LeAnn Rimes? It's too bad she's not popular here as in the UK. Apparently she's a huge pop star there. Here, the American audience is just confused. Is she pop? Country? Adult contemporary? It's because of this, her new album is only released across the ocean, and it's too bad. This song's a grower.

4) Defiantly Sexy: Dixie Chicks: "Not Ready to Make Nice"

Of all the videos WATCH THIS ONE. Watching and listening to this song, made me respect the Dixie Chick 1000000000x more. I applauded them after they said "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." Unfortunately due to bad timing, their popularity pummeled down. And it's interesting that the people who sent them death threats 3 years ago, could make the same statement about Bush now. Anyways this song deals with the Dixie Chicks refusing to apologize.
This video has so much visual symbolism. It NEEDS to be seen.

5) Young Sexy: Jojo: "Too Little Too Late"

Ok. So you've all heard my infamous karaoke to "Leave (Get Out)". I love Jojo. In the summer of MCAT, I listened to her CD nonstop. Who cares if she was 14. Who cares if she was singing about noe-ing lyfe and thoze shorties that r breezy. Off the heezy. Fo sheezy. Two years later, and she's again singing one of the best songs of the summer.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Listen to: Dangerous Muse

"You want me. Well. I WANT TO DANCE."
Dance music. Now who doesn't love dance music? Some people say that it's repetitive and devoid of all emotion. But the purpose of dance music is to DANCE. Today I read a blog about this awesome band called Dangerous Muse. (You can see the motivation behind my further inquiry with this band :-p). They've had a big following already for a year now, so I'm a little slow. But when I first heard the song "The Rejection", I couldn't help myself from dancing and to sympathize to the funny but sad lyrics. Listen here.

Kelly: YOU ARE HOTT.

The concert was AMAZING. This was a totally different Kelly Clarkson who I saw two years ago. Don't you like her new bobbed hairdo? I do. More details coming up with pictures!