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So, [livejournal.com profile] bob_garwood wanted to know what a futuristic pen looks like.



So I did my homework, and I was somewhat off on the dates. This is an Eversharp Skyline, a pen that was introduced in 1943. This particular one sports a gold filled cap, with a clip that extended over the top of the pen. My understanding is this was a mimicking of military pens of the era. Those pens had to have a way of fitting into a breast pocket without interfering with the buttoning of that pocket over the top of the pen. In any event, the body of the pen is a deep navy blue, & the nib is 14 kt. gold and a fine point.

There is something about the design of this pen that makes me think of the the Gwyneth Paltrow/Jude Law film, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. For what it's worth, that film is set in 1939.

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[livejournal.com profile] bearquest asks: Define the Universe and give two examples, please.

1) 42

2) 42

(So much for my little existential mind)


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[livejournal.com profile] fogbear asks:Assuming that money were no object, what would you do if you couldn't be a physician?"

The answer to that depends upon my mood. I'm an ex-schoolteacher, and there are times I would love to just go back to teaching. There's another part of me that would love to go back to school specifically to study language and linguistics, something I find absolutely fascinating.

In my more creative moments, I want time simply to work my crafts. I have tons of fiber that's sitting unspun, uncarded and undyed. Further, I have plenty of yarn I've spun that I have yet to turn into anything usable (scarves, sweaters, shawls, etc.). My loom is unwarped, and I have dye stuffs up the whazzoo. Further, it's been ages since I sat down to write. There was a time in my life when writing poetry and fiction, not to mention the periodic essay was a frequent pursuit.

Last, well it's not technically NOT being a physician, there is a part of me that would love to be able to do medical care pro bono. Medicine Sin Frontier (Doctors without Borders) scores very high marks in my book, as does the Peace Corps. This also segues into my desire to travel. I would love the opportunity to spend six months or so simply on the road. I have yet to set foot in Asia, Africa, South America, Australia/Oceana or Antarctica. I have seen little of Western Europe and none of Scandinavia. Unfortunately, being a self-employed physician in solo practice doesn't mesh well with freedom to travel. It's very difficult to steal more than 10 days away from my office at any one time.

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Mar. 2nd, 2011 07:56 pm
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How does the reality of being a doctor compare with your original vision of becoming a doctor?

I spend much more time doing paperwork than I had ever expected. Also I spend a tremendous amount of time justifying treatment regimens to insurance companies, when what I want for a patient varies from what a clerk has been told is approvable. That takes time away from providing care to other patients.

I have learned along the way though that paying very close attention to costs is crucial. So many of the people I see are insured one month and not the next. Will they be able to afford the therapy or intervention I recommended if their coverage evaporates? When is a generic alternative the right choice for an individual, when is it not & when is it better than nothing?

What had been driven home to me in spades is how much my role as a primary care provider is that of an educator. That was my bent when I entered med school (no surprise for a former teacher!). However, I had no clue how hard it would be to do, not because patients aren't hungering for it, but rather because finding the time to do it is so hard.

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