Thursday, July 17, 2008

In defense of Family Medicine

I can't wait to read Bob Centor's reply to this essay in the recent Annals of Family Medicine. His post about it and some provocative comments are here.

As I grow more experienced in what it means to be a family physician in what is an otherwise quaternary-care environment the value of the primary care function grows all the more valuable in my eyes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

It's a good day....

When a former trainee turns out (because or in spite of your work) so well.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Crisis of the bourgeois

A year ago I walked right into my local Apple store and picked up an iPhone around 8 pm on release day. No line, no fuss; until I got home and tried to activate it.

Fast forward a year and a week to yesterday. My wife is in the market for the new iPhone but the line was 20 deep at 9 pm last night, and after reading about activation delays she begged off to a later day. Then when we did stop in to pick one up (again no line, no fuss), ATT squelched the deal by invoking BMG, IRU, and FAN. And if you know what those acronyms mean you've spent way too much time on the phone with ATT.

So still no iPhone and all the stores near us are out of stock.

iPocalypse? Hardly.

Catastrophe? Iraq is a catastrophe. Katrina is a catastrophe.

3G iPhone activation problems? Just another...

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Tried to upgrade my wife's phone today. Suffice it to say ATT is still customer service impaired. Deeply.

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Why it pays to practice

You think you can eat a pie? Then listen to the advice of my 5' 11" son and 6'2" brother-in-law, neither one an amateur when it comes to eating: practice, practice, practice. Otherwise you'll suffer the same disgrace they did when losing to the 4' 8" ultrapetit who bested them both for third place while they were daintily cleansing their palate between tastes of their Tastykakes.