Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gypsy dentist

Thanksgiving is a nice little sanctuary from the happenings of everything. It's a nice time to enjoy family, friends, good food (hopefully), and reflect of things to be thankful about.

The day after Thanksgiving is another matter.

For me, it's not about black friday, shopping, or the like. Rather, it's a time for me to consider the state of life as a new dentist: bills, student loans, and the pressing need for more work.

I've come to realize that I'll be living like a gypsy for the next year.

Between looking for work, driving to work, and working in different cities each day of the week (if I find more work), I can feel more than a bit of a connection with the Tinkerers, the Romas of yesteryear.

In that spirit, I'm going to build myself a damn good guitar for the road.
I'll keep you posted as I build up my workshop and get the tools that I need.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mise en Place

Today at church, I had the strange vision to develop a cooking class to equip fellow servants of the Lord.

As I mulled over the truly important things, it made me think of dentistry: particularly mise en place...or to have everything in the right place.

Like a chef, a dentist should have everything well organized, and in it's proper place.
The burs should be arrayed in a logical fashion. The handpeices should be polished and oiled.
The lab area should be clean. The chairs should be spotless.

Controlled messiness is fine. Disorder and slop is unacceptable.

Anyways, that's my take on things.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Chocolate - is it wrong?

I've recently become very interested in the possibility of making my own chocolate truffles.

I'm not too satisfied with most of what I can afford, and the boutique chocolates available are too expensive for my paltry, student-loan riddled pocket book.

Anyways, I'm not sure if it'd be totally wrong...but I'm really tempted to give it a try.

Please let me know what you think!