the new hood
Whew. Sorry for the lack of updates. It sucks to have no internet access at home. We're getting cable modem installed on the 19th, but that's still a long way off. How else will I while away the precious hours?
So we've finally gotten to the stage of unpacking where it's not totally overwhelming to be in the house. Now it's only a corner of the apartment that we have yet to organize, and it's not an area that we need to use right away, so we can pretty much even pretend that the mess doesn't exist. We've been eating out a lot this week until we finally set up our kitchen yesterday, but I can't really say that that's been too much of a hardship (except for financially), since there are so many good, cheap restaurants in our neighborhood.
Basically, Joe and I have just been giddy as little schoolgirls at the idea of finally living in a part of New York that finally feels like New York. Not that there was anything really wrong with our old neighborhood, it's just that it was really out of the way, and there was nothing to do there, and it was a little rough around the edges.
You'll note that in most cities, the medical schools are usually located in one of the seedier neighborhoods of the area. This does not necessarily apply in New York, where there are, like, a million med schools in Manhattan alone (OK, so it's more like four), but it certainly applies to my hospital. It's Medz in the Hood.
We don't hate our old neighborhood, we just love our new neighborhood.
Aside from the move, nothing much else is new. This month I'm on a Pediatric Cardiology elective, which is fun enough, and interesting most of the time, but I'm finding that it's a little more work and responsibility than I'm in the mood for at this time of year. Basically, I'm a big slacker, and I have a case of senioritis (inflammation of the senior) but bad. I pretty much just want an elective where I only have to show up for five minutes a day, if at all, and am excused to do "reading" pretty much any time I start to get sleepy. (Being told to "go read," by the way, is universally accepted code that residents and attendings have for med students, roughly translating to, "the fact that you're hanging onto my every move like some creepy talking shadow is really bugging me, please go far away now." And now you too know the secret.)
By the way, (going back to "Boyz in the Hood") did you ever realize that Cuba Gooding Junior starred as Trey in "Boyz in the Hood?" I didn't even know who he was when I watched that movie. He had hair like Play, of Kid 'n' Play, all tall and shaped like a microphone. Man, Cuba, what happened? From "Boyz in the Hood" to winning an Oscar for "Jerry McGuire"...to playing The Human in Disney's "Snow Dogs." (Talking sled dogs! It's comic gold!) That's just sad, friends.