Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm a space case

I forgot to mention earlier that I got to do something fun and not-school-related.

Last week, Tyler and I went to see Gojira at the Glass House.  Gojira's a metal band from France that tends to be very environmentally themed.  Hell, they've donated a shitload of money to Sea Shepherd, and briefly had an anti-whaling boat named after them.  They're one of the bands that is actually articulate and thought-provoking in interviews, and apparently, live, they just rock your socks off.

An aside - stupid smartphones.  I haven't been to a lot of shows since moving out here, but each one has progressively more and more people in the crowd holding their phones above their heads to record the show.  Sure, it's nice so I can always find a clip on youtube to embed here, but just watch the freaking show!  You don't have to record every second of your life!  Sorry, I got a little sidetracked there.

Speaking of getting to do fun things - Tyler and I actually had a day off together today, since my emergency rotation has us there over the weekend, and gives us weekdays off.  I'm pretty sure in the past 6 months we've only had Thanksgiving and Christmas off together.

We took the day to drive to LA and check out some strange museums.  First stop was the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which was unfortunately closed on Tuesdays.  We then backtracked to the Museum of Death, which featured a ton of antique embalming and funeral home supplies, stuff from the Heaven's Gate cult, and serial killer memorabilia.  They also had a conjoined turtle (or should that be plural?)  Anyway, the turtles are over 16 years old now, and doing well.  I asked if they had radiographs of them, but unfortunately, they didn't on-site.

We then made a just-before-closing-time trip to Necromance where I picked up a diaphonized rat.  It was a spur-of-the moment choice between this, and about 6 framed os-penises.  It's probably for the best that I chose this one.  


  1. I have an interview at Western! But one of the doctors I work for was pretty judgmental when I told him telling me it wasn't a real vet school. How would you challenge these complaints? I want to be an ACVS surgeon, do you know of any graduates that have gone on to do this?

  2. People will be judgmental. You have to decide for yourself if you're willing to deal with those comments or not. I can tell you that about 1/3 of the class of 2013 got internships - so Western students seem to be holding their own.

  3. I just spent tonight reading through all of your blog posts from when you started until now. I can tell you that I plan on being top of my class, so if even one Western student gets an internship, that means I can. Worst case scenario? Transferring after a year!
    What's your typical weekly schedule like, as a first year?

  4. I don't know if you can transfer. Since our school's curriculum is so different, I don't know how that would work.

    First year, MWF, you have PBL, W you also have law/ethics, F you have molecular and cellular bio. Tuesday and Thursday you have anatomy lab for 2 hours and misc. labs for the other 2 hours (parasitology, micro, or other various subjects depending on what fits with that week's case.) You then have different clinical rotations a few days per semester in the mornings.

    1st year classes tend to be in afternoons, 2nd year classes tend to be in the mornings.

  5. Thanks for answering my questions! I've heard that transferring sometimes requires people to repeat a semester, or even a whole year.
    Either way, I'm so excited to be there! Your blog makes me so ready to just be there and be a vet student!