Monday, December 08, 2003

Got a few minutes before I must dash away once again to pick up Janine, drive her home, then I'm off to my next assignment. The phrase "next assignment" might actually be interesting coming from a CIA operative or international spy or something, but for a home health aide not quite so much. The driving difficulty stems from the fact that the alternator I picked up in the aforementioned salvage yard ain't so good as I'd hoped, so I'm going to have to wait until probably Friday before I can return it and look into a better option. And get a new battery, and a host of other Metro components I'm learning about. Like belts. I've been hearing the things wear out in a steady stream of ear-pearcing sqeals for a while, and now I know how to fix those, too. I could charge myself a fortune for all of this auto service...

Meanwhile, I am more active lately -- mostly due to a change in career direction to the medical field. I'm currently looking into what an MD or DO might entail -- I'll be speaking to a pre-med advisor on Thursday, and getting a better idea of whether or not I might be able to apply for the 2005 school year. To do so, I'd have to take about 8 classes between now and then, and I don't know if I'd qualify for residency (yes, I know I've been here for 5 years; don't get me started), don't know if I absolutely need to get these credits from a big-time school, or if an eminantly more flexbile and less expensive community college might suffice, whether I'll be able to get an assistantship to help defer the costs, whether some of my undergrad credits might transfer, etc.

Yes, it's a bit of a departure from my archaeological aspirations, but the archaeology market seems to be enduringly unfriendly to me at the moment, so back to school I go (possibly. I'm still actively applying for archaeology positions at the moment). But a medical degree sounds like a very cool thing, and I like the idea of doing what I'm doing now (helping the truly helpless) with a more significant paycheck added to the mix.

And just think: free oxycontin for all!

Watch this space for updates and tearful disappointments!

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