Friday, April 30, 2004

OMG, I figured out how to post pictures on my blog. Whoopiiiiiiii!!! (No, not the actress.) Looks like Hilary wants a piece of the Tom-Man.

On : 5/1/2004 5:42:52 PM diego (www) said:

snap. it was just a matter of adding some ez html src into the post. haha. now to put this to work.
My sister made a webpage about me on her site! Read it here.
ITs totally awsome and off da fizzle hizzle bogizzle dizzle!

On : 5/1/2004 12:06:05 AM diego (www) said:

er. the linky won't work maryam.

On : 5/1/2004 12:33:48 AM prettydoc (www) said:

OK, it works now.
I don't want to study anymore! I'm tired, angry, hungry...Just stick everything negative there. I took a break today and went the Elephant Bar for lunch. I got the Barbeque Chicken Sandwich with no ham or bacon and a green salad side instead of fries. The sandwich had cheese and shoestring fried onions on it, which I had failed to notice. It's a one time caloric splurge, so I think I'll be able to recover from it. Then I went threading, which suddenly became a multicultural hotspot (who knew word was getting around about my little secret place?). When I was leaving a guy came in to get his eyebrows threaded. My mom asked the threader if that was a normal thing, and she said guys come in all the time for their eyebrows and to get their arms waxed. We were both a little surprised, but it's not really a big deal. The guy was cute, and I started thinking, "Maybe he's cute because he threads his eyebrows, hmm..."

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Hmm, what did I do today? At work, I got to see pictures taken during a colonoscopy, like of the intestines etc. It was pretty cool and got me excited about anatomy. Can you believe it's been 2 years since I've seen the inside of an organism? Hopefully, I'll get to take Anatomy and Physiology at CCCC next year. I miss dissections and that's all you do in the lab. Some of my fondest memories are skinning the cat, scraping out its fat, and giving it a vasectomy. Ah, the good old days. Here kitty, kitty...
I watched Will and Grace today just to see J. Lo guest star. I'm not a fan of the show; I only saw it once before and that's because Matt Damon guest starred. I remember a time when my goal in life was to become Jennifer Lopez. Then she had to go and steal my man, Mr. Ben AFLAC (haha, that joke never gets old.) The thing was that they were my favorite celebrities independent of each other, but when they got together my celebrity world crashed to the ground, and I waited for the inevitable break up, but it took so damn long. The Jenny from the Block video just made me sick, the part where he kisses her ass and takes off her bikini top: gross!, ewww! The longer Bennifer went on the more fed-up I got with the both of them. The sight of either of them made me sick. The best part in tonight's Will and Grace was when Jack kicks J. Lo in the ass during their dance routine and then gets stuck in her crotch. Classic! Man, all this Lopez talk makes me want some tacos.

On : 4/30/2004 3:25:08 PM Jenny (www) said:

you care me! Skinning cats! Run away Fluffy!!!

On : 4/30/2004 3:32:15 PM prettydoc (www) said:

HAHA! In good conscience, the cats were already dead when I got to them.

On : 4/30/2004 8:45:04 PM Jenny (www) said:

Lies! I know you get some sadistic pleasure out of killing the with your bare hands! Savage! (LMAO, you know ii'm messing wiht ya! )
I just took the Friends quiz and I'm Rachel, the Fashionable Friend! Hmm, 5 years ago I was Monica; I must have grown as a person. Find out which Friend you are.
What do McDonald's and Asian-Americans have in common? Hell if I know.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

OK, I bet none of y'all watch Degrassi, but I do. (According to Diego, it's the "Canadian Saved by the Bell"). So I was psyched when I saw the had a quiz over which Degrassi character is most like you. When I got the results I found out that I'm...Craig. OK, so he's super hot and my favorite character, but I'm a girl. I think that should have been the first question: are you a boy or a girl? Anyway, check out what the quiz said about me:

You give off a Craig vibe. Whatever's cool with you... Craig's into people doing their own thing and trying to get along with everyone. So everybody likes him, and he fits into all the crowds. The one thing is that, when Craig's pushed, he can be a little... blunt. (Remember, "Manny, YOU'RE the problem"?) So accentuate the positive, and all will be well.

Don't like these results? Take the quiz again.

20% of the people who took this quiz got the same evaluation.
I went to a Cell Bio review today from 11-2:30. The whole thing was just the professor re-lecturing everything in the course. It was funny because as time went by students would slip out of the room. At the end there were only 10 of us left. I was like, can we get bonus points for staying? I stayed after the review and spoke to my professor about the status of my grade. I told him how badly I had to get a B- in his class. He told me I probably would have to make an 83 on the final on Tuesday. That scares me just because I've made C's on all the tests. Hopefully I'll be able to do it.

On : 4/28/2004 9:40:18 PM gp (www) said:

good luck then, eh.

On : 4/28/2004 9:59:57 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Thanks, man.

On : 4/28/2004 11:06:44 PM diego (www) said:


gp, are you canadian. i picked the habit of "eh" after 2 years in the great white north. kinda faded away though.

ok, now i'm rambling. good luck maryam.

On : 4/28/2004 11:41:50 PM prettydoc (www) said:

I had a friend in middle school from South Africa and she'd always say "eh." One day this guy through a pencil at her and she said, "Oh you're trying to kill me, eh." It was the funniest moment in 7th grade and everyone used to run around saying, "Oh, you're trying to kill me, eh." It was hilarious. Thanks for the luck, guys. I need all that I can get.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

The Gene Pool Needs Some Chlorine
Isn't that the best title ever? I was just thinking, am I the only one who gets elated when I talk to my friends? I mean, not all my friends, but there are a few that I'm always really happy to talk to and that I feel sad when I have to stop talking to them, yet satisfied with the fact that I did talk to them. I'm an affectionate person; I don't know what that has to do with anything, but it could be "transference". Oh man, I'm using that word incorrectly. I hate that. OK, how about this: I'm "sublimating" something else into affection for my friends. Does that make sense? Maybe affection is the wrong word. I care about them and I'm excited when I talk to them, but it has nothing to do the romantic connotations associated with affection...or does it? Hmm... Ech, now I sound creepy, like I'm in love with my friends. OK, go study semiotics to understand my frustration. Do any of y'all have experience with this?

On : 4/27/2004 11:47:10 PM Omair (www) said:

ooh. first of all, that is THE coolest title i've ever seen in a loong time. its hilarious yet still crisp.

affection for your friends? i don't see anything wrong with that. there doesn't have to be a romantic connotation with affection unless you want there to be. but neurolinguistics states (btw, that's what i'd love to get my phd in) that we associate affection with love because of previous connections we've made in our life. its like chaining the two together, so the next time we hear the word, out of context, it feels weird, we have to readjust and then move on. does that make sense? i dunno

btw, what category do i fall in to?

On : 4/28/2004 12:09:57 AM prettydoc (www) said:

Omair, this was actually spawned by a conversation that I had with you. At the time, I told you what category you fell into, and I still consider you to be in that category.
Last night Fox 4 News did a special story on blogging that featured Blogger and included the famous blog, diary of a london call girl. Yesterday was my last day of school. It was bittersweet. I'm gonna miss the lounge and walking to classes w/ my friends and my Brit Lit 2 class. My Brit Lit professor came in and looked at the newspaper and said, "Oh, Estee Lauder died. She was 97." I was like, that's so cute! Once again, that crazy kid in our class came in the room and hit him hard twice on the back. OK, rule #1: Don't hit the teacher! So then the student said, "What's up, man?" and my professor said, "What's up with you...dude?" It was classic! Then the guy started talking about how he's just naturally happy b/c he's "high on life" and that even though he's probably gonna fail this class he's still happy. At which point, I mouthed my friend in the class, "He must have a rich daddy. That would make me happy too." Then I said, "Golly gee" out loud and my professor chuckled. He's so cute, I'm going to miss him. At least I'm taking Brit Lit 1 in the fall with him. Man, with all the nice things I'm saying about him he better give me an A. I registered for my UTD class today! All systems go.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Let us all have a moment of silence for the late, great Estee Lauder. I use her Moisturizing Mask every Monday and Thursday night and I still believe that she had the greatest Moisturizing Cream that has ever had the honor of gracing my complexion. She was a great lady and will be missed.
Cool quotes from Everwood:

"Why am I hanging with the boring twins when I could be watching free Internet porn? See ya!"


"I used to have skin like a Hobbit's feet. Nothing could get to me."


On : 4/26/2004 12:11:32 AM Omair (www) said:

oooooh; everwood...

last season, i missed only 2 episodes. this season, i only saw the first one i miss watching everwood, it was my favorite WB show. i guess i still love it. i just hope they release a boxset.. w/ my discount..hehe, i could save a lot on it ^_^

On : 4/26/2004 12:12:42 AM prettydoc (www) said:

just watch it on sundays. That's what I do, so that it doesn't interrupt my school week.
Yesterday I completed my Airman essay and started my As You Like It, where I critique a literary critique (confusing, ain't it?). Tomorrow's the day when I turn them both in and take my last Developmental Psych test (no final, yay!). Last night I watched Almost Famous. It was a nice movie. I thought it would be all trippy and give me a headache, but it wasn't like that at all. The kid in it played really well, as did Francis McDormand as his mom. But I'm not too sure if Kate Hudson deserved that Oscar nom. Then I went to Snuffer's. It just opened by my house, so I thought I'd check it out. As a general rule, I order my steaks medium well and my burgers medium. Well, at Snuffer's the default is medium rare, so I asked for mine medium, while the rest of my family ordered it well done. My dad started talking to me about how I should have ordered well done, and I was like "whatever dad, I'm a rebel" (yes, that is the extent of my rebellion). Well, then my burger came, and it was BLEEDING! It was disgusting! So I sent it back and told them to cook it to well done. Of course, their well done was dry but at least I wasn't dying from E. Coli or Salmonella. So then I said, "You should always listen to your daddy," and that got a good laugh. So, Snuffer's isn't ranking that high on my list. But it is affordable and has a nice menu, so I may come again on my own. The best burger joint is still Fuddrucker's. Of course, the best burger that I've personally ever had is at the Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City, LA, but who wants to drive that far? When I came home I watched Reindeer Games, with my fiance Ben Affleck and Oscar winner Charlize Theron. It was a nice movie, very exciting, but does Charlize have to get naked in every movie? Isn't she pretty enough on her own? It's not exactly like the role called for it.

On : 4/25/2004 3:07:33 PM Will (www) said:

Medium well? you must hate flavor!
Why bother getting meat when you cook all the flavor out of it?
I am a rare/medium rare boy.

On : 4/25/2004 3:43:04 PM prettydoc (www) said:

When I'm a doctor, I will be happy to pump your stomach when you come in with E. Coli poisoning.

On : 4/25/2004 3:48:47 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Wow, this reminds me of a pseudo-racist Persian joke. Um, if anyone wants to hear it, they can ask me privately.

On : 4/25/2004 4:18:04 PM Will (www) said:

Live your life. Dont fear it.
Rare does not equate to e. coli. I have eaten them all my life as have scores of others I know; no sickness yet. Ah, flavor country!

On : 4/25/2004 4:29:51 PM Tiffany (www) said:

I thought Almost Famous was pretty good, just one of those movies I only want to see once though. Kate Hudson had a sweet character who didn't follow her own advice and got hurt in the process. I found it believable at the very least. There's just something very attractive about Billy Crudup.

On : 4/25/2004 5:57:00 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Hey, isn't Billy Crudup with Charlize Theron? I made a cinematic love connection!

On : 4/25/2004 9:07:49 PM Jenny (www) said:

I guess i have to agree with Will on this one Maryam, rare is best for flavour of the meat. Especially in a hamburger. I have even eatten british beef rare and have escaped e-coli and mad cow.

On : 4/25/2004 9:40:03 PM prettydoc (www) said:

EWWW, that's so gross!!!! Why is everyone so passionate about their beef? Well, passion is my middle name, so what am I talking about?

On : 4/26/2004 12:19:54 AM Omair (www) said:

so i'm casually reading maryam's blog. and i come across this phrase, "When I came home I watched Reindeer Games, with my fiance Ben Affleck and Oscar winner Charlize Theron." and i see the word fiance. oh boy, did i stop reading, sit up straight, and read the rest carefully.. haha, that was so funny on my side.

On : 4/26/2004 12:21:18 AM prettydoc (www) said:

haha, that is really funny! I want to make a T-shirt related to him in some way and wear it with pride...that is until someone laughs at me, at which point I will wear it in shame.

On : 4/26/2004 12:24:06 AM Omair (www) said:

awww poor maryam. no way, you're not like that. walk with your chin up and head tall. no shame! we're premed. we can't show any shame. so walk with pride. all the time!

head tall! but still be humble while you're at it.

On : 4/26/2004 12:25:08 AM prettydoc (www) said:

Yay, Omair! You sure do know how to give me confidence.

On : 4/26/2004 12:26:27 AM Omair (www) said:

heh; keep up the good work!

Friday, April 23, 2004

Here's another great quote from Mrs Dalloway:

"For she was a child...and at the same time a grown woman...holding her life in her arms which...grew larger and larger...until it became a whole life, a complete life, which she put down...and said, "This is what I have made of it. This!" And what had she made of it? What, indeed?"
Today I skipped lunch to go over my "Airman" draft with my professor (the one who wrote the book. Come on, you remember. Yes, that one.) He gave an awesome lecture today over the Waste Land. I feel so good when he speaks. As we went over the draft, he basically said that I'm not missing anything, but that I should add stuff to it. That's cool, I guess. But I really liked it when he liked things I said and that he had never thought of them before. Then he told me that I would make a great Yeatsian. I was so happy I just wanted to scream! See, my professor is a Modernist, although he also specializes in Queer Studies (I think he's the only one at my school who does), and absolutely loves Yeats. For him to say that I should be a Yeatsian is a HUGE compliment and an honor. As we went through my paper we started talking about other things: the US view of suicide bombers, heroic archetypes, Indo-European languages and how they have changed over time, etc. He even dropped the F-bomb a couple of times. It was great. I could just talk to him forever. He's so smart and I really feel like he understands me. I want to take Brit Lit 1 with him, so I told him that I want to request him to be my professor for section. He looked so happy and said, well Maryam you did so well in this class, I don't see why you won't do well in that one. Once again, I was beaming and didn't want to leave his desk. But alas, I had spent an entire hour talking to this great man and agreeing that he is my second favorite SMU professor of all time, although the first male professor. What a feeling!

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Went to work and spent an extra hour there until my relief showed up. When I opened the door for him, I had this big grin on my face and said, "Now I can go home!" Then one of the receptionists said, "Oh, that's why you're so happy to see him. I thought there was something going on between you two." We were like, uhhhh ok. Some people were saying stuff like that during the scribe open house, but I think it's just cause the most recent intra-office romance is still on their mind (I wasn't involved in that or anything, but you get what I mean). But no, there's nothing going on between us. I'm a professional. I got my work schedule for May. I'm working 8 days, 13 shifts. That's 13x5x10=$650 in May alone. Awesome!

On : 4/22/2004 11:57:32 PM Omair (www) said:

oh you're so smart maryam. i wish i could make good grades like you ah well. keep up the good work!

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

I got up at 9:10 today, so of course I would have been 15 min late to my 10 am so I skipped it and chilled in the lounge. I compared ring tones, planned a heist, and made sexual comments (Freud anyone?). Then I went to Cell Bio and on my way out, little miss "Stay out of my way" yells at me: "Oh my God, I love your hair. That is so f--in awesome." Um, ok, so it's awesome, as long as I "stay out of your way." Haha, I wonder how awesome she'd think it was if she knew what I was doing next. Today was the first day all year that I wasn't wearing jeans at school. I got some compliments for that (yes, I do have an a$$. It just gets hidden in the jeans.) Well, I skipped Brit Lit in order to go have lunch with 5 of my closest friends (I love you guys...oh and you girls too). It was 3 girls and 3 guys total, so we took seperate cars. I drove the girls in Silver Lightning and Diego drove the guys in the Blue Beast. I think the guys found my driving to be offensive. You see, I don't change lanes gradually. As soon as I turn on my blinker, I immediately go where I want to go and then shut the blinker off. Then there was the part at the end where I got into the wrong lane so I had to switch over right after the light to enter the shopping center. Hey, I had my blinker on so I thought I was doing good, but when I got in Diego's like "You almost started a pileup." Eh, looked safe to me; whatever (wow, I've just scared all of you and you'll never drive with me anywhere. WAA!). It was funny when Diego would start revving his engine. I was like, I don't know how to respond to that; I have a car horn? OK, so now you want to know: where did you eat, girl who can't drive? I took my buddies to a Persian buffet. (I know you weren't expecting that at all, were you?) The food was great (although, being Persian I've had better, but I have also had a hell of a lot worse). Persian restaurants are also usually expensive, but the buffet here is $7.99. Plus, it's the closest one to school, even though it's still 17 min. away. Ric was so cute: when he wanted water, he'd say "Can I have some ob?" (Ob is water). Then he went to the owner and said, "Merci" (thank you) and went to the cashier and said, "Great Doogh!" Doogh is a yogurt drink that none of the guys liked. It was funny cuz they were like, Ah that's nasty. But I love it. I think they liked everything else though, so it was a really cool day. Persian food + my 5 best friends = a totally awesome time that I won't forget.

On : 4/21/2004 7:14:22 PM diego (www) said:

the combination of food and friends cannot be passed up. this was my first time trying persian food so thanks for introducing me to a part of your culture. now we just gotta go to a good mexican restaurant. well, the one i'm thinking of is right by SMU but they don't open till after 5:30 and it's $30 per/person. well, we could go to mi cocina i suppose, but that's not authentic, but yeah. i'll quit blabbing.

On : 4/21/2004 9:06:01 PM prettydoc (www) said:

La Hacienda is the best Mexican food I've ever had (except it's probably just Tex Mex.) You know it's funny, but I don't remember ever eating Mexican food in Mexico. For some reason, we always ate at the Golden Corral in Juarez (I know, crazy right?). I'm glad you liked the restaurant. It was a lot of fun.

On : 4/21/2004 9:28:17 PM diego (www) said:

La Hacienda is indeed Tex-Mex. I love it though. The fajitas are kickass there, although I usually go for one of the hefty combo platters with all sorts of enchiladas and a guacamole tostada and stuff. Damn, I got hungry just thinking about that.

BTW, going to Juarez hardly qualifies as going to Mexico . Mexico City's where its at. Remind me to show you some pics in the lounge sometime.

On : 4/21/2004 10:05:37 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Yeah, please do. I've only been to Juarez and Matamoros. I might as well have stayed in TX and gone to a giant flea market.

On : 4/22/2004 1:25:34 PM Jenny (www) said:

I feel left out!

On : 4/22/2004 5:08:34 PM diego (www) said:

huh? why do you feel left out?

On : 4/23/2004 9:36:26 AM jenny (www) said:

i wasnt even invited...

On : 4/23/2004 9:36:32 AM jenny (www) said:

oh well

On : 4/23/2004 3:43:55 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Jenny, don't feel bad. I knew you had class at 12, so I didn't want to make a situation where you were inconvenienced.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

I'm working on an essay for An Irish Airman Foresees His Death. It's a must-read.
I finished Mrs Dalloway last night. Check out my favorite quote from the book:

Only for a moment; but it was enough. It was a sudden revelation, a tinge like a blush which one tried to check and then, as it spread, one yielded to its expansion, and rushed to the farthest verge and there quivered and felt the world come closer, swollen with some astonishing significance, some pressure of rapture, which split its thin skin and gushed and poured with an extraordinary alleviation over the cracks and sores! Then, for that moment, she had seen an illumination; a match burning in a crocus; an inner meaning almost expressed. But the close withdrew; the hard softened. It was over--the moment.
According to Zach (or as I like to call him, Mr. Physics-Man), Vega is an uber-tough professor. Apparently in Physics 2, he passed 5 people and failed everyone else. What the hookie! Of course that was the Physics 2 for Engineers, not premeds, but I'm still just a tad bit wary of the fellow. Zach then informed me that he took Physics at UTD with Rasmussen and said it was "like having Barney teach you physics." Now I can't picture Barney failing anyone, can you? [Flashback: My sister dressed as Baby Bop every year for Halloween from 1992-1998. Can you believe it?] Plus, Carmen Rasmussen was the nicest finalist on American Idol, so Prof. Rasmussen has to be nice too. (Don't you just love the random connections my brain makes?) So, I'm thinking of taking Physics at UTD during the school year. That's MW 5:30-6:45pm, meaning no interference w/ my SMU schedule. I'll registered w/ Physics at SMU for now, and make up my mind after I take O Chem 2 at UTD. Sounds like a plan to me.

On : 4/20/2004 9:19:20 PM diego (www) said:

taking classes at 2 universities at the same that should be interesting. i hope that works out for ya.

On : 4/20/2004 9:37:32 PM prettydoc (www) said:

It's almost like dating 2 ppl at once...almost .
Hi everybody! At work today one of the scribes had to quit her post because she had to get to class. Since I don't have TA anymore, I gladly stepped in to do her work in addition to my own. Bottom Line: I saved the day! Trust me, it was more helpful than I'm making it sound. I always knew that I was a superhero. I got my O Chem Lab grade back. I'm listed under, what else?, prettydoc. I got a B- in the course. Eh, it'll become a B in the TMDSAS so I'm not sweating it too much. Besides, it's only a 1 hr class.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Guess what! I just got into Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society!!! This is so cool! Finally, my achievements in English are recognized, and on a national scale to boot! WOOHOO!!!!! So I can add my resume that my clubs are: Metro Mustangs (can I get woo woo!), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and STD! Yes, it really is called STD for short. Ain't that a hoot?

On : 4/24/2004 8:28:01 AM Omair (www) said:

wow good job! you are so well rounded. awesome.

On : 4/24/2004 10:19:01 PM Tiffany (www) said:

Congrats, girl!
I haven't done any homework since I got home. I went straight to watching TRL and then watching more videos online. Hanson was on TRL and they had tons of screaming fans. I was really surprised; I didn't think anyone would show. It brought me back to 7th grade. They were the first teen pop group that I liked. Wow, do I have stories...but perhaps another time. Yes today people were seen, plans were made, and ringtones were heard. All together now: I'm a gigolo always on the go...!

Sunday, April 18, 2004

I got an email today about the 2nd Muslim PreMed Conference at UTSW. I went last year with my mom (it was on Mother's Day) and I learned a lot about admissions. The Muslim stuff they talked about wasn't really that great. Either it didn't apply to the way that I live my life or it was by certain people that I know are clueless. Well, this year they're trying something new. In addition to having the admissions committee from UTSW speak, they're also trying to reach out to the predents by also having the admissions committee from Baylor College of Dentistry speak. When I read that, I thought that that was really cool. Most of my friends are predent, my sister's predent, and my mom goes to Baylor for her dental work. So, I went to my mom and told her about the Baylor adcom being there this year. She immediately said that she did not want me to go into dentistry and that she'd be ashamed if I did. I said that I don't want to go into dentistry. So she asked why I cared that Baylor was gonna be there. I said that it was because my sister wanted to go there. My sister then said that she had changed her mind and wanted to go into business (?! ok, whatever). Then my mom kept prodding and I said that I don't know much about what the dental schools look for in applicants and I'm curious to know what they look for. Then I just walked away. I hate talking about this stuff with her because she's so quick to judge me. Then later on she was like, "Are you doubting going to med school again?" I was like, no I just want to keep my options open. She said, just concentrate on getting good grades so that you won't need to look at options; I don't want you to be a dentist. I just want to go off on her and say that my career choices are none of her business. I was the one who chose to be a doctor. I can also choose not to be. It doesn't make a difference. She's just so worried that if I don't be a doctor (specifically, going to UTSW on my first try) she'll be the laughing stock of the Dallas Iranian community. It's all because my cousin went to UTSW (hello, she was waitlisted!) and is now a resident at the hospital where I work. She got a nosejob last month and I see her flirt with this resident all the time. My mom's always talking about how now she can have whatever she wants because she's reached her goals. So I have to swear off everything until I have too. Oh God, it's like she doesn't get it at all. My future has nothing to do with anybody else. It's my life and my choices. When she talks like this, I get discouraged because I feel so much pressure. If I was rebellious I would give up on being a doctor, except that it's my dream, not hers. I would be stupid to give up on something that I want because of somebody else, just like I don't want to achieve it because of somebody else. I just wish that she would stay out of it. I need her support, not to be a doctor, but to be what I want to be.

On : 4/18/2004 10:39:44 PM Jenny (www) said:


On : 4/19/2004 1:01:01 AM Will (www) said:

Good post. Honesty rules. I think you may need some more "opening up" before you.
I understand you more through this post than any number of "threading/television/daily routine" posts.

On : 4/19/2004 12:23:54 PM Omair (www) said:


On : 4/19/2004 4:22:33 PM Omair (www) said:

umm, i didn't post the above comment that says its from me. i think that's weird.

but yea, don't worry about it. your mom's just stressing out and stuff. keep your cool! we'll be premed together ^_^

Friday, April 16, 2004

I just got back from the Scribe Open House at work. It was a huge success! We had 20 people show up, and everything went off without a hitch. The premed advisor was there too, so she saw that I wasn't a complete loser. I was in charge of showing the applicants how to do a preoperative consult. They were all like, "Wow, Maryam, you're so good. We had no idea you knew how to do this stuff." The doctor and my boss all said I did a good job too, so I was thoroughly beaming with pride at a job well done. All except 2 of the applicants were from my school, so I knew most of them. I can't wait until training starts in summer. It's gonna be fun taking someone under my wing and teaching them the craft. OOO, I'm so excited!!

On : 4/17/2004 4:07:25 PM Omair (www) said:

yeah; i had tons of fun at the thing. yet, helen, one of my really good friends got a phone call a few hours after we left from presby to get an interview, yet i didn't i'm so sad because i really really liked the environment and the ability that i could have learned so much :(

On : 4/17/2004 6:49:08 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Don't worry, Omair, there's still plenty of time to get an interview. She probably broke up the applicants in groups and is interviewing members of each group in blocks.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Today was my Organic Chemistry Lab final. I actually don't think I did that bad, but I'm sure I lost plenty of points. If I missed everything I'm not sure about, I wind up with a B+ on the final. I got so excited when I got my last 2 lab reports back and I got A's on them. Today at work we were getting ready for the Open House tomorrow. So far we have 10 people RSVP. I looked at the list and, well, I don't like some of the people applying. Eh, what can you do? I think they're going to be surprised that I have this job when they see me at the open house. They're those gunner premed types, which I'm not (even though I may sound like one on my blog). Nobody likes a gunner premed. I brought one of my mix CDs in to school today, mainly so Jenny could listen to "What's your fantasy?". I got some good use out of it; everybody loves a mix CD. I really just wanted to have fun during lunch, but instead my predental friends kept me centered on studying for the lab final. Not that there weren't plenty of distractions (spitwads, anyone?).

On : 4/15/2004 9:52:25 PM diego (www) said:

isn't it weird that we regressed into 4th grade mode today during lunch break? must be a combo of Brian's drunkedness and everyone losing their minds from these final weeks of scholastic madness.

On : 4/15/2004 10:29:11 PM prettydoc (www) said:

All I know is I was cussin up a storm and possibly flirting. Why does hanging with Brian make me tipsy?

On : 4/15/2004 10:37:31 PM Tiffany (www) said:

Apparently, I missed an action packed day! Boo...

On : 4/17/2004 4:04:38 PM Omair (www) said:

aww.. do you think i'm one of those gunner premed types? this is going to keep me worried all weekend.. do you not like me? so sad. lol

On : 4/17/2004 4:05:46 PM Omair (www) said:

aww.. do you think i'm one of those gunner premed types? this is going to keep me worried all weekend.. do you not like me? so sad. lol

On : 4/17/2004 6:50:17 PM prettydoc (www) said:

No, the person I was talking about is a girl and she's in my premed classes. She's got a big attitude, and nobody really likes her.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Yesterday was my last day to TA...ever! Triple WOOHOO!!!! The Persian guy in my class went from bugging me all semester to suddenly being my new best friend. I was like, Dude what's your deal? He was being really nice to me and then I found out why. He wanted me to overlook some missing pages on his lab report (yes, he was missing whole pages) in order to boost his grade. I was like, No way Jose! He, of course, got less friendly after that. Eh, who cares? Today was nice until I got my Cell Bio test back. Yes, it was the Spirit of 76, meaning of course that I got a 76. The class average was 79, which he was unexpicably happy about. That's not a good class average, but he was milking it like it was, thereby refusing a curve. Um, ok, now what am I supposed to do, genius? I'm gonna have to meet w/ him later and figure something out. BTW, any premeds reading this in the Dallas area: we're having an open house at work (Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas) to recruit new scribes. It's this Friday from 2-5 pm. Email me if you're interested in joining the team and I'll give you more details. Oh and Jenny, this Bud's for you! Question of the day: What could a guy do to keep himself busy while his family is shopping at Sam Moon on Harry Hines?

On : 4/14/2004 8:57:28 PM Will (www) said:

Ever? Whose going to be my Chemistry TA?

On : 4/14/2004 9:00:46 PM prettydoc (www) said:

I don't know if you're aware of this, but...Omair is going to be a Chem TA next semester!

On : 4/14/2004 9:19:52 PM gp (www) said:

79 class average is pretty damn good... the test average in my physics class is usually somewhere between 50-65.

this link is for will, since seems to be malfunctioning:

On : 4/14/2004 9:35:52 PM Will K (www) said:

Thanks pete, I liked that link so much I went back in time and posted it on my website two weeks ago!
DNS issues with server relocation. For the record.

On : 4/14/2004 9:36:24 PM Will K (www) said:

Omair will be more difficult than you. :P

On : 4/14/2004 10:12:10 PM Jenny (www) said:

Will and Omair! I'm going to loose my mind. Thanks for the lyrics Maryam, now i just ahve to find the song so i can listen to it! Damn me and my social retardation! Thank god i have the media wary friends i do.
PS loved the duet with you and gabbi. That should have been recorded for future blackmail!

On : 4/14/2004 10:25:05 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Oh honey, I'm proud of my mad rapping skillz fo shizzle.

On : 4/14/2004 10:30:09 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Although it would be really funny if I TAed w/ Omair and Will and Jenny were my students...and they were lab partners!

On : 4/15/2004 10:05:20 AM Jenny (www) said:

thank you for that thought maryam. like my nightmares weren't frightening enough! Now i have to think about Will and chem lab... many nights of explosions will now rack my sleeping mind!

Monday, April 12, 2004

Tonight on the Swan one of the contestants was a Latina bellydancer! They're everywhere. The shimmies, oh God the shimmies! Yes sir, she was in dire need of a tummy tuck. She got it and won tonight's episode, meaning she will go on to compete in the beauty pageant next month. Can't wait for that talent competition.

On : 4/15/2004 10:39:59 PM gp (www) said:

i just saw the word swan.. had to post this link to dirk vermeirre's swan photograph...
What's goin' on, What's goin' on, What's goin' on...

I liked the response to my haircut. I'm satisfied, haha. I was surprised by the number of guys that acknowledged it. Usually guys don't notice this sort of stuff, in my experience. My Cell Bio test went pretty well. One of the things my professor said that I should do is ask him about the question if I have any doubt as to its meaning. So I asked him on 2 of the questions, and he practically gave me the answer! All right!! The next test coming up is the Organic Chemistry Lab Final on Thursday. The studying starts now.

On : 4/12/2004 10:48:47 PM diego (www) said:

i, a male, generally notice these sort of things. i just dont point them out most of the time, tho i don't really no why i dont.

i'm glad to hear your cell bio test went well. only, what, 2 weeks of school left now? i can't wait.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

I've been spending my day studying for Cell Bio. Yes, that is the exciting life that I lead. I typed out 15 pages of notes per my professor's advice. Hopefully, I'll do well tomorrow. Tomorrow's also the day that everybody will get to see my new haircut! I hope they like it, but if not that's cool, too.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Check this out

So I went threading today. I don't know why I feel the need to announce that, but I do. It was in anticipation of the people coming over tonight. Yes, they are the ones I spent last Saturday cleaning for. And no, they're not worth it. The threading hurt more today than it usually does. Maybe I waited too long, maybe the lady did it badly, maybe my skin is crazy...Wow, this is really boring. I read the Awakening in one day (140 pages baby!) and read some WWI poetry. So, I've been spending today studying for my Cell Bio exam on Monday. I've been typing my notes because they make no sense in my notebook. I've already typed out the notes for Microtubules, Intermediate filaments, and cell transport. Once I do cell signals, I'll be free to just read over everything continuously.

On : 4/11/2004 10:09:41 PM Jenny (www) said:

what poems did you read? (war poetry is kinda one of my hobbies)

On : 4/11/2004 10:52:17 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Brooke, "The Soldier"; Sassoon, "The Glory of Women", "They"; Owen, "Strange Meeting", "Dulce et Decorum Est".

On : 4/12/2004 10:20:17 PM Jenny (www) said:

i love "Dulce et Decorum Est", ,one of the best, have never read the ones by sassoon, have a couple others of his though. Have read all of the others too. Ah poetry, my one true love! (tragic isnt it!)

On : 4/13/2004 5:55:07 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Yea, English!

On : 4/13/2004 7:33:09 PM persianguy (www) said:

why do you need to get threaded like every other week...

On : 4/13/2004 8:45:57 PM prettydoc (www) said:

It's every 3-4 weeks, actually

On : 4/15/2004 12:41:59 AM persianguy (www) said:

My bad, I'm only off by a freaking week. Still...abnormally high rate of growth, you might want to check that out...

Friday, April 09, 2004

Tonight I watched Something's Gotta Give. It was a funny move, just a little on the long and slow side. I'm absolutely in love with Keanu Reeves's character. He's everything that I want in a man. Everything he did was so...perfect. I hope one day I'm lucky enough to find someone like him. That scene where Diane Keaton is on the phone and he just looks at can just see the love pounding in his heart and the norepinephrine and serotonin transmitting through his neurons. When he passed her the note on his prescription stationary, I thought I was going to melt. Wow, he's exactly what I want.

On : 4/11/2004 12:10:16 PM gp (www) said:

cute =p

On : 4/11/2004 4:16:10 PM prettydoc (www) said:

I love it when guys say cute. It's so...cute!
I got a haircut today! It's a shoulder-length, layered bob. The best part of having layers are the flirty, little pieces that get in your face and play with your eyes. Having a bob makes me feel so spunky. My sisters also got hair cuts, and one of my sisters got her license, too. I've been spending the day reading "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin. At the moment, I'm having an awakening of my own. It's the classic "art imitates life," I suppose. What happens if what you awaken to is so dangerous you'd rather stay asleep?

On : 4/9/2004 11:27:48 PM Jenny (www) said:

i hated that story! what a waste of time!

On : 4/10/2004 12:14:18 AM prettydoc (www) said:

I liked the chronicle of her awakening, but I don't like the ending or the story surrounding her awakening.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Go here and see a picture from the bellydancers at my school. OK, there's a girl in the blue shirt dancing with the dancer. I'm 2 people behind her. You can see my jeans and shoes. That's how much the press loves me. If it's not up anymore, email me and I'll send you the picture.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

They found it! One of the biggest mysteries in aviation is finally solved. I've read The Little Prince in the original French in 1998, when I was in 8th grade. It's such a cute, little book with a nice message.

On : 4/8/2004 9:25:48 PM diego (www) said:

i saw a story about that on the news yesterday. i've never read The Little Prince, but i've definitely heard about it. i never knew the author had died during the War.

On : 4/9/2004 6:23:56 PM Will (www) said:

This book was the reason i failed freshman english. My interpretation was not on par with my professors, and i was not allowed to present a differing viewpoint.

If I recall correctly. I postulated that the flower was a negative image because it was not free to roam about like the travellers. Which was in direct confrontation to my professor's own theroy that the flower was the ultimate in happiness since it belonged somewhere/ had an undisputed home.

On : 4/9/2004 9:37:09 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Actually, Will your interpretation is the one that is mostly agreed upon by literary critics. The rose (the only female character) is trapped in her role as a seductress/mistress. She is also trapped on the prince's planet, and under glass to boot. The male prince is allowed to roam free and find himself, while the female rose must stay behind and keep house. She is not happy where she is and does not want to be left alone.
Today was Middle Eastern day at my school, so we had some special guests: Bellydancers! They came all the way from...Hurst Recreation Center. No, none of these women were professionals or, incidentally, of MidEastern descent, but that doesn't mean they're bad. Let's give them a chance. So I did, and, well, while they weren't bad, they weren't particularly good either. They were 3 women, 3 overweight, older women. And yes, they decided that it was fine to expose their jelly, I mean bare midriff. They moved too slowly, as it appeared they were unable to keep up with the rhythm of the song. Their method of dance did not seem to come from a particular country. It turns out the style was "San Francisco" style, meaning some American thought she could make big bucks by conning housewives out of their dough and teaching them pseudo-stripping. At the end of their performance, they invited audience members to dance with them. I was fine where I was, but one of the girls organizing the event pulled my friend and I up to join in. I played along with the dancers, who were "teaching" me moves. They starting saying things like, "Wow, you're a natural. Are you sure you haven't done this before?" I just played the "beginner's luck" card. Everytime my friend and I tried to sneak away, that girl would pull us back in. Weirdo! We finally got away and got to go back w/ our other friends. It was time to go to class, but a new set of dancers arrived. One of them was an extremely hot young girl (she turned out to be 16). All the guys stared bug-eyed at this hottie in a Princess Jasmine costume, while we girls were debated whether or not her boobs were real. One of the guys said something really funny, but I'm not gonna embarrass him. I missed her show, but one of the guys later told me that she sucked so people started laughing at her, and she left. Haha, too bad I missed it.

On : 4/7/2004 6:26:16 PM diego (www) said:

Bug-eyed indeed. I still think there's no way she's 16. Like I said, "...wait, you didn't mention what I said so neither will I.

On : 4/7/2004 7:01:39 PM Will (www) said:
(i wish your comments allowed html)

On : 4/7/2004 9:02:46 PM prettydoc (www) said:

The one in the picture is a good size. Too bad the other dancers weren't like her. I'm sure she's more authentic as well.

On : 4/7/2004 9:58:02 PM Jenny (www) said:

hmmm vitamins.....
(sorry it was a classic moment today!)

On : 4/7/2004 10:01:58 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Definitely a classic. I wish I had my tape recorder!

On : 4/7/2004 11:26:13 PM Will (www) said:

She was ... not authentic. I think she doubled as our waitress.

On : 4/8/2004 9:26:20 PM diego (www) said:

vitamins indeed. chalk one up for me under "classic quotes".

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

60s Flash back time! (Because sometimes you just want to play in the flowers.) This one's in honor of my generic Claritin since it was featured in the real Claritin commercials. When I came home today I treated myself to a smorgasbord of 60s pop while doing the infamous 60s dances: the Jerk, the Twist, and, my personal favorite, the Monkey. Yes, I made sure no one was watching.

Cowsills - The Flower Girl

I saw her sitting in the rain
Raindrops falling on her
She didn't seem to care
She sat there and smiled at me

Then I knew (I knew I knew I knew I knew)
She could make me happy (Happy happy)
(She could make me very happy)
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Oh I don't know just why
She simply caught my eye
I love the flower girl
She seemed so sweet and kind
She crept into my mind
(To my mind)

I knew I had to say hello
(Hello hello)
She smiled up at me
Then she took my hand
And we walked through the park alone

Then I knew (I knew I knew I knew I knew)
She had mad me happy (Happy happy)
(She had made me very happy)
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere


Suddenly the sun broke through
(I see the sun)
I turned around she was gone
(Where did she go?)
And all I had left, was one little flower in my hand

But I knew (I knew I knew I knew I knew)
She had mad me happy (Happy happy)
(She had made me very happy)
Flowers in her hair
Flowers everywhere

I love the flower girl
Was she reality, or just a dream to me
I love the flower girl
Her love showed me the way to find a sunny day
(Sunny day)
I love the flower girl
Was she reality, or just a dream to me

So I went to work, which was fine. Then I head to school, where it was "East Asia meets South Asia" day. My coworker that I drive to school wanted to check it out so we headed over there. She's a member of the Indian Student Association, so she knew most of the people there. There was this guy at the ISA talent show that everybody thought was really hot, and he was at the India booth today! I was like, omg what a hottie! He looks like David Ackert, who I think is a beautiful man. Then, my coworker told me that he's a junior and Muslim and I was like, ooh, this is getting better and better. Hehe. So then my friend and I headed to lab to TA. One of our students came up to us along the way and said, "Haven't you heard? The professor is sick, so all labs are canceled this week. There's a note on the door." Since the student was trustworthy (there's a certain somebody in there that I don't trust at all), my friend and I were pretty glad to be off the hook and headed home. I took Central, which was scary, and I never want to do it again. From now on, Hillcrest or Preston, baby!

Monday, April 05, 2004

So the crazy guy in my English class decided that he wanted to sit next to me and proceeded to go on about how much he loves the 80s and wants to do the Electric Slide with me. Um, yeah. So then we had just gone over "Sailing to Byzantium" and were about to start "Prufrock" (my favorite poem in the world). At that precise moment, the guy decides to open his big fat mouth and say that there is no point to studying "Sailing to Byzantium"; the poem serves no purpose. OMG, this is an English class; you study poetry! That's the purpose! So the professor was, of course, just rubbing his face thinking, "What have I done with my life?" I feel so bad for him that he has to deal with this guy. He really cringes when he enters the room. So then the professor was asking everyone who was reading Prufrock for the first time what their impressions were. OK, the thing is, Prufrock is not a poem that can be understood when you read it once. It took me 1-2 years of intense study before I could even begin to crack the surface. My professor is a specialist in Modernism, so he had studied this poem many times and wanted to hear a fresh perspective. Of course, none of the new readers had anything to say. So we sat in silence as the professor kept firing questions to the new readers. Finally, I just got fed up with the silence (keep in mind there is only 5 min. left in class) and just started answering all his questions. He was surprised I had so much to say about the first few lines. We ended class without even finishing the first 1/2 of the first stanza. Wednesday we're going to have a lecture on it, so that means no more discussion on Prufrock. Waaa!! Curse the crazy guy and the way he wastes our time. It turns out that he's not a history major. He's majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. Well, either way he's wacko. In other news, I walked into the lounge today and had a funny feeling in my chest. No, it wasn't a heart attack. Apparently a bug decided to make itself at home in my bra. That's right, in my bra. It just started tugging at my shirt and people were looking at me, so I headed over the bathroom, pulled it out, and squished it in victory. I felt so violated; the last thing I need is to be felt up by a bug. In other other news, I registered today, but now I have some doubts. OK, let's have a vote for the 2 classes I'm torn between:

PSYC 3341 Social Psychology w/ Crow


HIST 2323 Russian Culture w/ Orlovsky

Keep in mind that my goal is to make an A with the least amount of work possible. Which of these classes do you think will help me secure that?

On : 4/5/2004 10:43:43 PM persianguy (www) said:

Russian seems easy.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Diet Update: I gained 5 lbs this week! Color me discouraged.

On : 4/4/2004 8:32:26 PM persianguy (www) said:

meaty girls look good, unless ofcourse you're too big, in which case...disregard this entire comment.

On : 4/4/2004 9:06:41 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Dude, I'm not meaty or big.

On : 4/4/2004 10:33:55 PM Jenny (www) said:

I still don't see why you think you need to loose weight M.

On : 4/5/2004 10:44:17 PM persianguy (www) said:

"Dude, I'm not meaty or big."

Then theres no need to go on a diet, or freak out when you gain 5lbs.
I'm sick again. This sucks. I think I have allergies, so I picked up some Claritin (well, the generic version). For some reason, I feel worse. Oh please don't let this be a cold! I register for my classes tomorrow. I decided to take Plant Kingdom instead of Russian Culture. I heard it's an easy class, so the 4 hrs of "A" should really boost my science GPA since I won't have time to take any Bio classes at CCCC. I will, however, take Nutrition online at CCCC during the summer while I'm taking O Chem 2 at UTD so that's 3 hrs of "A" that will help a bit. Every A counts. That's my new philosophy for next year. I'm taking classes that I know I can maximize my A's in. So the new and improved Fall 2004 schedule is:


9 am Social Psychology (it's with Crow, Tiffany. I don't know if he was your professor, but let me know if you know anything about him)
10 am Social and Intellectual history of Europe (this is with Hopkins, Will. I don't know if you've ever heard anything about him. Let me know if you have.)


8 am Plant Kingdom
11 am General Physics 1 (anybody know anything about Vega?)
12:30 Victorian Gender


12 pm Physics Lab


2 pm Plant Kingdom Lab

Okie dokie. Hopefully, this will be a better schedule for me. Let me know if you're going to take any of these classes with me (the CF is honors if that helps; I've been trying to recruit people to take it with me).
Last night, I saw a little movie that I had never heard of before. Oh my gosh, it was so good! That is to say, it was hilarious. It's called Unconditional Love. It stars SMU alumna and Oscar winner Kathy Bates and my favorite gay Briton, the lovely Mr. Rupert Everett. It's also got Dan Akroyd, Johnathan Pryce, and special appearances by Julie Andrews, Barry Manilow, and Sally Jessie Raphael. It was so funny!! You know I hadn't noticed this before, but my aforementioned English professor looks like Rupert Everett, except my professor has kinder eyes and wears tighter pants.

On : 4/4/2004 11:31:09 AM persianguy (www) said:

Damn, "they'" are multplying...

On : 4/4/2004 4:44:00 PM Jenny (www) said:

Rupert Everett is amazing! Gay men are so cool!

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Speaking of geniuses, there is one poem that calls to me. This poem was my initiation into the realm of poetry and critical literary theory. I first read it when I was a junior in high school. I have studied it in 4 classes, on my own for 3-4 years, and this was years before Ben Affleck based his "Push, Nevada" main character on it. This Monday, I will have studied in the 5th class. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the greatest poem ever written: T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

On : 4/3/2004 6:22:04 PM persianguy (www) said:

dude, liberal arts / humanities is such bull shit. no offense on that, but it's so damn boring...

On : 4/3/2004 6:42:23 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Eh, to each his/her own. I wish I had just a fraction of my English literature ability in my science courses. It would be much more beneficial for me.

On : 4/4/2004 11:32:01 AM persianguy (www) said:

You're a dork. Just read the book, pay attention to class, and do all of the practice problems (yes, all fifty-sixty problems).

On : 4/4/2004 8:32:01 PM prettydoc (www) said:

Um, actually dorks are good at science. It's, like, a requirement.
Today was a cleaning day. I was up at 9:30 and cleaning up till 12. Why, do you ask? Because next Saturday (yes, a week from today) people are coming over. No, not relatives or special people. Just regular people that we go to school with and live nearby. Yes, it is a rediculous as it sounds. I don't see why I need to clean out my closet when we're having people over for dinner. Yet I turned the music up loud and cleaned to the beat. Here's one of the songs I cleaned to:

Britney Spears - Showdown

Sometimes I just love to have that out
Just something a girl’s gotta do, oh

Never thought I’d see you like this
You lookin’ good when you’re half dressed
Just let me give you one last test
Is that a sin, no
Am I too hot for you though
Did you check out my video
There’s some things you don’t do
Like this

I’ll take you to spend in my way
Just give in when you are ready to play
Uh, like this

Here comes the showdown
What goes around comes around
And the crowds are waiting, oh
‘Cause if we break up
Then we can make up
Shake my booty all night
Here comes the showdown, oh

I don’t really wanna be a tease
Would you undo my zipper, please
Uh uh, please don’t talk
I’ll let you touch me if you want
I see your body rise, rise
And when you come, don’t get too hot

I’ll take you to spend in my way
Just give in when you are ready to play
Like this

Here comes the showdown
What goes around comes around
And the crowds are waiting, oh
‘Cause if we break up
Then we can make up
Shake my booty all night
Here comes the showdown, oh

Look at the tension
When we fight
You make it up
Turn down the light
It’s just a lover’s game we play, yeah
After the screaming’s at an end
Why don’t we all do it again
That’s when the fun really begins
Oh, whoa

Here comes the showdown
What goes around comes around
And the crowds are waiting, oh
‘Cause if we break up
Then we can make up
Shake my booty all night


Here comes the showdown
Here comes the showdown, oh
What goes around comes around
The crowds are waiting, oh

Here comes the showdown, oh

Isn't Britney a lyrical genius?

Friday, April 02, 2004

Tonight I saw "Dirty Pretty Things." It was a great movie that describes events in the lives of multicultural immigrants in England. Audrey Tautou of Amelie fame plays a Turkish girl whose life is manipulated by the system in which she is trapped. I loved it. You should see it; I highly recommend it.

Today in class, someone asked my English prof what college he went to. He replied that he got his bachelor's at Princeton. Just as he had begun lecture, this guy in our class (known as the one who says constantly stupid comments, so everyone hates him) comes up behind the prof, hits him on the back twice, and sits down in front of me. The prof and the class were in shock. The prof continued (he's such a sweet guy) and the crazy student (who my friend said reeked of alcohol) kept making stupid comments in class. I think he's a history major (not that I'm saying that has anything to do with his intelligence) because he starting going off on the history of warfare in America. The thing was, we were talking about Ireland. What planet is he on? He started asking what words meant that had footnotes, and he was asking about words in poems that we were not discussing at the time. At one point the prof asked him a question and he said that he wasn't listening. Plus he kept laughing throughout class. Finally, as we're about to leave, the guy asks, "Prof, how do you know all this stuff? Do you have a cheat sheet that comes with your textbook?" The prof just stares at him and says, "I have a Ph.D." Damn, this guy is psycho. My prof is actually he really cool guy who doesn't deserve that at all. He's even written a book.

On : 4/3/2004 3:20:00 AM Will (www) said:

I am sorry, but that was far to much usage of the word "prof". I've over looked it in the past but please use the correct form. The same way you dont use "u" and "r" please dont use "prof". Try saying it aloud, it just doesnt work.

On : 4/3/2004 11:40:22 AM prettydoc (www) said:

Actually, my Cell Bio teacher says "prof" all the time. And in French class, we always called our teacher la prof. It may be more of a regional thing. I'm trying to be more accurate and get away from saying teacher, esp. in my Farsi. I want to sound more authentic.

On : 4/3/2004 12:58:58 PM Will (www) said:

As opposed to "teacher" with seems almost like an insult at this level, I suggest a revolutionary new word, professor. :P
prof is indeed a word, in French. But in every other language it seems to be a titular abbriviation, like Mrs or Mr.. So in order to continue using it (properly) you would need to preceed a persons name with it. Of course you could always update in french and then I couldnt argue the point any further.
Otherwise, help stop the destruction of the english language. its these grey areas between ebonics and english that are most dangerous, since people dont even think about what they are saying,.

btw, thanks for the heads up on dirty pretty things, looks very promising.

On : 4/3/2004 2:16:26 PM prettydoc (www) said:

It's a great movie. I think you'll enjoy it.

On : 4/3/2004 7:57:16 PM prettyface (www) said:

"btw, thanks..."

Uh, you were saying?

On : 4/4/2004 3:24:21 AM Will (www) said:

i was conceding a little ground in order to placate you, so as to let you know i was not "angry". It was intentional, of course.

On : 4/4/2004 10:27:12 AM prettydoc (www) said:

Point taken and duly noted. My sister posted that.

Thursday, April 01, 2004


I almost forgot. Today is the 13th and last day of the Persian New Year celebration, better known as Seezda bedar. It was fun while it lasted (well, not really, I didn't do anything). I'm off to go outside and throw my wheatgrass into a creek. I'm gonna get me a man!

On : 4/1/2004 7:34:37 PM prizonerofscience (www) said:

u throw shards with glass in ur eyes 4 fun meybe u dont need medicals school u can b a street dr u take the bullets out of the crime man and crack whore then u recieve payment n blood and feces stained dollars

On : 4/1/2004 7:54:41 PM prettydoc (www) said:

wtf? you again? when did did you...oh f-- it.
OK, here's the email I sent the premed advisor at my school:

I hope you are doing well. I know that this is a busy time of year for you, but I was hoping you could give me some advice. Last term, I made a C in O Chem 1 and a B in the lab. I had difficulty with Organic Chemistry 2 this semester (my test scores were 60, 65, and 50). Thus I dropped the course and want to retake it this summer at another campus. I am an English major and a Pre-MD. I am also currently a BA Biological Sciences major, but I am considering changing that to a minor. Therefore, this class is unnecessary for my majors, so transferring the course to SMU is a non-issue. I want to take O Chem 2 at either UTD or Collin County Community College. UTD offers it as an 8 week session, while CCCC offers it as a 6 wk Summer 2 session. I feel more confident that I could make an A at CCCC, but I don't know how it would look to a med school adcom if I took this course at a CC. Do you think that UTD or CCCC would be a better choice for me?

Here's her reply:

You may want to think carefully about the Organic Chemistry and reasons why it didn't seem to go well. There may be some questions about taking it over the summer, no matter where you do so since you dropped the class this term. Are you taking another science? What is your Math/Science GPA? I would recommend a four year school at this point, but the grade you plan to earn is only one issue. I think you will need to clearly demonstrate the ability to handle a challenging academic schedule -- demonstrate to yourself and to an admission committee. This is busy, but let's see if we might find some time to talk during the week of the 15th of April.

Um, thanks for wasting my time, lady. I hate premed advisors. They're good for nothing. All I wanted to know was UTD or CCCC. Instead she had to drag it out and make it into something it's not. I don't want to talk to her. All she'll do is tell me I'm stupid and should give up my dreams. It's a strategy she's famous for. She gets everybody to drop premed so that the school will have a high acceptace rate to med school. Last year 8 students applied and 6 got in. She was able to wittle 150 premeds to 8. It's all a huge scam my school is running. I don't trust this lady. I'm going to consider her email as a vote for UTD and move on.
Happy April Fool's Day, everybody! This morning when I got to work I found out that the tough doctor was off so my co-scribe and I got to scribe for the my favorite one. Yea! I was with my buddydoc and I got to talk to my co-scribe when the doc was in with patients. I hate being lonely, but this time I had a friend to while away the time with. Double Yea! Then I got to school. Today I stopped having Slim Fast pasta and moved to the soups. Mmmm Yumsters! The funny thing was, the soup filled me up more than the pastas did. Usually I have a salad with the pasta, but I didn't eat one with my soup because I was so full. And I had even skipped my midmorning snack! You know what that means: my tummy is getting smaller! Triple yea! Everybody was nice to me today. Quadruple Yea! I made nylon in Organic Lab. The last Organic Chemistry lab I will ever have in my life. Quintuple Yea!