Archive for February, 2011

>Managed to miss another international call while in the grocery store…

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 17, 2011 by William Hooks

>But I got more cheese sticks and popcorn. Hope to talk tomorrow before my VPG meeting or maybe after.
Reading WWII Nazi history text and the latest NatGeo this evening, couldn’t bring myself to see the movie.

The hot shower felt good, helped my muscles feel better after being in that reading room chair all day again.

I look forward to an overnight camp this weekend if practical- check the weather, the worse the better!

>Catchup at the hospital

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 17, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.16

Too busy to talk with Charles in the AM and didn’t get a chance later, maybe tomorrow. Perhaps we can head to the snow before long.  Taylor just called on the heels of some radiologist whom I met at a meeting, who had my card, from Madera looking for work. Tay will hopefully come over Sunday so I can have fun with my daughter, and as a bonus maybe even Kendell?

Go to THE  EAGLE this evening and relax. My car is almost completely loaded with gear to relocate to LA. No word after 2 calls to TRMC rad this morning. Maybe I’ll try calling again in time, meanwhile hopefully will interview with practices contacted in southern CA.

>Yet another thought from The Great One

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 16, 2011 by William Hooks

>”An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” — Martin Luther King Jr. …

>A thought courtesy of General Phil Sheridan, Union Army of the Shenandoah

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 16, 2011 by William Hooks

>”If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent Texas and live in Hell”

>Nice day as float radiologist

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 16, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s log, Stardate 201102.15

Dan H returned over lunch from the dismissal of a lawsuit… I had a nice bask in the sun over part of my lunch break at the local park.

While reading images this afternoon, I had a fond memory of the very first diagnostic image I ever saw- a CXR in my Dad’s office in Terra Linda, CA in about 1969. It’s been 42 years… can’t believe how fast those years melted away.

Lawrence O’Donnell has impressed me on MSNBC with his dedication to calling out racists and other all-too-frequent folks. I think it’s fine that there is an alternative to watching Fox News, where you might be convinced that the President is not only not American but a member of a Feared Faith. If I’m lucky, someday maybe I ‘ll have a chance to share a table with him or with Rachel Maddow… that’s an exciting thought!

>A memorable phone call from Taylor

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 15, 2011 by William Hooks

>Tonight I received a special gift: during a call from Taylor regarding her chest pain today, she made me so happy by telling me how much she missed my being around since working up here… that was pretty wonderful to hear, especially this day.

Relaxing and doing some preps for the rest of the week and the upcoming weekend. Now to have some cheese popcorn and write to Midi…..

>Busy start of another work week

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 15, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.14

Happy Valentine’s Day… somewhat tired after another slog at Sierra Imaging Center. May have lunch this week with Tulare rads; now to relax and catch up on politics, maybe shoot those various snow saws for my workshops.

Weather’s turning toward spring- of course, again I cast my gaze at the Sierra knowing I have no time to get to them…… starting to pare down items to keep/transport to LA.

>Moving gear and supplies back to La Puente over the coming months

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 14, 2011 by William Hooks

>I’ve already been doing this… continue this week with haulbags, food, magazines, books, DVD’s, Ramer ski poles, climbing ropes and some of my camera bags as well as my MKR contract and lease for this apartment. If I end up staying in the Tulare/Visalia area after May, I can always select what to bring back.

This is the first time I’ve had the enjoyment of studying a radiology syllabus online whenever and however I please, with accurated rendition exactly as it was at the meeting… neat! It was so nice not to take (almost any) notes there and have the feeling that I wasn’t missing anything important; and I can refer to sessions I didn’t attend equally well. Another advantage: no extra paper/volumes to store and take up space; and I can always print what I wish for a specific application.

I’m sold.

>The finish of another vacation week, and another rad conference

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 14, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.13

Back in Visalia after an evening drive, hearing that my mother had a car accident and blacked out at the wheel near the apartment today (but seems all right tonight), Kendell has what sounds like viral gastroenteritis, and I was not able to get to the TCSP meeting re the June auction…. but- it’s very nice to have the LARS conference online and backed up on my 2GB thumb drive; got to talk with Midi twice and got some nice e-mails.. Rick Yen invited me to China for a week this July to shoot and explore the northeast part of the country! And I got Elvis’s phone # and last name: Phan, and met his wife for the first time at the Pasadena show over lunch.

Now I plan to continue moving gear to LA, follow up on job search, go to Thursday VPG meeting, and catch up with Charles this week- maybe heading to the snow some day soon.

>LARS meeting, first day

Posted in Captain's Personal Log on February 12, 2011 by William Hooks

>Captain’s Log, Stardate 201102.12

Already received e-mail before noon from Dr. Lin re a position starting May PT-> August FT in the San Gabriel Valley. I plan to send my CV this evening.

This is the first time I’ve ever done the SAM’s at a meeting and find that at least they help keep me conscious… beautiful day here in Pasadena, I wish I were photographung or in the mountains! Parking is $9 /day.

Eat lightly for lunch as usual to avoid slumber in the afternoon sessions. I spoke briefly with Bill Hastrup from UCLA med days, who’s been at Fresno /pediatric rad chronically.