Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Long day

I spent the majority of my day at school working on waxing the marginal ridges, etc.. of a premolar and a molar. I'm pretty desce' at waxing teeth and working with my hands to build up the surface anatomy, and some people are really struggling, so it's kind of re-assuring. I have a long way to go until i start throwing vaneers on people. I did make it to the gym, though, and did a 10 mile time trial and a 2 mile run. Not much time to update tonight but MGH kicked ass in the Individual Time Trials. I'll post a link tommorow.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

RIP Johnny C :(

Pretty desce' day here... I ran to school and back 11 miles in all, and it was in the 70's in Chicago. Rocked this gynormous file most of the day:
South By Southwest mp3

Got a test on Friday of this week and a project I'm working on, but not too much going on until the first week of May which will be hellish. There were a total of 10 people in my neuroanatomy class today (out of a possible 78), so it looks like school is really starting to get to people. I shouldn't talk though, because I wouldn't have been there had I not had a meeting afterwords.

Jose Canseco is going to be on the Surreal Life next season. HAHA! What a has been.

Planning on going to see Josh Rouse on Friday (by myself, sad, I know) but it'll probably be an awesome show since he really wails. Park West, where the show is, looks really cool as well. Rad, not bogus.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Happy Easter

Welp, my self imposed easter vacation turned out to be a good one. I went to see MGH race her bike, she broke a record and qualified first for the upcoming Little 500. Check it out here!

It kind of sucks being back in Chicago, but the weather was awesome today, so I did an eight mile run at about 7:30 pace. Lots of people out on the trails, which was good to see; I'm looking for a cheap bike real soon, got the cycling jones again. I saw a couple of older guys who looked like they were run/commuting to work with backpacks today, so i'm going to give it a try tommorow morning on the way to school. We'll see how a 10 mile run goes with books in my backpack. Since gas is getting close to $2.50/gallon here, it'll probably turn out to be pretty sweet.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Ryan Adams, not an UltraMarathon Man

Check out Some Depression
and download Ryan Adam's The Suicide Handbook. All the stuff he put together before Gold, and just as good. I've been rocking out to Dear Chicago all day.

Also, here's an awesome interview with the ultra marathon man Dean Karnazes.
I'm definatley going to read his book when I finish Middlesex.

5 mile run tonight with 3 0.5 mile tempo runs at 8.5 mph. Then 45 minutes of weights again tonight. Naked old guys at the gym are starting to freak me out a little bit. Weird, I hope I never get that way.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Rough Day

I was in a horrible mood after school today. I got nailed to a cross for the prep that I did a few weeks ago. It wasn't that the prep was bad, it was the fact that I filled the grading sheet out wrong! I had no idea what they wanted, so I filled it out like I thought I should.....wrong. So I was super pissed all day, but went to the gym and rocked out to Bloc Party (which might be my new favorite album) and all is well again. Just did a 45 min tempo ride tonight and 45 min of weights.

Aqualung:
Ahhh, it's ok. That's about all I can say. They're definitely in the same class as the Coldplay/Radiohead rippofs Athlete and Keane, but it's a descent album. Not one of my favorites. The Kings of Leon's new album Aha Shake Heartbreak has really grown on my recently, though, so maybe Aqualung will do the same. Doubtful. It does seem like all of the cool, new music is coming out of England right now.

Mike Davis will be back at Indiana next year. Bad move, again, by IU. The Hoosiers are going to be loaded with talent next year, but the man simply cannot coach. Whatever. I'm a UIC Flames fan anyway :)

Monday, March 21, 2005

Cavity preps and Aqualung



I cut my first modified Class I cavity prep today, similar to the one above, and it was an experience. The first few preps that I've cut have been horrible, thus far, but I borrowed some magnification from a friend and it made a world of difference. I'll be getting a pair of "loupes" as soon as I can scrounge up the $900! that they cost. I'll be sure to talk about my experiences at school on here: not much this week except a Histology test on Friday, so it's not a horrible week. I've enjoyed the off time and have read most of Middlesex: A Novel. Desce' read so far, but for some reason I can't get into the Greek story...

Got the new Aqualung album Strange & Beautiful
today. Haven't listened to the entire thing yet, but I'll update my impression tomorrow.
From Rolling Stone (even though they suck):

Matt Hales, the former child prodigy behind Aqualung, boasts major vocal, instrumental and compositional chops on his American debut, a combination of remixes and tracks from his two U.K. albums. Uniting Radiohead-ish British rock and symphonic pop in the masterly mold of Burt Bacharach, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, tenor Hales delivers keenly focused keyboard-based drama that blows away all pretenders trailing in Coldplay's wake. Garden State soundtrack fans, take note.

-BARRY WALTERS

Off day, my legs have felt terrible (even walking up stairs) all day, so I'm going to rest them tonight and get some sleep. I'm planning on doing a longer ride tomorrow and swimming 500 meters, so this is well deserved.

Knight on Davis: 'That's their problem'


Indiana is going to announce whether or not Mike Davis is going to be back next year, by Tuesday! Bob Knight is dead on, what a stud.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

My Girlfriend



Here's a picture taken of my girlfriend (we'll call her MGH) and I at last years Little 500 race, which she won. I wasn't quite as lucky, but it was still a lot of fun. We've been together for almost two years now and its been great. She puts up with my dental school induced mood swings, and is more supportive than a hernia trust. She's a Senior at IU and hopes to work in commercial real estate next year (I have no qualms with her becoming the sole breadwinner) I love her to death, and someday when I can scrounge up enough money to buy her a plastic ring, i might just ask her to marry me ;) So here's to you MGH keep working hard.

Bright Eyes is overrated

I just can't seem to get into the two Bright Eye's albums. They're ok, but Oberst seems a little too whinny and pissy for my taste. I do, however, think that Bloc Party owns, and if they're ever in Chicago, again, and I don't have a test the next morning (which is never, really) I'm going to go see those guys. Andrew Bird's new album is definitely rockin, as well. The lyrics are sharp and a few of the track are very, very good.... Check it out on the right if you haven't listened to it yet.

I've only been back at school for a week, and I'm totally not in the mood to put up with the 26 credit hours that we're lucky enough to take. Plus I've got some lab work kicking up, again, which I don't really mind (since I can listen to music/watch TV during) but if anyone ever reads this here's a little advice: don't, under any condition, go to dental school. Sure the job will kick ass someday, but the training sucks, and right now I'm in a little cubicle of hell. Ahh venting in a blog, pretty nerdy, heh?

I wanted to run a half marathon in the Suburbs today, but couldn't get up early enough. So, I ran 13.2 miles on the treadmill at my new gym: Lakeshore Athletic Club
My legs are sore as hell, but it was an experience. The weather has been pretty bleak here recently, so i'm looking forward to the spring.

Sounds like SXSW rocked. I was there three years ago, and didn't appreciate it enough at the time. Hopefully, someday, i can go back and check it out again.

More tomorrow, hopefully.

First posterino'

Well here is my first crack at a blog. Since they're everywhere, I thought I should write one of my own and chronical my trip through dental school, and my life in Chicago, Il. Little about me:

I'm a first year dental student at The University of Illinois - Chicago
I did my undergrad at Indiana University and rode bicycles for the majority of college. I listen to a lot of music and am currently into triathlons/running, etc... so hopefully this can be a part music/dentistry/triathlon training blog of sorts. Lets see how it goes.