Halftime: USAF Honor Guard

Tonight I and the son went to a Dallas Mavericks game. We took the train and had a good time. I am not a basketball fan, but he is, so it was well worth it, and I enjoyed my one basketball game this year. The game went well (Dallas won over New Orleans) and we had good seats.

The unexpected thing happened at half-time. The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team performed for about 10 minutes to a hushed and very appreciative audience. This team is one which performs a marching and rifle drill at close quarters, and it was terrific. The crowd was enthusiastic, and we’d clap and cheer, then become silent to hear the click and snap of hands on weapons in unison, with the sharp taps of heels on hardwood. When they were done an appreciative audience chanted “USA, USA…” and applauded thunderously. To me, it felt like an audience who couldn’t express their admiration to the troops in Iraq used this opportunity to unload their appreciation on these airmen. It was so good many didn’t leave to get their halftime refreshments until their performance was over. Really.

There was a lot of troop support in the American Airlines Center, and thanks to the USAF Honor Guard for a terrific halftime.

Rangel MD en espanol

RangelMD, a very thoughtful medical blog, has had quite a significant change of format. No, not that, he’s bilingual (at least) and has decided to shift his blog to Spanish, to increase the number of medical blogs in Spanish. So, if you read Spanish and have always wanted to read a medical blog, go there!

I’m going to indicate his blog is in Spanish in my link bar, and I hope his format change brings the happiness he desires. And that he double-enters in English.

Update: It occurs to me that this may have been an April Fool’s joke. As he hasn’t posted today, in either language, time will tell.

Update II: April 3rd, and not letting me off the hook. Aaargh.

NBC in a Forward Hospital

MSNBC has a article from a forward Army CASH (Combat Army Surgical Hospital). Medical coverage is always fairly bland, short on facts due to patient confidentiality concerns and the inevitable compromises that access to privileged information entails. Add to that the wartime inability to tell the ‘who, where, when’ and what you get is what’s left: emotion and generalities. But it’s still worth reading.

a Marine arrived, beyond help. Other marines are brought in. The word is they started out as victims of an accident and then were ambushed while in the ambulance on their way to the hospital.
But by the twisted logic of this war, the Marine?s Iraqi attackers are not far behind. From enemy to POWs to patients, Marines say 12 hours earlier these Iraqis were shooting at them.
?This is war,? says one medic. ?They come to the same place to be patched up. It?s kind of like a time out.?
It?s an old saying about war: Rule number one is people die. Rule number two is that doctors can?t change rule number one.

There hasn’t been much reporting of the excellent military medical system, and that’s too bad. They have a very tough job and they do it well.