The CIA has a sense of Humor!

Funniest governtment personnell ad is for ?Lawyers? : Office of General Counsel – Who Would You Rather Work For?.

via The Volokh Conspiracy

The Examining Room of Dr. Charles

An excellent look at the family dynamics of, well, being the doctor in the family: The Examining Room of Dr. Charles.

…  While the first year of schooling typically qualifies the student to fulfill such tasks as pronouncing the names of illnesses, reliably identifying the branches of the brachial plexus, or spotting portal fibrosis of the liver under a microscope, there are still several quantum leaps left before a full-fledged diagnostician is made. In our mid-twenties, still playing video games and drinking beer, we lack the grey-haired, bespectacled air of seasoned wisdom. Still our families ask for advice, much to their own peril.

An excellent read.

2005: Year of the Air Conditoner

Nearly three years ago we bought our beautiful contemporary home, built in 1981.  It had original everything, including the mechanical systems, which were nearly up to the job three years ago.  Last year we really noticed that the AC struggled (valiantly) against the Texas heat and humidity, but it was an all day battle, with the units running nearly 24/7.  Oh, and the electric company noticed too, and billed us for it.  Owee.

Earlier this year we had the big unit replaced, and it has made a world of difference in our comfort (I’m waiting for the electric company to let us in on their take).  Today we start replacing the ‘little’ unit that cools the small side of the house, and we’re looking forward to it.  The company that did the first is doing the second, and they’re absolutely the most professional company I’ve ever hired.  I’d give them a plug, but as I pay full price for their work, I think they should buy an ad!  (Insert wry grin here).

So, I’ll be a tad busy supervising pros who don’t need my help but will get it anyway, and my posting may suffer for it.  The good news is that this should take care of the AC for about 20 years, and that makes me happy!

See?  There are things that make me happy.