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17 July 2008 @ 12:24 am
not waving but  
I rode a bus!

The end.


I met up with some of my less crazy friends, saw my apartment for next term - it overlooks the river, so hopefully no noisy people will smoke under my window! Medical students need their quiet time! - and sat in a library discussing teenyboppers performing sexual favours on each other at Oxegen. (Not my story: I didn't go to Oxegen, but I'm seriously contemplating trying to get to England for a FOB concert in October. Flights to Birmingham are apparently 0 euro with 5 euro tax? HMM.) Said library conclave was supposed to be about the USMLEs but. Wasn't. Incidentally, I am SO SICK of hearing how insane my American residency plan is that I'm not telling anyone any more. Except on here. Apparently it's okay to want to go to Africa on Surgeon Noonan, where they probably have NO TOILETS and, also, guerillas, but not to California, where good people go when they die. WELL FUCK YOU, EVERYONE I KNOW. It's my dream. It's not a terribly rational dream and doesn't involve red hills or people having dinner. I also might hate America - I'm not stupid. But it's MY DREAM and I know Americans who don't grovel at the altar of Bush and all he stands for, so I'm also getting pretty tired of hearing that all Americans are 'stupid', 'love Bush' and 'think the outside world doesn't exist.' I KNOW MORE AMERICANS THAN ALL OF YOU PUT TOGETHER, SO THERE.

Coda to the epilogue:

ME: daddaddad, remember the Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging book you bought when I was fourteen -
DAD: I bought you that when you were FOURTEEN?
MUM: There's a film coming out, you know. I heard it on the radio.
ME: I know. But look, I bought the new book! I'm going to save it as a reward for after my exam. But I had to break my non-new-book-buying rule. Isn’t that tragic?
DAD: We knew you would.
MUM: We had a bet on.
ME: ...

DAD: If you really loved me you'd let me sleep in the warm spot. Love is!
MUM: Feck. Off.
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: i am trying to break your heart (wilco)
Gin: Doesn't even need Botox to look blank.backinblack on July 17th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
Where are you planning to go in the US? I figure if you go to a bigger medical school, it'll be REALLY LIBERAL in the surrounding areas. Seriously.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: socksscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
Well by then, please god, I will be finished with all medical schools. Unless we're talking post-grad. Let's not.

My plan is to try get California. The problem is I want California, not 'John Hopkins because of the fantastic dermatology programme!' I'm at least half leaning towards histopathology because it's 9-5 and hardly anyone else wants it.

QUESTION: how do you survive with the VAT thing? Does everyone carry calculators when they shop, or are you taught from birth how to divide by 11%? Because I would find this HARD, no lie.
OkyDokyokydoky on July 17th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
OMG I am going to that FOB concert in Birmingham in October. How coincidental! lol
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: frangipaniscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
OMG I so want to, but I totally fail at organisation. *goes to googlefu things*
Rose Wood: movie dreamers [trio] judgingrozillla on July 17th, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Haha, I'm glad you're backing up us Americans because I do find it quite ridiculous that outsiders are in this mind set where we all are a bunch of Bush loving honkeys. Utter rubbish.

Honestly, I grew up in California and miss it terribly. But it's like when you live somewhere you're whole life, you get bored of your surroundings, even if you live somewhere really awesome. I used to hate it and thought it was boring.. then I moved to an even more boring area and I wished I could go back ever since. :-P
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Audrey Hepburnscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I try, I do, but I swear to god people steam-roll me. I hope Obama gets elected if only so they can stop using that excuse - although I'm not terribly gone on his (apparently) anti-abortion stance.

I've never had that because I've never lived in one place for more than five years! But there's so much of America I want to see, and so little of anywhere else. It's unfair of other people to just expect me to want what they want.
someone's always looking for DB Cooper: i blame newtonnumena on July 17th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
I swear on everything I hold dear (chocolate, slash, the internet, shoes) that we really, really don't adore Bush and all he stands for.

Where are you going in California? (Say San Fransisco, say San Fransisco. What? It's the best part of California.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty shoesscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
I know! I'd say the majority of my flist is American - that's maybe 300 people who are all about Obama. And where there's 300 there'll be more.

(I was thinking of LA, but eventually I plan on somehow living in one of those SF houses the colour of pastel ice-cream. What? They're on TV all the time.)
Coffeejunkii: nancy: things that make you hmmm (by lafcoffeejunkii on July 17th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
I am SO SICK of hearing how insane my American residency plan is that I'm not telling anyone any more.

oh, did i ever hear that when i talked about going to study abroad in the u.s. and where do i live now? YEAH. not in europe, that's for sure :P

you just have to stick by your dreams!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: sunflowerscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
The only thing that really worries me - aside from passing this mothereffing exam - is getting a green card. I've heard that's hard (and also that they're pink).

I plan to, just - silently. :D
queen of painn_isfor_neville on July 17th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Plenty of us Americans think Bush is an idiot. I certainly didn't vote for him! :)

I think a lot of California is more liberal, and I'm sure you'd enjoy it, if that is where you choose to go.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: butterfly bookscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
I know that. YOU know that. Guess who doesn't? *eyes of rage*

Heh, I'm a white, nomininally Christian chick. I'm pretty sure I'd even survive the Bible Belt, provided I pretended to be Anglican. :P
queen of painn_isfor_neville on July 17th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
haha, I live in the Bible Belt, in a small, mostly conservative town. It's not like it makes any difference in how I live my life. People just look at me like I'm a Satanist if I tell them that I'm Agnostic. :)
Jain: brokeback mountainjain on July 17th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
I'm also getting pretty tired of hearing that all Americans are 'stupid', 'love Bush' and 'think the outside world doesn't exist.'

In the 2004 election, 60,226,943 of us voted for a candidate other than Bush. I get frustrated sometimes when people don't keep in mind how very close the election was, and how many millions of us were bitterly disappointed by the result.

Which isn't to say that American politics doesn't have a host of problems, foremost among them 1) the lack of a real political left on the national level--although parties such as the Green party and Socialist party do have a fair amount of representation on the local level in some places; and 2) sixty-two million Americans did vote for Bush in the 2004 election. But it certainly isn't as bleak as the people you've been talking to have painted it (as you already know, but I figure a little extra reassurance doesn't hurt).
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: deerscoradh on July 17th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of struck dumb when people come up with these facile arguments. One of my mates was like: I went to America for the summer; I didn't like it; ergo, neither will you. I can never come up with decent ripostes at the time. (A common failing, I'm sure!) So I'm left to stew for hours and days afterwards.

But I would just like it noted that, for all George Bush's myriad failings, and war-mongering, and complete failure to grasp the English language - I have never heard of him STEALING TAX PAYERS' MONEY TO BUY HIS MISTRESS A HOUSE. Which our dear leader of TEN YEARS did, and got away with, and is still getting away with. The only reason Ireland hasn't started any wars is because we're too small to drum up a real army, not for lack of cunning and nastiness in our politicians.
bare_memabonwitch on July 18th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
LOL. Well, if you do make it over here- to the U.S. or to California specifically, you should see if you can find one of the collections that have what are known by the American Left as "Bushisms". As in, "complete failure to grasp the English language", only in card, book, and even magnet format.

To me, the comment about going to America for the summer is a bit like a conversation I overheard.

R: You're from LA, really?
S: Yeah.
R: I have a friend from LA, her name's Christine. Do you know her?
S: Um, no.
[R leaves, S turns to the person next to her]
S: She does know, right, that there are, like, *9 million people* in LA?!

How do Europe and the U.S. compare for size? Because what you get depends on where you go. Although, the culturally oblivious thing is sorta true.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty headscoradh on July 18th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
You can get those here too, on posters. :D My all time favourite is still 'the French have no word for entrepreneur', though.

According to my friends who did J1, that is actually something they got quite a lot.
Wow, you're Irish!
You must know the McCarthys from Donegal.
I'm from Cork.
Is that near Donegal?

Then again, more 'Irish' people live in the US than anywhere else. Including Ireland.

Ireland is tiny. 4 million people. No matter where you go you're still in the same place.
argenterieargenterie4 on July 17th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
Just popping in to say: I'm American, a medical student, and I'm for Obama & super-liberal. I hate Bush. We are very common, do not fear coming here :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: snowy owlscoradh on July 18th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I don't! (Everyone else, though...) Aside from the VAT calculation, it sounds awesome.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: monkeyscoradh on July 18th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
My flatmate for a while was from Seattle! She did, however, support Bush, but it was interesting to hear it from a rational sort of person.
clearthetape on July 22nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
a fanfic lurker turned immigration process advice giver
Don't know how much you know about the American residency process (or "immigration process" as it's called here. Americans like to think of outsiders as immigrants instead of residents. Being referred to as a "resident" is equivalent to "permanent resident" (a Green Card)), but it'll probably be easiest to get your H1-B after a few years of experience practicing medicine in your own country.

I don't think residencies for medical schools count as experience either (I know post-docs for Ph.Ds don't count, so it seems equivalent).
Anyway, best of luck! There are less people in Ireland than India or China, so the quota system won't hurt you.

(I hope that wasn't all babble that you didn't understand.)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Pretty shoesscoradh on July 22nd, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: a fanfic lurker turned immigration process advice giver
but it'll probably be easiest to get your H1-B after a few years of experience practicing medicine in your own country.

Huh, at this point it seems not only easier but necessary. This USMLE thing is turning into a giant failboat. 56% average - I'll be lucky if I even pass. *bitterbitterbitter*

I also have excellent English skills, lol. :D (Except for the lol part, but I don't usually go around saying, 'That was so funny, laugh out loud!' So.)