Hey, like most personal web sites, this site is
still under construction, so none of these links work. But they
look good, so that's why there here. Don't try clicking on them
until we get a digital camera and can add some stuff, okay?
The first year of a medical residency, called internship, is
the most demanding and disliked year of a doctor's
career. A surgical intern at HUP is expected to work fourteen-hour days,
seven days a week, plus a full night of work every third night.
But the demanding schedule does not mean that there is a lot of
interesting work. Instead, at the bottom of the hospital
hierarchy, the intern is responsible for all the
tiresome, necessary busywork of keeping patients healthy when
they're in bed: she deals with paperwork, admissions
and discharges, routine tests, noncritical procedures, social workers,
hypochondriac relatives, and delusional patients who self-inflict
injuries. The surgical intern rarely picks up a knife. She is the first
to get paged, 24 hours a day, when the most trivial matter needs
attention; yet her own position in the hospital carries little
authority, and she must defer all her own opinions and queue all
her own orders behind others. And so the intern survives
without the comfort of the regular ebb and flow of a daily routine:
instead, life becomes defined by irregular sleep, relentless
interruptions, and endless waiting.
No wonder, then, it's cause for a little celebration when
internship is over. Heidi is finishing her internship today,
and she plans to take a night out. Perhaps see a movie for the
first time in 12 months; perhaps have a dinner out. But mostly,
it is time to get some uninterrupted sleep; wake up at an ordinary
hour; have a square meal or two; and enjoy regular life for little
For in a few days, the second year of residency begins.
Moving To A New Domain
In response to perceived customer demand, we're moving to a new,
simpler domain name, bau.to! That's right. Since .com,
.org, and .net were taken, we had to look elsewhere.
We landed at the Kingdom of Tonga, which has been granted the
catchy-sounding .to domain, conveniently administered by the
Reaction was mixed. "But it's just for our friends!" worried Heidi,
concerned about her privacy. "I don't want the whole world seeing our
pictures!" Some were not delighted about the unusual top-level domain
choice. "You want to get .com," suggested Eric Vasilik.
Bau.com is occupied by a German construction organization.
In contrast, Eric was able to claim Vasilik.com for himself.
"I'm lucky I have a really unusual name."
The new domain name is not online yet, but once it is, we will
be redirecting the old URL to this one.
Baby Name Choice
It looks like the baby's name is going to be David Anthony Bau. Heidi and David are planning to call him Anthony or Tony when he's little; he's sure to decide what he wants to be called by himself when he grows older.
Kevin is sure that Anthony is not too Italian. He says, "it's no more Italian than Kevin is Irish."
Is Kevin really Irish? We didn't know that.
Road Trip Underway
Paul is in New York, and Rachel in en route by bus. David suggested
the possibility of a discount airfaire ticket, but at $89, it was deemed
too steep compared to a bus ticket.
David and Heidi's assignment for the weekend before they arrive
in Philadelphia is to comparison-shop consumer guides for a list of
brands for baby furniture and stuff.