Saturday, June 27, 2009

Small Town Life

So for only the second time in my life I actually won something today. Little Big Horn Days is going on here ("celebration" of Custer's Last Stand) and one of the staple events is the bed races (more on that in a minute). Prior to the bed races there was a trivia contest where the M.C. called out questions and the first person to shout out the answers won a gift certificate to a local business. The first question was "what is the motto on the Montana state flag?" The answer is "Oro y Plata" meaning gold and silver. I shouted it out and was actually the first. The embarassing thing was that I had to go out in the middle of the street and give my name and pronouce the motto again. There I was in front of hundreds of people (several of whom are patients) trying not to embarass myself. I did fairly well and walked away with a gift card to Pamida. Kinda cool. Not really something that happens in bigger cities.
The best part of the evening was the bed races. I don't know how they got started or if it is something that is done anywhere else, but it is a heap of fun. The rules are that you have a bed on wheels, one person rides and two push the bed down the block turn around and come back. The beds are usually decorated and the pushers and riders dress up. The winner this year was from the local nursing home. Last year the boys pushing had a hard time because the scrub pants they were wearing kept falling down while they were trying to run. This year they only wore the scrubs for the "best in show" judging then stripped back down to their shorts and t-shirts in order to run. It worked much better that way. I highly recommend coming to visit out here just to see such silly small town entertainment. We have other things too, but this is one of my favorites. Photo credits to my cousin's husband.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Big Horn Canyon Adventure

Here are some photos of the Big Horn Canyon. Like I said, nothing will really do it justice. I highly recommend you see it for yourself if you have not. Also for anyone interested in geology this is better than the Grand Canyon because you can get right up close and personal with the rocks.This is a photo looking towards Yellowtail Dam. I think it is the third largest concrete hydroelectric dam in the country (I could be wrong, but that is what my brother told me). The water is quite high right now (5ft. above full).
This sort of gives you an idea of the geology.Here some cool spires on top of the canyon rim. It also looks cool in black and white. Still you need to see this in real life. It will knock your socks off.


It is a cool lazy Friday morning. I have the day off and my brother is smoking a beef brisket and pork butt (that's actually the shoulder of the pig). I wish I could convey smells through computers. I just can't describe the sweet, smoky, peppery smell of MEAT roasting. I am drooling already and it is still several hours from done. Here is how it looks inside the smoker. From left to right is pork butt, brisket tip, brisket flat. It looks even better when it comes out.
I am glad it is cool today since we all spent too much time in the sun yesterday. We (my mom, brother, friends, aunt, uncle, cousin and her husband and kids) spent the hottest day this week (>90) on a pontoon boat on the lake at Big Horn Canyon. I will post some photos later (after I touch them up a little), but they don't do it justice. Every time I am there I am amazed at God's handiwork. It doesn't matter how He did it or how long it took, it is still an amazing creation.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Getting started

So, it has been a slowish day on what my partner calls "Wild Child Day." It is actually "Well Child Day, " the day I see mostly well kids and give shots. Anyway, since I have everything done and signed off, I thought I might try starting this blog thing. I am not sure what I will post here. Probably not much about medicine since I can't share much. I live in a small town and even if I changed names and circumstances someone would still figure out who I was talking about. So even though this is titled "Adventures of a Country Doc," it will probably be more about my life outside of medicine. But, it is probably good for the rest of the world to realize that doctors do have lives that extend beyond their offices and their patients' lives. (I know that may be a surprise to some.) So stay tuned for further updates. I make no promises as to how often I will post, but I will try to make sure it stays interesting.