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We Made It - Week 14

We made it! Well, almost. It's week 14 -- which means there's only one week left. This week and next week are finals. This week is mostly practical finals, but I have a few written as well. Acupuncture, the practical, was over the weekend. We also had the clinical entrance exam for physical therapeutics. We have to pass that exam, in order to progress to the clinic and treat (using those modalities). We were all pretty nervous -- because we're all anxious to get to clinic.

After next week, I'll be in Tri 8. Tri 8. (did you hear that sang angelically and see the beams of sunlight streaming down onto those two words?). They did. We've been talking about schedules and who will take what shift -- and how nervous some of us are. I'm not nervous -- at least that's what I'm telling everyone. I'm anxious to see what all we'll end up doing. What most people don't know is that any of the St Pete College and NUHS students can come to our clinic for free (and their immediate family too). We're really hoping that we see a lot of people -- that need all kinds of help. We do more than MSK -- just to let you know. I'm really hoping to get some functional medicine and nutrition patients as well.

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So, after the "festivities" of the next 2 weeks, we have break. Break (did you hear the angels again?). This will be the first break that I've actually had since Fall of 2012 -- not because we didn't have a break, but because I was so busy. I worked, moved, studied for boards, worked -- and now, I finally get a break. I'm so excited! What will I do? I am going to a festival, the first weekend of break -- and I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't been to one here in about 4 years. I'll be volunteering as a Medic (only requires CPR certification), and I always have an amazing time. I also still have Master's work to do (which starts back this week), and random stuff around the house -- projects, prospects, and purpose. I'm trying to stay focused on finals and studying, but the allure of "free time" is haunting the back of my mind.

So, I figured you all needed to see something new around the area, so I went to Gulfport. I don't know why I haven't taken you all to Gulfport before -- it's only a hop, skip, and a jump from my house. While most people spend their nightlife in Ybor in Tampa or in Downtown St Pete, I tend to go to Gulfport. My favorite karaoke bar (O'Maddy's) is there -- where on random weekend nights I might be found singing Pink, Bonnie Raitt, or Evanescence. Really, Downtown Gulfport feels like a really small town right on the beach. There are some little shops, open air bars/restaurants, and a beach. It reminds me of the little beach towns in movies from the 50's and 60's.

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Gulfport Casino

So, featured in the pictures today is the Gulfport Casino -- right at the center of Downtown Gulfport. Here's some history about it: Then And Now: The Gulfport Casino Ballroom. The Casino, as it stands now, was built in 1934 -- and architecturally it fits into the time -- beach-Craftsman era. They host all kinds of events there now -- including ballroom dancing. If you're in town -- before or after you come by the school, I recommend stopping by. And if you see me at karaoke, I might even sing you a song. I know that I'll be spending some time there over break. I'm really looking forward to it.

So, I'll see you guys after break. Good luck on finals. Enjoy the time. Next Tri means big, big things.

St Pete Beach Classic

How was everybody's weekend? Long weekends are magical. They never seem long enough, but at the same time get packed just enough so there's some downtime. This was just such a weekend. Friday night was out with friends. Saturday night was master's work and recovering from Friday night. 

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Sunday morning, I got up EARLY, and with a number of my fellow classmates, went and volunteered at the St. Pete Beach Classic. We had a blast! The runners hit our water stand both coming and going (since we were the first water stop). Some people were obviously there to win. Others were just there for fun. With nearly every person, I found myself diagnosing pathology: torticollis, pronation, arthritis, and scoliosis. Blame it on the day job -- at some point that's what happens. Of course, it was also obvious that whatever was going on with these runners, none of it was stopping anybody. Determination is the name of the game.

There were people running dressed up. One girl was wearing a tutu (girl after my own heart). And my absolute favorite was Mr. Incredible. I got to meet Mr. Incredible!!!!!!

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Our whole crew was amazing. We never missed a beat with the cheering and hand-offs. Runners were appreciative. For people who came out alarmingly early and stood out in the cold (I needed gloves!), we were all in great spirits. Andres had the best water/Gatorade handoff ever with the "lunge and reach," and Yussef was the world's fastest cup grabber -- rivaling a limber tennis ball boy. I'm hoping that I get to work another volunteer event with this crew.

This coming weekend in Tampa Bay is the Gasparilla Festival. Things always get a little bit crazy. It's one of those events where you might decide to go, just to say you went, but then never go again. Or maybe it's something you'll be hooked on for your entire stay here. You never know. But brace yourselves lads and lasses, we're about to be invaded by pirates!

Batten down the hatches, kids!

Have a great week!