I've now hit the 1/3 Mark

Trip Start Sep 14, 2008
Trip End Nov 01, 2008

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

So I've hit the 1/3 mark for my internship. My 120 hour evaluation is on the way to my instructor, and in one month I will be on my way home! Things are going quite well... my preceptor is probably one of the best medics I've ever worked beside. He really knows his stuff.

I'm going to have to ship back half the crap I've bought here... I've been trying to keep busy on my downtown, so I go to WalMart and dig through their cheap bin for movies... I bought a season of NCIS to watch in my down time - not that I get much of it when I'm on duty.

We switched to Class B uniforms (their Class A) last shift. I've been getting noticed more and more because I have my state of Alaska EMT III Patch on, which is considerably more noticeable than the Texas one. So far three of my patients have commented on it. Every single one asked me how I like the heat down here. Of course, I get that every time someone asks me where I'm from and I tell them. I'm thinking of just starting to tell people I'm from Occupied Canada just to see the confused look on their faces.

As I may have mentioned earlier, I came to Texas with certain preconceptions. There's a certain image that comes to mind when you think of Texas - a bunch of slack-jawed yokels sitting on their front porch, pickin their banjo while their kid sits on the ground whittling a piece of wood into some sort of impliment for 'gigging' cat fish (from what I gather, that's their term for sticking their hand in a hole and waiting for a catfish to bite it so they can yank it up). Well let me tell you something about stereotypes, people...

They're ALL true.

Sure, in Houston people are pretty standard - they drive expensive cars, live in really nice houses.... but you get even 1 mile outside of the suburbs and nice split-level homes give way to trailers, pickup trucks and Ma and Pa Cleetus. Get mah good teeth, maw, them thar amb'lance peoples is here!

It's not a bad thing, seriously. Texas does have it's own culture - just like any other state. Houston is actually a lot more 'chic' than I expected. The Woodlands is one of the nicest areas I've ever been in... every business right down to Denny's and McDonald's has to be built to a certain architectural standard and their signs are made of marble or other nice stonework. It's not your typical restaurants. One of the McDonald's I went into actually had a lounge - I'll try and get pictures of it, but I don't want to look like a tourist.

I find myself enjoying Texas more than I thought I would... of course I would never move here, as so many of my friends and family are worred about. Even though $45,000 a year down here would let me live like a high-end slope worker back home... I love Alaska too much to leave it for a long time.
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toddnrachel on

You bettuh nawt!
You bettuh nawt move down thar, you freackin' red-neck!
I'll jus' have ta come down thar and hand you's a can of whoop ahs.

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