The Sunday Best (2/19/2017)
The Sunday Best is a collection of a handful of posts I share with you each week. With so many informative and inspirational writers out there, I have no trouble coming up with a number of worthwhile reads each week.
Every featured post should be of interest to any physician seeking financial independence. Some will be written by your physician colleagues; others will be written by our friends and patients who share common goals and interests.
Presenting, this week’s Sunday Best:
For better or worse, a most effective learning tool is readily available to every one of us — our own mistakes. Sharing more than a few of his own, multimillionaire Mr. Tako implores you to Always Be Making Mistakes.
Burnout expert Dr. Dike Drummond @ Happy MD borrows a couple quotes from Albert in Physician Burnout – how did Einstein get to be such an expert?
You know my opinion of MOC. Anesthesiologist Karen Sibert, MD of A Penned Point shares hers. The Boards Have Exceeded Their Bounds.
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Around the World in 13 Days
Some twelve and a half years ago, I was an anesthesia resident with two weeks of vacation and one week of CME time per year. I decided to take two thirds of my annual time off in one epic trip.
The itinerary wasn’t around-the-world epic, but I was planning to fly across the country to the ASA annual meeting in Las Vegas, which seemed practically halfway to Japan, and I just happened to have a good buddy living in Osaka. I booked a flight to the far east, with an extended layover in Sin City on the way back.
I had 13 days off and a $1,300 plane ticket. I arrived at the airport with my overstuffed luggage, stoked to embark on the most ambitious trip of my 28 years.
I was ready; the plane wasn’t.
A two-hour delay meant I would miss my connection to Osaka. The airline gave me the “I’m sorry, but you’ll be arriving a day later” line and I came back with “No.”
Eventually, I was rebooked, with part of the trip on a competing airline, and was scheduled to reach my final destination only a few hours later. Instead of Chicago, I was headed to Detroit for the first leg.
A Detour in Detroit
My inauspicious start was met with more turbulence in the motor city. “Flight 666 to Osaka is overbooked. We are looking for volunteers to delay their departure in exchange for a travel voucher of $750.” I made up the flight number, but not the voucher balance. Did somebody say Free travel?
The next flight to Osaka would get me there about 6 hours later than originally planned. Also, I would be heading east, and not west, and have an extended layover in Amsterdam.
It was Sunday morning in Holland, but I wasted no time at the airport. I found a locker for my luggage and headed out into the city. In three hours, I saw the canals, the many bicycles, a museum, this most colorful apartment building, and some ladies in windows with red curtains that appeared to be selling something.
Japan was a wondrous, crowded place where a Scandinavian towers over the populace. Thanks to Typhoon Tokage, it was a wet week, but we made the most of it.
This isn’t a travel blog — at least not yet — so I’ll move on after one last picture of me in front of one of many vending machines, some of which sell beer, that dotted the streets of Osaka. I traveled on to Las Vegas, had a great conference, and returned home having completed the round-the world trip 67 days faster than Phileas Fogg.
This week, I’m not working, but I won’t venture far from home. It’s my turn to play Mr. Mom (Dr. Mom?) while my wife is away to play on the beaches of Punta Cana with the gals in her extended family.
Gentlemen, if you haven’t done this, I highly recommend taking a solo week to connect more intimately with your kids and fully appreciate all that goes into running a household. I also highly recommend not making any sort of comment to the effect that it was easier than you thought it would be when she returns. I made that mistake. Once.
Have a great week!
-Physician on FIRE
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