Category General Practice

Podcast #57 A Day in Los Angeles

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

I got up at seven thirty. Something woke me, maybe a helicopter. God knows, there are enough of them. I made some hot cereal. Had that with a cup of decaffeinated coffee. I’m not supposed to have caffeine. I ate watching the news on TV. There was nothing really new. Terror attacks. Climate change. The […] Read More

Podcast #55 Picking Olives

 Published in the category General Practice, Special Activities

Recently my wife and I went olive picking. The olive farm belongs to a colleague of my wife. We drove up on a Friday night from Los Angeles to the town of Paso Robles. The next morning we had a big breakfast. We knew we would need lots of energy. The olive farm was ten […] Read More

Podcast #53 A Camping Trip

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I just came back from a camping trip. We traveled over 2500 miles. We bought a new tent for the trip. We had reservations for most of the campsites. Our trip took us through the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. More specifically, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Mount Ranier was our favorite […] Read More

Podcast #51 Fear of Flying

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

Yesterday an Air France airplane disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean. It was flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. There were severe storms along the flight path. Automated messages reported damage to the electrical system. Today they spotted debris and jet fuel off the coast of Brazil. The 228 people aboard are presumed to have […] Read More

Podcast #50 University Lectures and Classrooms

 Published in the category Education, General Practice

Does it make sense to have students attend lectures? A lecturer can make his presentation before a camera. The lecture can be distributed live via the Internet. It can also be made available on demand. Thousands can view the lecture around the world. What is the advantage of having a live audience? Let’s take this […] Read More

Podcast #49 Spelling Clearly

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

C as in cat H as in happy U as in uncle N as in Nebraska G as in George E as in every S as in Samuel L as in long A as in after L as in long O as in other U as in under D as in David A as in […] Read More

Podcast #47 Disagreeing

 Published in the category Communicating, General Practice

I can’t really agree with that. I can’t go along with that. I don’t see quite eye-to-eye with you on this. I have a slightly different take on this issue. I have to disagree with you on that. I have to disagree with you. That’s not how I see it. That’s a good idea, but […] Read More

Podcast #46 Visit to Costa Rica

 Published in the category General Practice, Travel

My wife and I recently made a trip to Costa Rica. We traveled in a group for the first time in 40 years. Luckily everyone in the group got along with one another. We spent a good deal of time in the rain forests. Parts of Costa Rica get 20 or more feet of rain […] Read More

Podcast #43 Looking for a Job

 Published in the category Employment, General Practice

Conversation between William and Andrew. W: Hey, Andrew, how have you been? A: To tell the truth, not great. I lost my job four months ago and I’m looking for work. W: I’m sorry to hear that. What happened? A: My company laid off about 20% of its employees. W: How are you doing with […] Read More

Podcast #41 A Family

 Published in the category General Practice, Life in the USA

My family is pretty much average sized. I’ve got one brother and one sister. They are both married and I am single. My brother Frank is the eldest and I am the youngest. He has had a fairly successful life. He’s an executive in a solid company and makes a good living. His wife has […] Read More

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