Saturday, December 20, 2008

Post #1001

Hard to believe, but since starting this blog in August of 2006, I have written 1000 posts, making this #1001. For those who have been there from the start, thanks for your loyalty. For new arrivals, I hope you will visit often. For those who have arrived somewhere in between, or who have come and gone, or left and come back, thanks for gracing me with your time and attention.

Now, to the point of this post. Please meet Garry Dunster, night nurse in our Emergency Department, arriving yesterday to BIDMC in record time despite the snow and a few minor mishaps. Gary rides to work every day. (He reports: "My commute is 32 miles one way from Upton, if I'm on one night I'll ride both ways. If I'm on a couple of nights together, I'll make my big cycle in, then sleep at my mother-in-law's in Belmont before cycling home again on the last morning. I hope I can be an inspiration to a few others to give up the car and look for a greener alternative for the commute to work. Although the summer is perhaps the time to start!!!)

Regular readers know that I like to bike ride, too, but I have a firm belief in the importance of friction (between the wheels and the road), something sorely lacking in this weather. Maybe Gary has those special snow tires with embedded studs . . . .

8 comments:

Ken George said...

Congratulations on reaching this milestone! As you can so rightly attest, sustained blogging requires a lot of discipline. Many countless blogs fizzle out within a year. This achievement is a testament to your meddle as a blogger.

Here’s wishing you many more posts ahead. And of course plenty of Tweets and Utters thrown into the mix!

Paul Levy said...

I hope you mean "mettle"!

Ken George said...

Oops. Sorry.

Yes, by all means make that "mettle."

Obviously, phonetics never my strong suit. I could just have easily spelled it "metal."

Now off to remedial spelling class...

Paul Levy said...

Well, some others would have preferred the spelling you used.

Anonymous said...

Haha; that was a good Freudian slip!
Congrats to you Paul, I read many blogs on both health care and gardening and am constantly impressed by the dedication of these people.
As far as the ER nurse arriving in the snow by bike, I find that kind of ironic. Being married to an orthopod who took a lot of ER call; I try to avoid bikes, snow and ice, ladders, skateboards, other drivers, all large trucks which back up, etc. - he has at least one sickening horror story for every one.

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Toni Brayer MD said...

Congrats Paul, on your blogging milestone. I have sent many CEOs to your site and hoped they were inspired with your transparent leadership (hint, hint). Keep up the great writing.

Rhea said...

That bicyclist is amazing. I've met a few Bostonians who ride no matter what the weather. Hats, er, helmets off to them!

John said...

Congrats Paul on the 1000th post! I started blogging in 2005, but are nowhere near half of your posts.

Keep up the great and enjoyable writing! I had been following your blog since the Blogs of Note :)

You might be interested to know that the special snow tires are only seasonal. Running around with them on dry pavement will either wear down the studs or damage the tire or both. I'm sure you probably know that already :) I got the info from here.