Hospitals are Yucky

So yesterday was the day I helped my friend with the outpatient procedure which was only supposed to take two hours and it turned into five hours. Yawn, boring, I really *hate* hanging around in hospitals trying to avoid seeing stuff I *don’t* want to see. To all of those people who work in hospitals, you are definitely special. I wouldn’t be able to handle a job like that. Even when one my profs suggested I could go to med school for free, I turned it down without a second thought. I’m way too empathetic.

Oh how I wished I could have brought my camera with me yesterday. You guys, I parked on the second floor of the parking garage – no biggy I thought. Until I saw the view – I was on a hill high enough to see the south end of the city and the trees were just glorious – the ice from a couple of days ago was thicker than the ice on my trees, and then there was snow on top of the ice. It would have made the most beautiful photo – I am serious – there were snowy trees as far as I could see and it was gorgeous! The problem is I didn’t want to cart the camera around with me inside. Even though it totally would have beat down my boredom by being able to take photos of things – and funky looking people.

After I read my book for two hours I started people watching. Oh my – women, I just have to say, must give up those five inch high heels, what the heck are they trying to prove with those? The ones I saw couldn’t walk on those things. Oh and the woman that checked my friend in was a tanning booth queen with a deep voice and totally fake rust colored hair and well I won’t go into the rest, let’s just say everything about her looked very fake.

On the way in security guards were opening the doors for us and I was quickly flipping through my brain to see if I had remembered hearing that we would have to go through a search and metal detector or something like the airport or court house. Nope, it turns out they were making a film inside the hospital. That was annoying getting around all of those people. I hope I’m not in it. I kept my hat on while they were there – only I can see you – you can’t see me, hee hee (that’s what I was thinking about the camera people).

And they gave me this pager thing like you get at a burger joint to let me know when the procedure was done – but they set it on flashing lights only instead of lights and vibrate, so I had to keep checking the thing. I’d rather have it scare the stuffing out of me and have it vibrate than to have to watch it the whole time.

I’d much rather have been outside taking photos and watching ducks, like I did the other day at a pond down the road from my parents’ home:

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I ended up the day seeing a beautiful sunset tonight, but by the time I was able to get outside to capture it, it was gone. Note to self: making dinner is not as important as capturing a great photo, no matter how hungry I am.

P.S. Susan Gets Native – yup, my friend got to take home photos from the test – g-r-o-s-s!!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 17:59:02

    I never go anywhere without my little camera. Have you noticed I have postings from the town hall and the library? So nice of you to go with your friend.
    The movement in this shot is great.It looks like water ballet!


  2. Mary
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 18:17:30

    People working in hospitals really do deserve kudos. It’s not for me – it’s for others with strong stomachs and the sheer desire to be there.

    You were people watching and didn’t have your camera???? I’d love to sit on the boardwalk at Ocean City, MD and snap away. Or even at the mall! Oh, boy, the stories I could make up! You are so funny, has anyone told you so? The things we do for a good photo… Dinner? What Dinner? Oh, it’s time for dinner…


  3. Pam
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 18:19:27

    Sandy – You’re right, that’s what I need – a little camera. I borrowed my parents’ little camera for an event, and it was the best thing since sliced bread. The photos turned out decent, too! Yes, I remember your town hall and library postings.
    Those ducks do look like they’re into water ballet!


  4. Pam
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 18:30:04

    Mary – oh, you’re so right about strong stomachs – that’s where my problem is – everything I see and smell that’s gross hits me right in the gut. I even can’t stand anyone throwing up or making noises like they’re going to.
    Can you believe I didn’t have my camera – I could have gotten so many good shots, oh my. Some people don’t look like people anymore – like miss fakey and miss high heels ‘I can’t take steps larger than two inches else I may fall on my hiney.’ I thought something was wrong with her until I saw the heels.
    The mall, oh yes, or college, as you know, or the gym. I posted about the guy whose pants fell down at the gym and he kept working out like everything was normal. Didn’t he feel a breeze? I think I would!
    I can crack my friends up in person, I don’t totally have the knack of writing it like you do – yet!
    Yeah, dinner, what dinner, as I’m fading from starvation — I – have – to – get – one – more – photo – for – my – blog – else – I’ll – have – nothing – to – post . . .


  5. Mon@rch
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 19:56:43

    I try to take one of my cameras with me everywhere but the again it is always those times that I don’t have it with me that I see something cool!


  6. Pam
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 20:21:27

    Mon@rch – yeah, I could carry my camera all over creation with me and not see anything I want to photograph, and the minute I don’t have it, bam, something great pops up! I’ll try to bring it with me from now on!


  7. Susan Gets Native
    Jan 18, 2007 @ 22:31:02

    I bought a purse big enough to fit my camera and bins in.
    Grab those photos from your friend so we can see!

    I always get excited when I see a “mutt” duck/hybrid. You never know…you might get a cool rare bird.

    Thanks again for your help with WordPress…Flickr may be the answer (see my “old” blog)


  8. Pam
    Jan 19, 2007 @ 09:16:15

    Susan – yes its the purse that’s the problem – I have a tiny purse and if I need to pack more stuff I use my backpack.
    Can you imagine seeing colon photos coming up on my blog? The thing is the doctor gets so excited about them. He send my friend a letter once and there was a colon photo in the corner. Yuck-o!
    I get excited about these birds, too! Because like you say you never know if somebody really cool stopped by just at the moment I did – uh huh!
    I sent you an invitation so we can be Flickr friends! Now you get to view all of my photos marked for my friends to see – ohh, I know, whoopty doo!


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