What's my story?
|Hey, thanks for asking. I built this website because UCLA gives students some server space to do so. I figured, why not? So, I'm learning HaTeMaiL at a comfortable clip. It beats being bored.|
|I'm 33 years old and a senior at UCLA School of Dentistry. Before dental school, I was at various times a mechanic, child prodigy, nihilistic misanthrope, graphic artist, angry punk, molecular biologist, skirt-chasing drunk, fiberglass fabricator, pontificating jackass, all kinds of stuff. I took a long winding road to dental school, and I have few regrets. From the Buddhist perspective, I must still be a teeny bit of each of those things.|
|I enjoy dentistry because it is art. Everything I do in a patient's mouth is a handmade prototype- dentists don't install 'off-the-shelf' parts, because there are none. Each restoration is a one-off piece of work- it bears testament of my skill (or lack thereof) to everyone who sees it.|
|Because of my previous lab experience I applied for a clinical research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. So, I've taken a year off from UCLA, and come to NIH to learn about clinical research. I'm digging it, but I also want to go home and finish earning my degree.|
|I was born to live until I die. To paraphrase Thoreau, it would suck to be dying and to realize that you hadn't lived. That's not going to happen to me. So far, I have:|
|I didn't make that list to brag- a lot of those things aren't exactly bragging material. My point is this: life is too short not to be living it. I will die with no regrets, even if it's today. Thanks, and please sign the guestbook.|