DINNER: Thursday, July 31, 2003

Ah! The phone rang and I heard those wonderful words… "Wendy is coming home to pick you up. We’re meeting at Taj Mahal for dinner".

A bunch of us — Michelle, Debby, Jo, Julie, Wendy, and Drew — met at Taj Majal. I let our server pick for me and he picked (yawn) Lamb Masala. I was hoping for something more exotic and a bit further off what I normally get (Chicken Masala), but there’s always next time. The lamb was very good!

Wendy had chicken biryani, a batura, and a mango milkshake.

DINNER: Friday, August 1, 2003

Tonight we went to the lovely home of my boss, Dr. Lee, for an "end of rotation" party for our students who just ended their first clinical rotation.

The Lee’s cooked burgers ("boogers", as Mrs. Lee calls them), hot dogs, metts, and bratts on their new gas grill (with lifetime warranty!).

It was a nice night for a party, and the roads leading to the Lee’s driveway were fun… The road they live on is one of my favorites to drive FAST on.

Testing Day is Upon Me

One bright Monday morning, I went down to CSTCC to take my pre-admission math test.

I entered the cramped & hot (the air conditioner wasn’t working) testing lab and signed in at the front desk, and was told that I’d have to wait a little bit before I could go in because the testing lab was full at the moment.

Settling in to the uncomfortable chair, I waited and talked to the girl running the testing lab. She told me that I’d only have to take the math portion, and that the test was computer-based and performance-driven. Apparently, the worse I did on the test, the more questions it would ask me. If I did well on the harder questions, I’d have fewer of them to answer.

Fully expecting to be there for the rest of my life (I am no math wiz!), I entered the testing lab which was full of young students (they all look like babies to me) staring fixedly at their computer screens. Settling in to a desk by a window, I began the test.
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UNPLANNED System Downtime

We came back from vacation (stories & pictures to follow) to find that our network had been zapped. Probably by lightning.

Our ADSL modem was fried and the keyboard & PS2 port on the webserver — the new motherboard — has been fried. Now every time I boot up the server, it buzzes like crap. In addition to replacing the ADSL modem, I had to buy a new USB keyboard for the server. It works, but I cannot get into BIOS at the moment because the USB isn’t initialized during bootup. Ugh.

But at least the server is back up and running.

DINNER: Sunday, August 3, 2003

After a drive of approximately 10 hours (and one flat tire), Wendy, Ted, and I arrived in Charleston South Carolina for vacation. Wendy & Ted’s family would arrive on Monday and that’s when we get possession of our beach house as well.

So, Wendy, Ted, and I are in Charleston without a planned place to stay. After a quick drive out to the beach house — "just to find it" — we made our way back toward town to find a room (at a Sleep Inn) and a place to eat.

We ate at Gilligan’s Steamer and Raw Bar. I had my first (of several!) taste of She-Crab Soup, along with Crab Dip (for the table). My entree was Shrimp Scampi with a baked potato and corn on the cob. The She-Crab Soup was excellent — along the lines of a potato-less clam chowder, but more pure somehow. The flavors were bright and clear, and there were plenty of chunks of crab meat in the thick soup.

One of the best things about Gilligan’s is it’s friendly, lowcountry atmosphere. For example, the wooden tables have a hole in the middle which is fitted with a plastic bucket. Got some shells that need disposing? Toss ’em in the bucket!

After a leisurely dinner, we headed back to the frigid hotel room where I tuned into The Restaurant before we all fell asleep.

DINNER: Monday, August 4, 2003

Tonight, our first ‘official’ night in Charleston, Wendy’s parents (Art & Ginny) and long-time vacation buddies (Lou and Ginny) joined Wendy, Ted, and Drew as we ate at the Folly Beach Crab Shack, quite close to our beach house.

It’s a casual restaurant with outdoor seating (made tolerable by the fans and mist-ers strategically placed around the perimeter of the patio).

I enjoyed their STEAMED PLATTER, a giant plate of steamed seafood — mussels, clams, oysters, shrimp on top of sausage and potatos.

It was a lot of work, but the delicious fresh seafood compelled me to continue!