ndab Ah Yes, Medical School: Grasping At Straws

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Grasping At Straws

Let me begin by saying that I have absolutely no idea what the phrase "grasping at straws" means, other than that as far as I know, it is used in a literary to denote when someone is attempting to do something but is stuck in a futile cycle and cannot actually make any progress. I mean, was someone just sitting around one day, reaching for straws at a restaurant and not getting any, only to lower his head in shame and ponder on the great mystery of grasping for a straw? Who comes up with this shit? I have no idea. The important thing is that I stop rambling and make a point, because it's been about a month since I last made a point.

I have entered my 11th month of medical school, going on the longest school year I have ever experienced. But on the first week of the 11th month, an odd thing occurred to me. I was sitting in lecture and I discovered that I had absolutely no idea what day it was. Thursday? Friday? I have never felt so disoriented in my life, and you're reading something by a guy who said on his sister's bat mitzvah video "hey it's your sister here". From this initial moment of disorientation, I looked back on the last few months and realized the entire thing was a blur. I have been going through the motions for so long, but the added fatigue has clouded me up so much that I can't even keep track of basic things. Pretty soon I'm going to forget to put my pants on.

Anyways, maybe there really was no point to this at all, but I think that 11 months straight of school is a bit much for this guy, because I am pooped and I never even do any work in the first place so I can't imagine what other people in our class must be feeling like. Basically, I just feel like some schumck sitting at a restaurant trying to grasp at a straw but not being able to.

In other news, remember that average movie with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage called Face/Off? With that ridiculous premise about changing faces? Well. Enjoy.
Also, I would like to give a shout out to my fellow classmate David, who happened upon my blog and noticed that much of my writings concern him and his now 19 year old pursuits to get ass. He decided to start his own blog in my honor, and now I know what it must feel like to be a proud father. And yes ladies, he's still available. (As am I, but that's for another time)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

a little late, but straws i thought were barnyard straws, and they're flimsy, so when you grasp at straws, vs say a solid rock or something, you're grasping at nothing...meaning the reasons for whatever you're saying, your justification, is groundless

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always learnt and believed that grasping at straws stood for a drowning person, will even grasp at straws on the shore to save himself. I could be wrong, and I'm definitely reading too many grammar books!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok--it's sick to admit. . . but I loved this BLOG! I'm in Law School, so I too can appreciate much of the general "school suckiness" that you describe! Keep it coming! --LawGirl

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there, the phrase definately derives from the longer saying "a drowning man grasps at straws" which is to mean, if one is in the middle of a body of water, and desperate, a person would even grab for straw floating on the top of the water, knowing that it can't support them but the desperation to be saved means that the perso will try anything even something completely futile. Powerful concept eh

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