Because Steve is hilarious like that, he met with a (female) surgeon yesterday to talk about Lily's future.
Steve: "She needs a lot of regimentation. Is that compatible with being a surgeon?"
Surgeon: "She could be a military surgeon."
Steve: "Yeah, they're never on the front lines!"
Surgeon: "Actually, we've been able to boost survival recently by putting special teams of them on the front lines."
Steve: "Oh. Well, if she was a regular surgeon, would she be, like, the only girl there? Those Gray's Anatomy male-female ratios can't be right, can they?"
Surgeon: [shrugs] "Actually, I think Seattle may be just like that. Maybe the interns don't sleep with the attendings in real life. Or I dunno. Maybe they do. It's Seattle."
Steve: "So you didn't train in Seattle?"
Surgeon: "I was in the South. Only female in the program. For some reason, it seemed like it would be better to do it that way."
Steve: "To help ensure a social life because of all the guys at work?"
Surgeon: "No, there's no time for a social life. Not until you're in your like, mid-thirties."
Steve: "That's OK. Lily probably won't have very good socializing skills anyway. I mean... she's only four. And we like her. But even at four you can tell what someone's talents are. Comprehending the... niceties... of social behavior is probably not Lily's talent." [She may have a future in cutting up bunnies, though! See the Nurse Jackie link two posts ago.]
Surgeon: "I've got a 16 month old. I totally know what you mean."
Steve: "So you had enough time to have a big enough social life to have a baby, at least!"
Surgeon: "Absolutely. Just not until later than normal humans."
Thus, in honor of Lily's future career as a front-lines surgeon, here is her videotape audition for military kindergarten:
Just kidding about the military kindergarten. I don't think they have those. (Do they?)
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