What Are Some Unique Ways to Transform A Garage?

Remodeling your garage door into a spare room or office is old hat. If you don’t need your garage to park your cars or store your sporting or gardening equipment, you can get as creative as you want. When you think about it, outside of the space required to store a vehicle, the garage represents an underutilized area of the home. Many garages are not only larger in square footage then the living areas, but they also have taller ceilings. Here are a few bizarre things you can turn your garage into that just might add a bit more to your life.

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How much does a Retirement Community Cost?

When planning for retirement, the choices can be overwhelming. Mostly because you have to make a prediction on how to handle the unpredictable when it comes to the cost of care that will change as you age. The three main options are to stay entirely independent in your own home, buy into a 55+community, or move into a combination independent/assisted living community.Read More

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What Are The Weirdest Foreign Toilets?

Notice the title is weirdest foreign toilets, not weirdest foreign objects found in toilets. So, if you were able to flush a flaming arrow, a pound of salami, a pair of socks or eight miniature model cars, you won’t find a celebration for your efforts here. Good for you, but that is not what we will discuss in this article. We are going to take a virtual world tour, travelling the globe in search of strange, unusual and even uncommon varieties of commodes.Read More

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Why Men Hide Out in the Bathroom

Almost everyone has a favorite place to relax and unwind after a long day or an even longer night. Perhaps an individual loves to sit quietly outside under the sun or stars and enjoy a bit of nature. Someone else may prefer to head for the beach and, under a colorful sun umbrella, fall asleep to the sound of playful seagulls. Read More

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Should I Be a Doctor?

Question:  As I look at various career choices, I am wondering, “Should I Be a Doctor?”.  I am currently a freshmen in college and tend to excel in
should i become a doctor
Should I Become A Doctor?

the sciences and, obviously, doctors tend to make a lot of money so this is why I am wondering if I should become a doctor.  It seems like a good career path for me.  What do you think? 
Thanks, Frank, Toldeo, Ohio

Answer:  Is Becoming a Doctor a Good Career Choice for You?

Frank, first of all, that is a great question and one that many in your sitatuion are facing.  Students who think that they should become doctors usually consider this for one of two reasons, one of which is good and the other which should give you pause.

The first reason that many people considering becoming a doctor is the need or desire to help people.  If this is the case with you, if you want to become a doctor to help people, then this is a very good reason to consider becoming a doctor.

The other valid, if misinformed and misdirected, reason to want to become a doctor, is money.  True, right now, doctors still tend to do very well financially.  However, times have changed and continue to change and it’s quite possible that doctors salaries will continue to be challenged by the changes in the healthcare system and how healthcare is paid for.

In fact, even today, you will read stories of doctors who could not sustain their business due to inflated medical malpractice insurance. 

Plus, if your only reason for becoming a doctor is to make money, you probably will not deliver great patient care because, to you, your patients will try your patience–they just represent dollars and cents to you!  

The country needs great doctors who care for patients and do not treat them as disposable objects.

Finally, we should note that these to reasons for becoming a doctor are not mutually exclusive.  We know several doctors who became doctors to help people and earned a lot of money in the process.  Earning lots of money is certainly not a crime, and can be good reason to choose a career, but if it is not accompanied by other reasons, you will often fall short of achieving a satisfactory life. 

Remember, when pondering whether you should become a doctor, it takes an immense amount of time (as you see below) and if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, you are unlikely to become a good doctor.

Becoming a Doctor Takes Time, Intelligence, and Money

After you investigate the reasons for becoming a doctor above, there is still much more to consider:  time, intelligence, and money.

While you are in college, the choice of a career may seem daunting at times but it’s certainly easier to make the choice than to realize it.  The choice to become a doctor is an easy one.  The reality of becoming a doctor is many years in the making–it takes lots of time!  And, of course, if you choose to specialize, it can take even more time. 

Let’s just look at the facts of the time involved in becoming a doctor.  First, you need to get your undergraduate degree.  Though you can major in anything that you want, you will need to take the necessary prerequisite classes that are required to enter medical school.  That said, most doctors get their undergraduate degree in the sciences.  That will take 4 to 5 years.  Then, there’s medical school which will consume another 4 years of your life.  Finally, you have to endure residency, which will take another 4 years of your life, at which time you are not beng paid much and you are working at a “feverish” pace.  During medical school and residency, you will not have a whole lot of time to enjoy much of a social life.  The bottom line is this:  You will be dedicating at least 11 years to become a basic doctor and several more to specialize.

Thus, while it is relatively easy to make the choice to become a doctor, the pursuit and actualization of the choice is more than a decade in the making.

Next, when you are considering whether to become a doctor, you need to ask yourself, honestly, if you have the intelligence to become a doctor.  Do you fare well on exams?  Do you have the intellectually capacity and energy to go through these 11 years, being tested at every stage of the game.  Only you can answer this, but it is a question that is not unimportant.  If you can’t make it through some of the exams, you may find yourself middway through the process, having spent mountains of money, only to find that you cannot make it through the later stages of the process.

Finally, let’s talk about the money, the misguided reason that some people choose to become a doctor.  It is true–doctors do make good money, but not for a long time.  There is the age old story of the truck driver vs the doctor:  The truck driver, who began work after high school, had more money than the doctor until they reached the age of 51, at which time the doctor blows him away.

The reason for this is the cost of becoming a doctor, which is exorbinant.  The years of education may run upwards of a half a million dollars and, according to several studies, over 80% of doctors have incurred scholastic and living debts to acquire their education. 

In the end, you will earn good money as a doctor, most of whom earn between $200,000 and $400,000 per year.  However, the rigors of achieving this steady, substantial salary are intense and you need to enter this journey with your eyes wide open.

Conclusion:  Should You Become a Doctor?

In this article, we have presented the plusses and minuses of choosing a career as a doctor which will hopefully assist you in deciding whether it is a career path for you. 

Finally, if there are any other doctors out there who would like to contribute more of their personal experiences, we welcome you to do so in the commments below.

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Andy Murray Wins U.S. Open

Andy Murray Wins First Major!

Andy Murray Wins U.S. Open

Andy Murray Wins His First Major!

In blustery conditions Andy Murray won the U.S. Open last night against Nova Djokovic to earn his first grand slam and reward a nation that has waited over 75 years for a men’s tennis title.

Is someone once said “winning isn’t easy”, they  unknowingly were describing Andy’s Murray’s quest to win his first major.  Andy Murray is an amazing tennis player in an era of men’s tennis greatness.  He hit his prime when there were not one–but three–Tiger Woodsish tennis players.

After a bit of bemoaning this fact throughout his career (you could see it, couldn’t you?), he clearly decided that’s not who I want to be.  Fate dealt Andy Murray a very good hand of cards but the other people all had an ace in the hole to beat him when it mattered.  He got tougher.  He sharpened his mental and physical game and it was a pleasure to watch yesterday.

After being up two sets to none, he then lost sets 3 and 4.  This is when the old Andy Murray might have said, “It’s just not destined for me to win these things,” as we have heard Sergio Garcia suggest on the golf course.  Not this time!

Andy Murray stepped up in the 5th set and won it handily, refuting his history, and the history of British tennis in the process. 

No, winning isn’t easy. 

In the past, when Andy Murray went to that final reserve tank in the majors, he found no fuel.  But preparation, on the mental and physical side of his game, paid off.  When he went to the tank in the 5th set, he found that the last year of hard work had provided a full tank when he needed it.

I loved watching this match.

Andy Murray made a tough decision.  When it seemed that all of the forces of the tennis universe were conspiring against him, he made a decision:  I will change my destiny. 

It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t meant to be. 

But Andy Murray proved yesterday that, through hard work and a strong will, anything is possible!

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The Difference Between Men & Women As Seen In A Bathroom

The Deciding Factors

When it comes to judging bathrooms, you have to carefully weigh the criteria and clearly outline the parameters. To be fair, men and women will have very different criteria when it comes to what makes a restroom desirable.  Not that we’re saying all men are slobs and don’t care if their bathrooms resemble a cross between a gas station bathroom and a magazine or newsstand. It’s just that, in most cases, women tend to be a little classier when it comes to household décor.

What Women Want

When you think of a room decorated by a woman, chances are you will picture a tidy space with colorful flowers, exotic perfumes and lots and lots of pink. Contrary to popular belief, not every woman chooses pink as her favorite color, and I am not sure how this vicious rumor got started in the first place. At any rate, most women prefer matching guest towels and sparkling clean fixtures in a fresh-as-daises bathroom. In general, a woman’s restroom or powder room will always be clean and well stocked, with extra everything in a drawer or under the sink. After all, you never know when there will be an emergency that requires a bandage, scented soap, nail polish remover or a red button. Anything potentially embarrassing is not kept in the bathroom; because of course ladies assume that people are going to search the area during their rest stop. Women also tend to prefer large, clean bathtubs, whirlpools or Jacuzzis in which to relax with scented candles, soothing music or a good book. At this point you may be thinking, “so this is how luxury restroom businesses make their money.”  Most women want great lighting for which to adorn themselves with makeup. I mean to read; women want ambiance lighting to read. Yes, that’s it. To read a good book while relaxing in the tub.

What Men Want

It would be fair to make a generalized statement that most men are not that particular when it comes to housework. The bathroom is usually a private zone, and men see that concept differently than women, who treat bathrooms as if royalty could walk in at any given time. Maybe we should let them know that is not why they call it “the throne.” Men want to make sure that they can find everything they need in the bathroom, and may not even be aware of how things stay stocked. Here’s a tip: it was probably recently cleaned and fully stocked by a woman. Men do care about cleanliness, and would not want to go around all day having dried up, crusty toothbrush clinging to their shirt. However, if that same toothbrush is hanging out in the sink, it usually will not bother a man. In fact, it is practically invisible to most men. Likewise, dark rings around the bathtub, water (or worse) on the floor and lack of frilly guest towels are not a tragedy in the male bathroom. Men probably will not notice if the bathmat and paint match the shower curtain – in fact, they may not even notice if there is a shower curtain.



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