Friday, August 24, 2012

Texas A&M's pharmacy school in Kingsville impresses, makes for great road trip

You know if you're going to be impressed by a Texas state agency, it's most likely Texas A&M.

I drove to the small town of Kingsville, Texas, this week to visit with leaders and shakers at the Rangel College of Pharmacy there. From 9 a.m. to nearly 3 p.m. yesterday, I faced a gauntlet of folks trying to determine if I'm a good fit for the team.

Practically every time I say "Kingsville" to someone, they ask where in the world Kingsville is. The dean says that frequently happens to him as well. Kingsville is about a 45-minute drive outside of Corpus Christi.

I stood very near the spot this photo was taken at one point and stared at a beautiful painting of a smiling, old woman.

They took me to a nice lunch, gave me a tour of the building, and even let me talk with A&M employees at other Texas locations via teleconference.

As far as job interviews go, these people like to do it right. This was an impressive way to screen candidates, and no one was scary! You know the University of Texas would have put some scary people in there for me to talk with as well.

We'll have to see how it goes. I have decided to go wherever the right opportunity presents itself, so relocating to Corpus or Kingsville would be a welcomed change if that's what occurs. Living in a town like Kingsville would be sort of like living in Barstow, and I had a great time living there.

However, I did receive a call from a former employer while on the way to Kingsville about another position in Houston, so staying here is also an option.

I'll continue to keep you posted as we look for the right organization for me to join.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I don't fear bitter old women anymore

We all have decisions to make in life. I believe in making good decisions. That's why I've chosen not to be afraid of this bitter old woman anymore.

No matter what comes our way each day, we can always decide that being afraid of bitter old women is silly, even if they come from money and give the impression they have influence.

I feel set free from fear, like a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Bitter old women can often talk quite convincingly, but they really aren't to be feared. We should laugh at them instead. A good belly laugh, like Leon Panetta displays from time to time.

I used to be scared of this bitter old woman. We look at everything that is said to us, or even the way things are said to us, through the prism of our own personal experiences. I'm sure this bitter old woman was simply referring to the weather (click image to watch video).

Dan Rather talks of a wonderful, long blonde beach. I used to wake up with the sounds of that wonderful, long blonde beach filling my condominium.

Maybe someday I'll make the decision to visit that beach again.

Until then let's all make it a part of our daily routine to laugh vigorously at bitter old women when they say silly shit.

However, please make it your personal policy to always respect your elders. Visit or call your elderly parents or grandparents today and tell them that you love them.

But you should certainly never fear bitter old women, because they are more funny than scary.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

John Tyler posted samples of his television placements online for your enjoyment

If you have a few minutes today, I invite you to take a look at some samples of my health care television placements.

These are stories that aired as a result of a pitch, press release, or just a reporter calling me for a physician or specialist.

I think you'll especially like the story above (click image to play video) about a hospital pharmacy tech and vocalist with the Houston Grand Opera who brings joy to patients by singing in the hospital lobby or at their bedside.

You can see all the samples by clicking here.