Peter talks about his new rotation.

Video blog from Peter before the night before the peds exam.

You can actually hear this one pretty well in spite of the background noise, (there is one place where I can’t quite grasp what Peter says) but for those who have trouble making out the rest of the words, here’s the transcript:

Bev: From Teresa Haycraft – I wonder if this question has ever been asked of you at all. In all of your lifetime, have you ever had long hair?

PW: Yeah, I’ve had long hair.

Bev: How long?

PW: Never as long as Methos in the Horsemen episode flashback. But I had hair when I was… I must have been finishing high school, so I would have been about 17. They have a thing in Europe, an InterRail ticket, where you pay your money for the ticket and you can ride any train right across the continent. I was away for a month or so with just a backpack and a tent and I had long hair before I started and then I didn’t cut my hair, obviously, for the whole time that I was away. So it was at my shoulders, it was pretty shaggy.

Bev: It wasn’t quite the hippie-look, but…

PW: I never had real rock-and-roll hair. But I’ve had long hair. Then, uh… My hair was that kind of length through University, ?? days, then I did… Actually, the summer following I did “As You Like It” as a wrestler in “As You Like It” and I shaved it all off. I shaved it and it was quite disturbing ‘cause about that kind of time “An Officer And A Gentleman” was out and there were… Richard Gere shaves his head in that, you know, when he joins up and there were shots in the movie that I looked at and thought that absolutely could be me. And I’d never thought that… Previously, I’d never thought that I looked like him at all. But with my shaven head, I really looked a lot like Richard Gere with his head shaved.

Ree: A few people have noticed that. You have a similarity…

PW: People have kind of said it; it’s the only time I’ve ever actually sat watching a film and gone “wow, yes, this is kind of true”. So, long hair, short hair – yeah.
Well, thanks for joining everyone.

Peter recorded this on the run, as he often does, and it is fine at the beginning and the end, but he turned against the wind, so to speak, mid-way and it became very noisy. I’ve tried to transcribe, but there are parts I just can’t quite make out. I’ve put ?? in the text at these questionable areas. If you hear them better than I do, let me know.

Hey, guys… So I realized that one of the reasons that I haven’t been recording is a simple practicality because I’m using a cell phone that’s broken… essentially smashed to pieces on account of having been in the back pocket of a 13 year old skateboarder for some months. So while I’m waiting for the new iPhone5 to come out, I’m back on mere speakers (? Not sure about that) I lost my phone in Florida. I think I told you that story before. What I realized though is just the simple fact of having to work harder to record. Y’know, having to find or get my laptop or something, transfer things and edit them – that’s what preventing me from actually chatting to you guys so I’m going to remedy that.

Now this may be pretty shaky and maybe kind of blurry because the phone’s all tricked up but here I am anyway … (??) I had my final week of peds (pediatrics) … ?? clinic has been awesome. I’m loving it. Seeing a lot of regular, you know, sore throats, runny noses, waxy ears – that kind of thing. Also doing refugee peds, which is so interesting. So fulfilling. And now we’re in the last couple of days, …clinical exam Wednesday, written exam Friday. Sorry to see it go. You know, I’m not going to score up in the 90’s percentile like the smart kids, but I think I’m going to do ok. I’ve learned a lot. I’m very pleased with the stuff I’ve learned.

One of the things, of course, that you frequently come across is that thing of making change easy, you know. Like the phone here. Anything that gets in the way of changing something in your life makes it just that much less likely to happen, so try to keep it simple. Keep it simple, boney dimple, as they used to say back in London. Actually, I don’t think anyone said that apart from Gary Love. So, little chats coming again. I’ll check in with you again, maybe the night before the exam, the written exam. See if I still think I’m going to do all right. And until then… say you what (??), it’s busy out on the track tonight.

This is the next to the last question Peter answered at the pre-marathon chat in Vermont in May, 2013. Again, because of all the chatter in the hotel lobby, it is hard to hear Peter, so the entire text (as well as I could make it out) is below:

Question from Anita King – What is the one thing you miss the most about Wales, LA, and Vancouver that you can’t find or get in Vermont?

PW: Sunshine! …About Wales… what do I miss about Wales?…uh… long pause there. I don’t miss a lot about Wales. I am more and more conscious of how shaped I am by my upbringing there. I am who I am because of those experiences and my Welshness, my understanding of culture and the darkness that is inside a lot of us Celts. That – I’m more and more aware of that. And growing up with a different language around you – a really bizarre different language with – rragh and shh sounds. That’s really cool. I like that. I appreciate my cultural heritage more and more. I don’t really miss Cardiff. My mom I talk to every week and I miss not seeing her. It’s been a long time now since I was in the UK. 2008 was the last time I was there for my grandma’s 100th. So, I left Wales because I didn’t miss very much about it.

I miss London. London, I was very happy. It’s a great city and feels like my spiritual home. Vancouver, I miss Vancouver a lot. I loved being in Vancouver. It’s so extraordinarily beautiful. Just breathtaking. I never had any issues with the rainy-ness there. The weather is an issue for a lot of people. A lot of people from LA come to film there and do nothing but grumble about the weather. That was never an issue for me. I love running in the forest when it’s raining. If you drive along the coast road from Vancouver up to Whistler, it’s just staggering. Really cool.

LA… I appreciate LA more and more. It is the city of Satan. There is no two ways about it. It’s a God-forsaken place, but it’s sort of wonderful. It’s full of people that are dreamers and completely messed up, unrealistic and have so many problems. But it’s sort of wonderful. That’s where really interesting stuff happens. It’s also where tragedy happens over and over and over again. The possibility for something extraordinary to happen is there all the time. And it’s very easy to live in a place where they weather is as good as LA. For all the problems that LA has, the absurdity of California government, everything that just doesn’t make any kind of sense, people come. They keep coming every day and the population there is still rising ‘cause it’s nice. It’s easy to deal with just about everything when the sun shines and the sky is blue. You have the Pacific Ocean and waves rolling in. If you can keep perspective, LA is a fantastic place to live. It’s tough to keep perspective. That’s particularly true if you go there when you are young and idealistic ‘cause there’s nothing ideal about it. You go there as a grown up and go there with a family, you’ve got more of a choice.

This is a another question asked at the pre-marathon chat in May, 2013. I still have two more questions that Peter answered that I will be posting as I get them done. The text of this chat follows:

Question from Marilyn Everett-Jones asks “ Will you be writing a book based on some of the readings you did for us on doctors, etc? It would be a ‘must read’ for the medical profession.”

PW: I am quite interested in that idea. There are a lot of books written by physicians and by students going through medical school. There’s a lot of literature out there and… There’s a lot of courses, a lot of avenues for physicians to do that as therapy. I think it’s tremendously valuable ‘cause, for me, the act of sitting down and writing the story forces me to give structure to things, forces me to think things through and process them in a way that is deeper than I would otherwise do. I think it’s important and therapeutic to take emotional experiences, particularly, and work through them. There’s a high degree of burn-out in physicians and a lot of the time it’s because they don’t allow things to come into them, process and leave them again. They just stay there; they stay inside. So, I think there is a great therapeutic value in doing that.

Also, there are just so many interesting stories. When you live with people who are in extremist situations where it’s about life and death and everything it’s really important to. When you have proximity to that, those are just very important, powerful stories. That’s where you learn profound truths about yourself, and about the human condition.

The idea of writing… continuing to write, collecting these stories, in some of way… Yeah, I think of that quite a lot. We’ll see where things go in the next few years. Very much it’s on the list.

Bev: A best seller… on the best seller list…

PW: I’m not sure that books are going to be the format though. In a sense, kind of separate from the idea of writing it, in a sense the little five minute blogs, the three minute blogs, that’s kind of the same thing…

Bev: May be that’s where we’re going anyway.

PW: Little moments, little snapshots of this thing happened and this is what it feels like. Putting it out there so that there’s a conversation about it. ‘Cause actual print books… who knows what’s going to happen with those. A buddy of mine really likes books, so he had a book that he wanted to show me the other night when we were around there. He said, “I’ve just got this little pocketbook” and he brought out this book. It’s the heaviest book I’ve ever held in my hands. It’s photographs of American actors playing roles in Shakespeare back through the last 120 or something years. Extraordinary photographs… this tome, leather-bound. So, I mean, that will be all digitized and we’ll have it as a flash drive, just scanning through the photos. It won’t be the same. It will not be the same.