December 12, 2004

Pavlov's dog = me

I'm like Pavlov's dog. Not because I'm furry and bark, but because I can't concentrate in the Starbucks when I hear the beeping of a two-way radio.

This morning I sat in the Starbucks for hours, studying patent law and antitrust, oblivious to all sounds--including the annoying giggling and even more annoying Michigan accents of the undergrads that surrounded me. Then I heard a faint "chirp CHIRP!" from a two-way radio or walkie-talkie phone somewhere.

The year I spent working on an ambulance has thoroughly conditioned me. My subconscious kept telling me "the dispatcher wants to talk to you! There's a code-3 [a call requiring a lights-and-sirens response] somewhere and the pagers aren't working! Lives are at stake! Your job is at stake!"

No wonder I couldn't concentrate. I've been Pavlovized.

Posted by Carey at December 12, 2004 01:27 PM