Angry Doctor

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Of Shoes and Stethoscopes

angry doc's stethoscope broke today.

Long-time readers will recall that the last time this happened was more than two years ago. How time flies.

Once again, angry doc had to go around begging for a spare one to tide him through the day. Initially he did not meet with much success, receiving instead of relief jokes about his manhood and the friendly advice of 'They sell them at Mustafa' (which incidentally is, as angry doc found out, *the* place to go to get medication on a holiday evening when pharmacies are closed).

Eventually his friend M, who was leaving work early, graciously loaned his to angry doc, but not before dispensing more advice.

M: They sell them at Mustafa.

angry doc: Er, ya - I know now. Thanks.

M: Get two.

angry doc: Huh? You mean you want one too?

M: No, I already have a spare at home. Get two for yourself.

angry doc: But why would I need two?

M:*sigh* Your new one's going to break one day too, right?

angry doc: Probably. Yes.

M: And you don't plan on changing jobs for a while, right?

angry doc: No, no plans to.

M: They are not going to become cheaper, or better, right?

angry doc: Again, no.

M: So if they are going to break, and you are not going to switch jobs, and if you are going to buy the same model again, then you might as well buy a few and save yourself a few trips later, right?

angry doc: I see your point...

M: It's like your work shoes, right?

angry doc: Shoes?

M: You wear these nondescript, black, laced-up shoes to work every day. They wear out after a while, and you are going to need a new pair for work. When you get a replacement, you are going to get the same nondescript, black, laced-up shoes because they are not going to go out of fashion. Your feet aren't getting any bigger too, right? So if you find a pair that fits, you might as well get several at one go. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some shopping to do...

How can you argue with the man's logic? angry doc is going on a shopping spree this weekend.


  • indeed, i have 2 pairs of stethoscopes

    and 2 pairs of black leather shoes

    redundancy is important!

    By Blogger kc, At August 06, 2008 8:08 pm  

  • Welcome to the rest of your life. :)

    By Blogger angry doc, At August 06, 2008 8:28 pm  

  • "So if you find a pair that fits, you might as well get several at one go."

    Two is a good idea.

    Buying more is pointless unless you have some method of preventing stuff from deteriorating in storage...

    By Blogger Lim Leng Hiong, At August 06, 2008 10:33 pm  

  • Yeah the rubber on the stethoscope does deteriorate.

    Anyway I was just thinking....

    Cos I always wear the SAF black leather shoes for work and general use and yes I have 2 pairs and top up when one wears out.

    Maybe SAF should allow MOs to use the SAF credits to buy stethoscope hor?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 07, 2008 7:17 pm  

  • I have one stethoscope that sees the light of day once a week max and two pairs of black shoes, one of which I hardly wear.

    If you *happen* to need a stethoscope near NUH, you can always take mine haha

    By Anonymous Edgar, At August 11, 2008 11:52 pm  

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