Friday, September 21, 2007

isn't it good, norwegian wood

I was doing anesthesia for a handful of plastics cases yesterday, and the attending surgeon had his iPod on. Near the end of the case, "Norwegian Wood" from the Beatles' Rubber Soul album up on the shuffle.


MICHELLE
You have a good iPod.

SURGICAL ATTENDING
(Musing)
You know, I always wondered what this song was about.

MICHELLE
What?

SURGICAL ATTENDING
All these years, I could never figure out what this song was about.

MICHELLE
Are you serious? You know.

SURGICAL ATTENDING
No I don't.

MICHELLE
It's about how he spends a night with another woman! A woman who was not Yoko!

SCRUB NURSE
Paul McCartney?

SURGICAL FELLOW
No, John Lennon was married to Yoko. Paul McCartney was married to that blonde vegetarian.

MICHELLE
It says so right in the lyrics. Have you listened to the lyrics?

ATTENDING SURGEON
But what's "Norwegian Wood" mean?

MICHELLE
I don't know. Some hippy crap.

ATTENDING SURGEON
But surely it means something. Does it mean drugs?

MICHELLE
Drugs?

ATTENDING SURGEON
You know, like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." I mean, duh.

MICHELLE
I think it's just hippy talk.

MEDICAL STUDENT
We could easily find this out.
(Looks up "Norwegian Wood" on Wikipedia.)

MICHELLE
Man, what did we do before the internet?

CIRCULATING NURSE
Hey, have you all seen the You Tube video with the kid singing Britney Spears?
That is hilarious. Here, let me show you guys.
(Pulls up You Tube on the room computer and starts playing the video.)

MED STUDENT
Ha!

ATTENDING SURGEON
Ha!

SURGERY FELLOW
I'm sorry, I can't watch You Tube because I'm a little busy PERFORMING SURGERY right now.


Man, the patients don't know what they're missing. Or maybe they're just really embarrassed and feigning sleep so that they don't have to talk to us.

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