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Friday, March 11, 2005 

Swimming along.......

Just in case you didn't know.... I'm 27 years old, working on a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences. I worked at a pharmaceutical company doing research and development for five years. I have a masters in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors in chemistry from North Carolina State University.

The university I attend now, King's College in London, is amazing. The work done here is outstanding and practical. I feel so lucky.

My PhD is in skin drug delivery, meaning, one day instead of having to take a pill to get rid of your headache, you'd just rub some lotion on your skin. It's a really tough area and I know nothing about it, but I'm having a lot of fun learning.

I decided to come to London to learn more about pharmacy, to get the hell out of dodge, and to satisfy my massive anglophile queries. I thought, "I don't have kids or a husband, or even a boyfriend for that matter, and yet I have a asshole of a boss. I gotta get out of here.... Where am I going to go?" Simple as that.

Strange Thing #28: It's not "How are you?" when greeting someone, it's "You alright?"

And this is subtle, but I probably wouldn't say "you alright?" to someone unless I heard something horrible had happened to them beforehand. As in, "Oh my God, you were in a car accident. Are you alright?" So I sometimes get a bit flustered if I'm not thinking staight and someone sees me and says that. I'm like, "Yea, I'm fine. Why, what have you heard?"

You could have said "You allright" to the kid you ignored as he was crying for help back at your old apartment.

'Tis true - 'you alright?' does seem to be quite popular these days - certainly around London at least. But it's not really a question, so doesn't really need an answer!!

Whereas 'How are you?' sounds like it requires an answer. And in many situations, you don't actually care how the other person is. We're not that friendly in England really, especially to people we don't know!!!

Glad your enjoying London. If you get a chance go and have a travel around outside of the cities. The Lake District is amazing this time of year. Do you have any family over here?

Aw, Sourkraut, I miss you....

Up North in Newcastle it's even stranger, people here pronounce it - "Alreet?"

Once again, I know this blog might be dead, but I shot you an e-mail. I am a 43-year-old man, married with 2 boys. I hope it does not sound creepy that I am reading this blog so diligently, but you sound very like-minded. Anyhow, my comment for this posting: My wife is very successful in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a Master's in biology. She used to work for Novartis (the brass ring of Big Pharma). They sent her to Europe a lot. You might want to consider Cambridge/Novartis. Just a thought.

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