Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ain’t Gonna Do It

10 OCT 06

I was going to write about some of the things I may include in my “letter from the departed,” but I can’t stay that moody and dark. It’s just not in my nature.

Instead, I’m going to focus on the positive. There is nothing like an impending deployment to use as a bargaining chip.

That’s right folks, I’m headed to Vegas! It makes perfect sense, right? I’m sure you can picture the conversation in your head:

Dr. Chako: Honey? You know, since I’m going off to war, don’t you think it’d be nice if I had one more trip to Vegas? You know – in case I don’t make it back?

DAPW (Dear and Patient Wife): Sure, dear! Take as much money as you think you need to have a great time. You deserve it!

Actually, those of you who have been married for more than 2 or 3 days know the conversation was nothing like that, but the end result is the same.

I’m headed to Vegas!! Did I already say that?

My plan is simple. I’m going to really crank up my side business. This is a win-win-win. The family gets to keep most of the money, the hospital I work for gets a ton of cheap work from me, and I get to splurge like a high-roller (hopefully not) one last time.

After reading Seattle John’s post about his recent Vegas trip, I think I know where I’m going to start, but I’m open to other suggestions. Who’s with me?


John G. Hartness said...

When are you headed out? I'm in Vegas next weekend, and Special K is out there this weekend.

Doog said...

Dates, man!! I'm in Vegas mid-November, but you'll probably have come and gone by then...

Pauly said...

Have fun, bro!

And always bet on black!

Ignatious said...

woohoo! have a great time and just remember rule #1.

don't burn the locals.

take care.

Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

Hey Chako,

We met briefly at the summer blogger gathering in Vegas. We're in similar lines so I read with great interest and empathy about your being sent overseas.

Have a blast in Vegas and take care out there.

Joaquin "The Rooster" Ochoa said...

I will make sure and spark up a candle for you at church this Sunday...for both your cards (God said it was o.k. if I do this) and also your trip overseas.

Wolverine Fan said...

Good luck in Vegas, Dr. Chako and on your deployment.
Check out anysoldier.com for help with stuff you may need. My wife corresponds with another Doctor via anysoldier.com. If you need more information contact me via my blog. She has sent boxes of stuff to make the soldier's life easier.

Again, Good luck and God Bless you.

SirFWALGMan said...

gl man

Anonymous said...

He knows he'll eventually talk me into letting him take the trip, but the negotiations are still on for the bankroll. Remember, I'm the one left holding down a job, the house, the dog and two kids. Better start crossing off things on your "honey-do" list.

To the rest of you, thanks for your support of my guy. He's a pain in the ass sometimes, but he's my pain in the ass and I want him back in one piece.

Anonymous said...

My brother...the eternal optomist. Take a trip to the sand box and make it into an excuse to have the worlds best Vegas trip. That is SO you. Of course, upon your timely and safe return you get exactly three days with your DAPW (Dear And Patient Wife) because on day four, her and I are off on a CHICK TRIP!!!! I am thinking a cruise to Jamaica mon...yah mon, we gow to de eye-lan of co-co-nuts ahnd rasta-mon! Can ya feel me??

DrChako said...

I feel ya, dog. And after solo parenting for 6+ months, she'll NEED the chick trip. Book it!