On a Leap year day, I taught a course on implant surgery. I was up by 5 AM and left my house by 6 AM to make it to the venue to help set up. We had over 52 attendees, most of which were my students from the local dental schools. But I also had southern California dental school students attend. I can’t believe they made the drive up. I was quite impressed as they’re so eager to learn. We also had dentists from Alaska and Oregon. It was a full room.
As the day went on, I kept teaching and discussing implant placement. My throat got coarse. My executive director reminded me I still have another event to go to that evening. By 5:10 PM, I was driving back to San Jose. By 7:30 PM, I was on stage giving a speech about NCAGD to a bunch of Vietnamese dentists who were not paying attention. I also made a joke and only the MC’s heard and laughed. By 8 PM, I was ready to go home. But since my girlfriend was performing at the event, I had to stay to support her. We were friends back in residency, where she got engaged, married and pregnant in that one fiscal year. Twenty years later, we’re still supporting each other. To this day, she still questions me why I work so hard. I reciprocated the question back at her. Neither one of us had a good answer.
By 11:30 PM, I was emailing an executive director about helping a dentist from my bedroom. At 12:30 AM the next morning, I was in bed wide awake. My mind was racing and couldn’t shut down. Somewhere after 9 AM, my son hopped into bed with me and my phone started buzzing with texts from that dentist I was trying to help. Then my own executive director texts came through. Needless to say, my day started again, only to end at 10:30 PM. By this time, my voice was really coarse as we had unexpected guests over.
So that was my usage of the extra Saturday I was given. I think I can only do this on Leap years. I hope your extra day was relaxing and enjoyable. The next Leap year with an extra Saturday will be in 28 years.
FellowTrack students from UCSF dental school.
My girlfriend of 20+ years. Both Dr. Vu's...I mean...how can we not be friends?
Here she is on stage and getting everyone to the dance floor. She rocked it. I was so proud. Look at all the professional moms on stage...sexy!