(One of these days I will be better about blogging.)
From Cottonwood to Pullman, it is only 1.5 hours apart, but it feels like so much farther.
The pros of Pullman? ….hmm. McDonalds? Yes, there isn’t one of those in Cottonwood. Also, I was able to transfer jobs when we moved here, so being able to have a job here is a good thing.
The cons of Pullman? Being a UW graduate living with a UW medical student in a town where there is no mercy for dawgs. I realized that quickly, when I was only into my first week of work, and I was pulled over for “too dark of window tint”. I realized that I was driving the only car in Pullman with a “University of Washington” sticker displayed loud and clear against the “dark tint” of my rear window, and I had never been pulled over for that same reason in the last four years that I have had the car. The other con is, there really isn’t anything appealing about this area except for the relatively cheap cost-of-living and the 45 minute distance to the Clearwater river. At least in my mind, anyway. If you ask anyone who is from here the same question, they will give you a loaded answer filled with mainly WSU/Cougar pride.
Ok ok, I shouldn’t be so hard on P-town. I have to mention a major blessing of living on the Palouse: Our dog that we adopted from a local humane society. :) If we had not lived in Pullman, we never would have met “Doc” and brought him into our home. He has changed our lives for the better and we could not imagine our lives without him. (I say “we” and “our” even though this is “my” blog”, because I know my fiance would agree with me with said statements.) :) We adopted Doc on October 31st, and we knew nothing about him other than the fact that he came into the shelter as a stray and they thought he was a lab/chow/shepard mix and approximately a year old. So, we decided that that day would from then on, be known as Doc’s “birthday”.
While I am on the sunny side of things, the other plus side of being here in the land of ranchers and farmers who cheer for the Cougs, is that with only fourty medical students in the WWAMI program who live between here and Moscow and attend classes at WSU and UofI, we have developed a close relationship with most of them and even call ourselves a “WWAMI-ly”. I know that if we had been starting off this medical school adventure in Seattle at the main campus with over 100 students, that we would not have had the same opportunity to make the same quaility friendships that we have had while being here. With nothing else to do besides study and work (and occasionally sneak off to fish), we have been presented with many options to spend time with the other WWAMIs. With the inability to spread out more than 7 miles from each other, the convenience of getting together is so much more available than it would be in the metropolis of Seattle, where we could potentially be a vast distance apart with constant I-5, 520 and I-90 traffic to keep us apart. So, for that, I am thankful. Without the awesome people we have met and the friendships made, I have no regrets about living here.
In the end, this place has been a good thing. And, for all my fellow Huskies, I will be sure to leave some paw prints on our way out. ;)