I've only been back to campus once since graduating over 10 years ago and it's grown. When I say grown, take that as an understatement! There are so many new buildings and structures that I don't even recognize. Take an aerial tour by watching this awesome video that was just put up on Youtube. The accompanying music is pretty awesome too. One more thing. If you didn't already know, alumni of UCSD can check out the Birch Aquarium for free! Norah loves it!
First off, if you don't know what I'm talking about, you can read all about the Ragnar Relay on the official about page. I'm excited to announce that I signed up / volunteered myself to become part of my friend's team and celebrate his 30th birthday with this race! This individual, Jack Pham, also happens to be the person who introduced Adelle to me when he put together an awesome BBQ way back for Memorial Day 2000. He was also my UCSD freshman year roommate's high school classmate. I just can't believe that it's been over 10 years since all this! Back to the race. I will be participating in the Ragnar Relay So Cal edition which will cover ~200 miles from Huntington Beach, CA to Coronado Island, San Diego from April 15th to April 16th and am running as the 4th Runner covering a total of 15.4 miles.
I just came back from the first team meeting, and I'm super excited! There's a lot to prepare for in my journey to running my first marathon (San Diego Rock 'n' Roll on June 5th) and this is just one of the ways that I'm motivating myself.
PICTURE THIS: You and 11 of your buddies running relay style, day and night, in a 200-mile running event through Southern California. Starting south of Los Angeles in beautiful Huntington Beach your team of 12 runners will head south down the pacific coast. Along the way you will pass through Anaheim, Carlsbad, Del Mar and La Jolla. The race (and your stamina) will wrap up near San Diego on beautiful Coronado Island. This race had better make your running calendar; you really won’t want to miss it.
Let me start off by saying that this gentleman is truly an inspiration. His passion, desire and vision shines light on what a true family doctor is and should be. Without a doubt, he is a remarkable individual. Yeah, that might sound a little much but, deep down, it's what I really believe. Dr. Bobby Nourani has taught me, enlightened me as well as treated me in times of need, friendship and bro-hood. I have known Babak "Bobby" Nourani since 1999. We shared a few class together during our years at the University of California, San Diego and have been close friends since. Back then, I was an Animal Physiology / Neuroscience Major and he was already set on being a doctor so common ground was established. We attended great parties, had good friends and overall excellent times.
Fast forward 4 years later, he comes running down the stadium stairs, finds me in line for the general procession and we graduate. I ended up in Management and he finished what he originally started. Being convinced by the power of Osteopathy while assisting physicians at the Osteopathic Center for Children, he enrolled at Midwestern University-Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and attained his medical degree. We kept in touch through the years as I transitioned to being a full-time commercial pilot, but Dr. Bobby Nourani never wavered. Completing an internship year at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, Dr. Bobby Nourani has reached his final year of Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency training and has become Co-Chief Resident.
I'm proud to be his friend, colleague and confidant. In being so, Dr. Bobby Nourani has just launched his website, http://www.vitalosteopathy.com and is actively seeking to promote his practice serving Southern California. I have personally received his treatment and am proud to call him my future family's primary doctor. Please visit http://www.vitalosteopathy.com for more information regarding his practice and methodology.
I even graced him with the honor of being one of my groomsmen at my wedding two months ago!
Another testament to his awesomeness can be found here: http://lorithemidwife.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/dr-bobby-nourani-do/ and of course, you can also follow him on twitter via: drnourani or even check out his CV.