I just got signed up for a new health/dental insurance and am starting to look for new doctors to become my primary physicians. (The new medical insurance was the whole purpose behind the recent domestic partnership.)
So, I'm pretty much picking doctors based on a list of names only.
Honestly, I caught myself looking for the whitest names possible. Or, I guess, most European names. I was half ashamed when I realized what I was doing. Here's what I found myself thinking as I came across each name:
Changlin Wang? Not comfortable.
Lucy Kalanithi? :| Can't even place the origin of that last name. Indian?
Nailah Thompson? I'm liking Thompson, but what's this Nailah about?
Hai-tao Tang? Fun to say. Not comfortable.
Safa Magid? :|
Nardine Riegels? For some reason I picture a really old, Jewish lady.
Then, I decided to try googling their names, and now I can at least see their pictures and where they graduated from. Aiming for Michigan grads!
What leads me to this method of picking doctors? If you ever go in for your high blood pressure (Me) or high cholesterol (Me) or poison ivy penis (Me) or weird rash on your anus that you confuse with a hemorrhoid (Me) or acne all along your legs and ass when you work out (Me), you don't really want to have problems coming from misunderstandings or miscommunication.
That was exactly the problem I had with a doctor in L.A. He's talking about heart complications, and all I get is slurs and mumbles. Heck, I ended up getting an unnecessary Hepatitis test at one point. I avoided him for the whole butthole rash incident. I actually quit going to the doctor altogether. So, I guess my subconscious was trying to control this scenario in the future, when the only factor I can influence is which name I pick.
Dentists, though, I guess I'm going more for breath? I don't really need to understand what the dentist says. I have amazing, natural teeth. I found my last dentist the same way, and his name was something like Scott O'Malley. Too bad it wasn't something solid like Joseph Smith. (Heck, that name is white enough to base a religion off of.) White people just don't typically have pungent lunches, I guess? Maybe Italians... No, I guess that one's a little bit racist.
♫ Everyone's a little bit racist ♫,