Sunday, July 16, 2017

My hero

My preceding post included a photo of Ryan Seacrest, a graduate of Dunwoody High School in Atlanta who became a radio personality, television host, and producer. He gained celebrity for his associations with American Idol, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, E! Live, and most recently as co-host of Live With Kelly and Ryan. He is, I guess, a pop culture icon. I say guess because pop culture is not my area of expertise.

I also mentioned that my heart surgeon looks younger than Ryan Seacrest.

Kylie, a new reader of this blog who lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, left the following comment: "What i want to know about your surgeon is not if he looks younger than Ryan Seacrest but does he look as good?"

I certainly am not the one to ask. I have no idea. I know of no authoritative scale by which the attractiveness to females of one male over another can be measured. I suppose -- write this down -- that beauty or handsomeness is in the eye of the beholder.

So here, for Kylie and anybody else who might be wondering the same thing, is my hero, The Man Who Put The Stents In My Coronary Arteries:

You tell me!

For the record, Ryan Seacrest is 42 (in yesterday's photo from 2013 he was 39) and my doctor, according to his bio at the hospital, is 48.


  1. I don't know about looking like Ryan Seacrest but your doctor looks friendly. I think he would put a patient at ease right away.

    1. Emma, he was excellent. His office and bedside manner showed concern and compassion. But I couldn't help thinking when I first met him, "He's just a kid!"

      Two things are obvious: He is not a kid and I am very old!

  2. I don't give a rodent's fundament what my doctors look like. I do care about their expertise, professionalism and kindness. It sounds as if you got a winner. Albeit a very young winner.

  3. Sue, another part of Australia heard from! Canberra and Sydney seem to have different views. Maybe Helsie in Brisbane will break the impasse and settle the issue,Oz-wise.

  4. "I know of no authoritative scale by which the attractiveness to females of one male over another can be measured."

    But is this really true? Peggy and I sometimes differ about which men (or women) are the most attractive, but it's a rare day that one of us finds someone attractive while the other of us completely disagrees. Surely, you and you wife can both agree that Robert Redford is--or at least was--very attractive (I like him better than Peggy does), but when it comes down to men like Peter Falk, maybe the two of you would differ.

  5. Snowbrush, I think the choice is very subjective indeed. Different body types, eye colors, even curly hair, straight hair, bald -- there is no accounting for taste. What one person considers attractive another may consider repulsive.

  6. I do believe that is Dr Arthur Reitman who first graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 1991. It's only after that that he went on to pursue his studies in medicine. I would suggest that he took quite an unusual path in order to become an eminent cardiologist. With regard to the question of his attractiveness I am afraid I cannot help you as I am not gay.

  7. Pudding Towers, Sheffield, Yorkshire, To Whom It May Concern:

    For the record, I am not gay either. It was Kylie who wanted to know. I was going to tell you, if you commented, that my doctor had received an undergraduate degree in English Literature, which surprised and delighted me as well, but you, being the online whiz that you are, ferreted out that information on your own. As I've heard they say in England, good show!

    I wonder if I can get a discount on his services if I quote to him from the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales or perhaps a few lines from Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard"?

  8. I'll be honest, I fancy your surgeon considerably more! He's quite tasty. Free to tell him I said so, but with no 'funny business' intended on my part as a married woman and all that. I think people should be complimented often when feasible and certainly when questions are asked if the answer is a good outcome. Had he a face like a smacked bum, I'd have said they looked about as attractive as each other, and that would have been true. x Michelle

  9. Maybe your church is ready for a new edition of its hymnal.

  10. Continuing to go off subject...I left my last comment while listening to "With Heart and Voice," which is a weekly program of religious music. Its original presenter was an Englishman named Richard Gladwell (sad to say, but the current presenter is not his equal) who served on a bomber during WWII, but ended up living in the U.S. Though Gladwell was an Episcopalian, he received the Benemerenti medal from the pope.

    While studying your new blog format, I noticed that the book in the photo is a very old Methodist hymnal, and I was rather hoping that you would say more about it. I was also wondering if any of the old Methodist hymns have since been "cleaned up" in terms of gender references (one of the most appalling instances that I've heard was changing "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost" to "Parent, Child, and Holy Spirit").

    I own several hymnals (Episcopal, Church of Christ, and Southern Baptist--the latter arrived by way of Peggy who, as you might recall, grew up in an observant Southern Baptist household), some of them old. I also have various Episcopal prayer books, some of which are SO old that they contain references to debtors' prisons, and have prayers for prisoners who were about to be hung.

    I usually listen to religious music on Sunday morning, but my private collection isn't great, so I'm wondering if you could offer some suggestions, preferably something newer than Bach but (ideally, though not necessarily) a bit older than the Fanny Crosby era. I prefer music that includes singing.

  11. Snowbrush, stay tuned. My next post may contain more information about the minuscule hymnal. I blogged about it some time ago and you actually commented on that post, but your comment had to do with some other detail in the post. It is good to read all the way to the end. I'm just saying.

  12. “It is good to read all the way to the end.”

    You've complained about this (among other things) on a few occasions, and I have responded at length. I have no idea if you don’t remember what I wrote or if you didn’t read it all, but I don’t want to keep going over the same ground. I can but say that I'm interested in you, and that I make an effort to take in what you have to say even if I don’t comment on it all and, on occasion, seemingly go off subject because something you wrote brought up what would appear to be unrelated thoughts for me. However, it does get wearying to know that I fall short in your estimation. When I see that you left a comment on my blog, I feel joy, but when I leave a comment on your blog, I sometimes go away wondering if you will find that my words didn't pass muster. I’ve tried to pass off your complaints humorously, and to, above all, watch my words so as not to offend you, but I’m tired of ignoring the fact that you so often seem disappointed in me.

  13. I'm sorry, Snowbrush, I really am. I didn't mean to upset you, not at all. And you didn't disappoint me. I seem to have hit your last nerve. My bad. As my wife's mother used to say, "I zip my mouth."

  14. He doesn't look anything like Ryan Seacrest.

  15. Treey Stynes, you're right, he doesn't look anything like Ryan Seacrest. But Kylie's question was not whether he looked like Ryan Seacrest, it was whether he looked as good as Ryan Seacrest. According to your fellow U.K. resident All Consuming a.k.a. MichelleJ. (see her comment upthread), he does. Better, in fact.