Something I wrote...

Something I wrote...

Occasionally I indulge my love of writing, even knowing I'm no writer. (I did write a book which got published by an actual publisher, though.) I've been contributing stuff intermittently to a writers' website, and I just put one up about buying a Tesla. Thought some of you might enjoy it.

While you're there, you might even look at other things I wrote. This one went sort of retro-viral:

J.T. | May 8, 2014

Great Read, Sid. Though I'm not a doctor I felt the same way as you about cars that make a statement. I don't mind the statement I just don't want anyone making it about me.
Then I read about the Tesla, then I bought one, then I drove one, in that order.
Doesn't have the same baggage as a Merc, Beemer or Jag. It says cool, not rich, not an a*hole, not a poser, just cool. And who doesn't want to be thought of as cool.

Looking forward to reading the rest of your stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Bighorn | May 8, 2014

As always, enjoyable. I was pretty certain you'd take a liking to the Model S, back as you deliberated.

I was thinking of one of your essays while in the OR yesterday, about the definitive initial incision.

DaphneGreen | May 8, 2014

Wonderful article. I envy your writing skill. I knew about Tesla from reading various articles, but never thought about buying the car. I don't drive that much, so it really wouldn't be much of a savings for me, I thought. That was until I saw a Tesla red one on the road. Gorgeous!

Two days later I was in a Tesla store. Made an appointment to drive it. And knew I had to have one.

I too am not much of a car person any more now that I'm in my senior years. Drove a Volvo for years. But what a kick I get now whenever I get behind the wheel of my Tesla. | May 8, 2014

Wow! I almost thought you were writing about me!


Sniper | May 8, 2014

Well written, I have no such talent. We picked our P85+ up Tuesday in Seattle, her name is "Rocket, Red Rocket" There is not enough gravity on this orb to erase the Tesla Grins from our faces. Come up and join us for our "Old Settlers Picnic" parade on July 26th.

NKYTA | May 8, 2014

Thanks for sharing, both nicely written.
The first made me Grin.
The second brought tears to my eyes.

mb30 | May 8, 2014

@sid Nice job on the tesla article, but being in hc the other article struck a cord with an experience i am all too familiar with and always brings a tear to my eye. thanks for sharing.

renwo S alset | May 8, 2014

SS. We just need the rest of the planet to think like you. | May 8, 2014

Just finished the 2nd essay, tears... I have a 14 and a 11 year old, I admire you man!

May the TGrin be with you, always!

Muzzman1 | May 8, 2014

Well written and shares many of my sentiments!

Thomas N. | May 8, 2014

Very nice read, Sid. I enjoyed it.

Tesla-David | May 8, 2014

Sid, thanks for sharing. I think you are a very good writer, and your thoughtful insights on why you brought your Tesla resonated with me. I can't imagine the feeling's you expressed in your second piece after failing in the OR to save the child's life. It was very moving and heartfelt, and brought tears to my eyes.

SongWhistler | May 8, 2014

Wow! The Tesla piece is elegant, and the other one powerful! Thanks for posting -- keep on writing and punching it!

madox008 | May 8, 2014

Nice piece. Thanks for making your story warmly conscious but not highbrow and overt. Thanks for investing in your Tesla for its vision and less any presupposed status. And not to be a spoilsport but thanks especially for referencing your pride without using the word "grin".

NO2PTRL | May 8, 2014

Great article about your Tesla experience. It feels familiar.

Windsurfer | May 8, 2014


Those are great stories; thank you for sharing. I went to your website and read some of your other stories about surgery. As a practicing eye surgeon, I appreciate your nuanced approach to your calling.

hcwhy | May 8, 2014

Hey Sid...Good job...exactly the way I felt and feel....only said better.

JoeH | May 8, 2014

Sid, great articles. As a fellow surgeon, I feel very much like you on both accounts. The first car I ever bought by myself was an SUV and I drove for 12 years. The next car was a used pick-up, which I still have. When the Model S became available, I test drove it and became obsessed. It is the most amazing car we all know, but I also do not think it has the pretension that many of the other "luxury" cars has.

Your other article hit very close to home too. I once had a patient who was a young girl who came in with a bleed in her brain and was showing signs of brainstem herniation, so we rushed her to the OR. The CT scan showed some hints that there might be an arteriovenous malformation, an abnormal tangle of blood vessels, in that blood clot, but there was no time to do further workup. We got in there, started to take out the blood clot and there was just no end to the bleeding. There was an AVM, and we were in the middle of it. The anesthesiologist was fighting with the blood bank to keep up with blood transfusion, finally having to activate the "massive transfusion protocol" so that we could bypass some of the normal checkpoints to get blood fast enough. We worked furiously to try to get the bleeding under control. Unfortunately, with her small body size, they just could not keep up, and her heart stopped on the OR table with her head fixed in pins face down because we were operating on the back of her brain. This made performing CPR extremely difficult. In the end, there were two anesthesiologists, 3 surgeons and a number of techs and nurses, but we were not able to revive her. That was one of the most emotionally draining cases I was ever involved in, and hit the entire surgical team very hard. Having to tell the parents of the result, just as you described so much more eloquently, was very difficult, but not nearly as difficult as the parents hearing the news.

TFMethane | May 8, 2014

Don't self deprecate. I know it was tongue-in-cheek, but you aren't a self-indulgent A-hole. We are all paying a premium both for the joy of owning this car, but also as a donation to help the planet. Elon is a hero of capitalism, and with our early help Tesla will end the oil wars that plague humanity and only promise to get worse. Tesla is starting a revolution that will save and improve countless lives. Just because you get something out of it, doesn't make it selfish to do something good.

Brian H | May 8, 2014

BTW, the SC network is not exclusively for Teslas, except de facto. Any other car able to take the feed and whose makers have anted up to cover the cost ($2000/car?), and whose port can accept the connector (or has a converter), can use it. No takers, so far.

akikiki | May 9, 2014

@Brian H,

Really? Where is that documented from a TM source?

edcalis | May 9, 2014

A good read.

Mark K | May 9, 2014

Sid - thanks for these two pieces, they are heartfelt and authentic.

What I find remarkable is that a car would bring together so many people who think about much more than themselves.

It's not so much a car, as a change in what we expect for the future, and from ourselves.

SeattleSid | May 9, 2014

Proving, I guess, that people at the mother ship read these fora, I just heard from them: they want to post the essay on their site. Nice. Like I'm giving a little something back.

Bighorn | May 9, 2014

That's very encouraging. Maybe fire up the presses for another printing of Cutting Remarks:)

JPPTM | May 9, 2014

Many thanks for the blogs--especially the personal narrative as a surgeon. I am a doc at a trauma center. Even after 30 years practicing medicine, you never ever get used to death. It is hard to not take it personally as failure. Hindsight is both wonderful and painful (...could I have done something else/better/different). The hard part is 'stepping back into the ring' after a major loss.

Thomas N. | May 9, 2014

That's great, Sid! Maybe you could slip in an additional line about the lighted vanity mirrors and they might not notice and publish it.

Brian H | May 10, 2014

Stated by Elon either at the SC reveal or shortly thereafter. Call them to verify if you wish.
I think it was in the same talk he said the new SEI standard "sucks" so TM isn't using it.

Bighorn | May 10, 2014

Tesla linked this on Facebook with the tease, "What made a man who buys his shirts on sale switch to a Model S?"

Captain_Zap | May 10, 2014

I get my spouse's shirts on sale at the outlet stores by the Centralia Supercharger. Great prices for dress shirts!

SeattleSid | May 10, 2014

Bighorn: hadn't seen that. Cute.

NomoDinos | May 10, 2014

Sid - wow, you've got a real gift for making the moment real with your writing. Thanks for sharing. Any chance you're doing ACS this year?

SeattleSid | May 11, 2014

Thanks, NoMo... Highly unlikely, ACS. Too much of a geezer at this point. I do have some good stories, however, from training days when they did live closed-circuit operations. Participated in a couple of memorable ones as a resident. It became clear that, like being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, being on live TV before an audience of other surgeons meant that everything that could go wrong, did. Not mysterious why they don't do it anymore.

NomoDinos | May 12, 2014

Never too old for a quick trip to San Francisco :) Keep up the writing, I'm sure there are a lot of us who would really enjoy more stories!

SeattleSid | May 12, 2014

If you want to read more of my stuff, there are several entries here:

And my surgical blog from a few years back is still available and I still respond to questions and comments. At one point it was mentioned in the New York Times as a worthy medical block. And even Fox news dot com said so. Here's a link to the final post there, which has links to many offerings: