I started this thread to highlight Portland, Oregon as being cycling friendly, and how a lot of lawyers ride bikes there, not all of which were Parlees or Serottas, and noted how they had a lunch time ride, and wondered how that compared in intensity to the Palo Alto Noon "Engineers" Ride (I suppose there may be some lawyers and Venture Capitalists in there - I'm sure D.J. would know). Maybe we should terminate the discussion about the merits, or lack thereof, of the U.S. health care system and the medical profession, and get back to how the lawyers rides in Portland compare to the hammerfests starting in Palo Alto, and blasting up Old La Honda Road, among other destinations.
I admit to starting this thread down a slippery slope (beyond the slightly provocative thread title) in my subsequent post. From there, the thread acquired a momentum of its own, rapidly descending into a debate about the U.S. healthcare system and the medical profession.
I also never did get a response to my question as to whether lawyers remove the lawyer tabs on their forks. Of course, the very name, slang though it is, "lawyer tabs" is derogatory to the legal profession (at least in the United States), not that I am a lawyer, although per my 6th grade autobiography (written when I was 11 years old), I did not know what I would be when I grew up, but thought I might perhaps become a lawyer, in order to save up money for several years to then start my own business - but by my sophomore year of high school (age 15), I had lost all aspirations of becoming a lawyer.
When I was a kid, we were all "taught" that all (medical doctors) are very smart, and we all believed it. Seeing the pre-meds at a top echelon college, and that they were on balance (but certainly not in every case), well below the intellectual capability and academic performance of math/engineering/graduate school track* science majors, quickly disabused me of that notion - and many of the weak students were getting into top medical schools, yet the courses they took, and their performance in them, was so far below the math/engineering/graduate school track* science majors, that it convinced me that they weren't all that smart. Perhaps, though, they were smart enough, and actually, maybe they had "people and common sense smarts" enough to know what a lucrative gravy train they were getting on compared to the other students, many of whom studied and worked harder than they did for years in school, only to make a fraction of the pay when fully qualified for their professions. Some of the pre-meds were rather ingenious though, as one pre-med student, from said top echelon college, applied to and was rejected for admission to Harvard Medical School (the most prestigious Medical School in the United States, at least at that time) in the early '70s. Somehow, he accepted Harvard's admission offer, even though he had been rejected, and was matriculated into the M.D. program. The error was not discovered until the end of his first year of Medical School, but by then he was at the top of the class, and was allowed to stay, and indeed received his degree 3 years later. He became a very successful doctor, although he didn't ride a bike - that is until he reached the age of 51 (yes, not 50), whereupon he bought a Serotta to ride at 25 kph (o.k., the entire story is true except for the part about the bike). O.k. sorry for violating my own admonition to get back to the original premise of the thread.
* By graduate school track science majors, I really mean as distinguished from pre-med science majors, as not all graduate track science majors actually went on to graduate school in a science. Of course, the pre-med version of Organic Chemistry, which was considered to be by far the hardest class pre-meds took, was viewed as a total joke by graduate school track Chemistry majors, and laughable compared to the introductory Organic Chemistry class they took. The pre-med version required only mindless memorization of some trivial material, and neither required, nor demonstrated on the part of the student, any scientific or intellectual ability or understanding in order to pass. So the pre-meds memorized some stuff which they had to remember only until the exam was over - big deal!