on that note
60: The Good, The Bad,
and The Ugly
By Gordon Ah Tye, FAHRA
i turned 60 yesterday. it was different from
other birthdays. i was more reflective and
my celebration was more reserved than in
previous decades. i think i’m finally growing up. this event—a new decade—only
comes once every 10 years so here i will
share with you my deepest thoughts:
• the depth of my experiences make me
a valuable administrative commodity.
• imaging services are still a primary
bread winner for our organizations,
and we are depended upon to strategically keep it that way.
• My kids are off my payroll.
• Because there is an overabundance of
rad techs in our area, we have a very high
quality of graduates to choose from.
• pacS, digital, mega technology. lap-tops, ipads, and a phone that will do
everything i need from anywhere i
happen to be. Bless you, Steve Jobs.
• Senior discounts!
• We have young, new, highly talented
• i love my work in imaging. i miss the
free stuff, though.
• i have very good health. i count my
blessings every day. But if i keel over
tomorrow, let me tell you now that i
love you guys.
• i’m afraid i keep repeating myself.
• i have now seen the full cycle of rad
tech jobs go from none available to an
overabundance. the mass exodus of us
Baby Boomers will give these kids jobs.
• i’m getting all kinds of weird spots,
dots, and growths all over my body.
• Healthcare is getting more complicated all the time. or, i am slowing
down and it is more complex for me.
i choose the former.
• i bought a prius. i have lost all sense of
pride in looking cool in an automobile.
• i can’t remember names. i have to do
word association to try to recall. even
then, the name or word escapes me.
• the government is tightening down
on reimbursement and making us
all prove we are worth being paid for
what we do.
• i forget things when i leave the house.
like, three times, i’ll make a u-turn or
reopen the door to get stuff.
• We have been exposing people to radiation for decades. now they’re going
to make us count the rays. ct is just
• i talk a lot about aches and pains, colo-noscopies, and other old people stuff.
i used to make fun of old folks who
andy rooney just retired from doing
his closing editorial on 60 Minutes. in his
farewell, he said that he just talks about
things you already know. i’m no andy
rooney, but i kind of feel the same way.
But as i now enter my 60s, i want to thank
you for letting me share my thoughts over
these many years that you so generously
take the time to read. i just have this fear
that i keep repeating myself.
Gordon Ah Tye is director of imaging and radiation
oncology services for Kaweah Delta Health Care
District in Visalia, CA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
biological sciences from California State University in
Fresno. Gordon is a past president of AHRA, received
the AHRA Gold Award in 2001, and received the 2006
Minnie for Most Effective Radiology Administrator of
the year. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(P.S. Just when you thought I grew up. Search on
You Tube for “Kaweah Delta Talent Show 2011
BlackEyed Bees” or go to http://youtu.be/
GHiyi YbDhGg. Just call me Fergie.)