Slice Of Life

Slice Of Life, is a Weblog (BLOG) that I write, in which I try to tell some sort of story about something, or someone in my life. Sometimes it's happy, sometimes not, sometimes informative, sometimes...... HA, gotcha, did ya think that I was going to say not? Don't know me very well, do ya? :=) I will try to update the BLOG from time to time, whenever I can.

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Location: Chandler, Arizona, United States

My personality is outgoing, I use to be a wallflower, until I realized that it was all the outgoing people that were having the most fun. It was a tough conversion, but nobody I know today would even remotely consider me to be a wallflower. Basically, when I was young, my parents taught me that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. I haven't quite found the "anything" part to be always true, but it has inspired me to always try to do, and be, my best.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Cookie Here, Cookie There, Cookie Cookie, Everywhere

It's that time of year again. I'm being bombarded by cookies, ie: the annual "Girl Scout Cookie Blitz". Every year I say to myself, that's it, I'm not buying cookies from every little girl in a green outfit that comes knocking on my door, no way, no how. So, of course this year, I ended up buying from all of them..... again.

I can't help it. I was a Boy Scout from age 11-18, and growing up in Manhattan NYC, I think that I initially did it because the first Troop that I belonged to (Troop 680 - Holy Rosary Catholic Parish Sponsored) had a standing policy of trying to go camping at least once every other month, and when you grow up in The Concrete Jungle of NYC, going out into the middle of the forest, and pitching tents, and cooking over open fires, was like being transported to another life, I loved it. If it wasn't for my Scouting experiences, there's no doubt in my mind that I would be a different person today.

So anyway, despite the fact that they deleted my favorite "Macadamia Nut" cookies, I guess I'll have to console myself with the Chocolate backed shortbread ones, the peanut butter ones, the oatmeal ones, and all the rest that haven't been delivered to my doorstep yet. As far as I remember, I THINK that I have either 10, or 12 boxes coming. That may not sound like allot of cookies to some families with kids, but my household is just me. If you don't count an occasional oatmeal cookie that "somehow" the dogs get.

Soooooooo, I guess I'll just have to "suffer" through it. SIGH...... it's a "rough" life. It's going to take quite a bit of additional workouts on my elliptical machine, to burn off all those calories, and it's a tough job, eating all those cookies, but somebody's just..... got to do it. Next year, I won't go so order crazy, next year, it will be different....

Sure it will :-)

Friday, February 04, 2005

There's Never A Tooth Fairy Around When You Need One

You know when the Dentist says, "It's just going to be a deep cleaning"? Don't believe it. OK OK, it's my fault for letting it go so long, but I have this tooth.....

It's way in the back, in the lower right side of my jaw. It was in bad shape, when they root canalled it, and capped it about 2 years ago, and I recall the Dentist at that time DID say, that there wasn't much tooth there, and it probably wouldn't last, so..... I wasn't surprised when the cap came off. I should have had it glued back in, but I didn't, and so that tooth got all abscessed, and...... well, I'll spare you the gory specifics. The point is, it had to come out.

So, in addition to the Novocain for the deep cleaning, I had the pleasure of an EXTRA injection, and of course, since the tooth was so far back in my mouth, and there wasn't much tooth to grab..... Well, let's just say, it wasn't easy. When they give you 3 injections, and a prescription for Vicoden painkillers afterwards, you can tell it wasn't a simple "Brush, Rinse, and Spit".

Anywaaaaaaay, there is some good news, sort of. I still have a tooth opposing the removed one in my upper jaw, so even though the removal can't be seen, if I don't put something in there, the upper tooth won't have anything to oppose it, and the forces of gravity will eventually cause it to fall out. Fun huh? So they start telling me about this wired up "appliance" that they can make, which I have to remove when I eat, and every night to rinse it off..... Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah...... Baloney.

I just got done doing the LASIK, so I wouldn't have to screw around with the contact lenses every day anymore, and now they want to make me do this every day. Buzzzzzzzzzz wrong answer, so I'm going with the better (ie: more expensive) method of an Implant! Have you heard of this? They implant a titanium screw into your jaw, and then the jawbone fuses with the porous metal of the screw, becoming permanent, and then they can "clamp" a fake tooth onto the top of the screw. No removal, no rinsing, no nothing. Permanent. So I'm going to go that route.

Besides, it should provide some "interesting" future SOL postings, don't you think? Wish me luck :-)

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