This week, I want to share with you my Wednesday... yes, the day AFTER the Election. No, not about the Election. Although, there is a story there as well. But, I will not go there.
No, on this Wednesday, I was scheduled for my 6 months Dental Cleaning. And there is nothing... nothing, I dread more than going to the Dentist. Now, to put this in perspective, I am very fortunate that I have my health. I have not been diagnosed with any major "something" and therefore, I am not lying in a hospital bed clinging to life with wires in me. That said, yes, relatively speaking, I am whining about how much I dread going to the Dentist.
My appointment was at 11:00am. But first, there would be work. And 7 or 8 (School Bus) driver's were out sick or away on a Field Trip. And that means I, and most everybody else in the office, would be driving a bus to plug all the "holes."
I am always blown away when I drive a route for first, second, and third graders by how "smart" they are regarding the "route" itself. Even though I know the route and all the turns and directions, because I am not the "regular" driver, all the little ones up front want to "help" me because I surely can't know where I'm going. You know, like when I pull up to a stop sign, a little girl will say, "Turn left here." It doesn't register with her that I say, "I know." Because at the very next stop sign, that same little girl will say, "Go straight." And when you see the next "rider" up ahead to be picked up, that same little girl will say, "Ok, you need to stop up there where that Mom is." I just smile and say, "OK." It gets really crazy when I pretend I don't know where I'm going and I will say, "Do I turn here?" And they will scream, "Yes." And I will say, "Are you sure?" And they will ALL scream, "YES!!!" It really is too funny.
But after the morning run, I got back for one or two quick cups of coffee, before I had to "brush & floss" for my rapidly approaching Dreaded Dental Date.
"Good morning Mr. Sluder. Have a seat and we will be right with you." I barely got seated when the door opens and the Hygienist smiles and says, "Mr. Sluder, come on back." My immediate thought is... "Do I have to?" I really do not like going to the Dentist. A necessary Evil.
I get escorted back, get fitted with my bib, and lay back in my chair. I can't help but notice the "instrument" table. The same instruments that are the very reason why I dread going to the Dentist. The same instruments that have the little "hook" end and are very pointedly sharp. The same instruments that get gouged into your gums, which causes you to flinch
Now, how many of you can relate to this? You are laying back with your mouth gaped wide open, at least two to three various types of "instuments" inside your mouth at once... a sharp pointed hook
When she is done, she informs me that I have "passed." Honestly, I did not realize that I was taking a test. But I'm all about "passing" any test. So, I go with it. But when she is done, I have to continue to sit there, because now, the "real" Dentist has to come in there and check me out. But it's more like he is checking her out, to see if she "passed" her test. He asks me how I'm doing? I tell him I feel great because I was just told that I had "passed" and that I was done. He looks at me and says "Oh yeah?" But I know he was thinking, "Wait a minute Big Guy, we'll see about that. You'll "pass" and be done only if I say you "pass" and I say we're done. He then probes and prods and feels my neck and throat area. He runs those same "instruments" through my mouth. Finally, he says, "OK, we're done. You PASSED!" I'm smiling. I love "passing." And I now know too, I don't have to come back for 6 whole months. Lots of time to study.
The last thing the Hygienist does before I go is give me what she refers to as my "reward." But, I feel cheated somehow because everyone gets a reward. Everybody walks out with a "Bag." A new toothbrush and some dental floss. I take it anyway and quickly make my "getaway."
|My "Reward" for "Passing"|
Music: On the recommendation of Sami, my step-daughter, for the past several days, I have been listening to Pandora Garth Brooks. I'm not too heavy into Country & Western music, although Donna is. But I have enjoyed a little C & W this week and the various artists that play on the Garth Brooks station. Give a listen to one of my absolute favorite Garth Brooks songs: Friends In Low Places. You will find your smile...
Market Watch: After the Election on Tuesday, the Market has had two consecutive terrible days, falling over 300 and 100 points, respectively. That said, Facebook went South
The End: A very big and hearty Thank You for stopping by and checking in on Slu's World. I appreciate it very much. Stop by again next week. Til then...
Be safe, be smart, and always smile... It's "Happy Friday"
adios... vaya con dios