Friday, December 14, 2007

Random Bullets of Dentistry

  • So I went to get my teeth cleaned yesterday; it turns out that it has been two years rather than one --- fuck, where has the time gone? Evidently I didn't have the energy to deal with this shit the last job market run.
  • No cavities, but I got a lecture on having incipient gum disease and not knowing how to brush from the Painful Tarter Nazi Nurse. (seriously! other grads have named her this, not me.)
  • I still have no job interviews and am frankly not very hopeful, as who would hire somebody so fucking incompetent that they can't clean their own teeth?
  • Besides a dentist appointment I got my eye exam out of the way, as I obviously don't have other stuff to deal with at the moment.
  • Did you know you have lymph nodes all around your jawline and collarbone? The dentist examined my jaw and lymph nodes before looking at my teeth and it was kinda nice ---- like a very gentle lymph node massage. At least I seem to have no allergies or sinus infection stuff.
  • I have a "divot" in one of my front teeth ---- purely cosmetic and a sign of the regular wear and tear of aging. It's not through to anything important, unlike one corner of a back tooth that we have to watch, it just looks funny. Great. I must say I'm more vain than interested in health.
  • Today we had the department "holiday" (read: Christmas oops we should be more inclusive of other religions) party and I drank lots, but not enough, of wine. I'm sure that was horrible for the teeth, as was all the chocolate.
  • While at the party and not talking about dentistry I had a good chat with Not My Advisor, who is dealing with the grad program at the moment. He's both helpful/sympathetic and seems slightly peeved I'm not doing better on the market, which makes for ambivalent conversations with him. I got back at him by telling him how his plan to re-arrange the grad program was all wrong and how he should do it instead. Neither of us will probably remember any of the details tomorrow.
  • Why does the industrial-strength toothpaste they use in a dental cleaning always taste like pure Suck? Bubblegum? That, sir, is not bubblegum flavor. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
That's all I got, peeps. I need to find some way of distracting myself over the weekend instead of waiting for the job rejections. Any suggestions?


Loose Baggy Monster said...

I know! You should go get that toothbrush with the remote control thinga-ma-jiggy that tells you how long you've brushed, when you're pushing too hard, etc. That way you kill two birds with one stone: You make your dentist happy and you spend the entire weekend trying to figure out how to work the damn thing and wondering why you spent so much money on something like a toothbrush. Way more fun that worrying about the wiki! ;)

Rebecca said...

*laugh* I HATE dentists. I went to see one for the first time in about 6 years this week. I have 1 new cavity per year :( Yes, 6. I am getting them all filled (AND a cleaning) next friday under sedation; it's the only way to get me to do it at all. Then I won't go for another half decade or so *grin*

Dorabella said...

At OUR department party, we got to (were made to) sing. (Jealous? I'm sure.) The line at the bar in the aftermath was impressive.

I should really get to the dentist as often as possible, as this will be the one year I have dental insurance, in between the previous four years of not having it and what-I'm-sure-will-be-more-than-four-years of not having it in the future.

Your blogger present came in the mail on Wednesday and is absolutely lovely. I've already made use of it. Thank you!

Earnest English said...

Let's not wait for the rejection letters to roll in. Let's reject them!

Dear Department I'd Rather Die than Teach In:

I hearby reject you. The fact that I have heard nothing from you yay or nay suggests a level of unconcern for common politeness that I find shocking -- and totally undesirable in colleagues who I will see every day and who will vote on my tenure. Drop dead.

Your Ex-Colleague

Earnest English said...

You've been tagged! For a meme!

kermitthefrog said...

In terms of practical weekend suggestions? No Country for Old Men. Good movie that's worth seeing at the theater.


I despise the bubblegum toothpaste.

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Breena Ronan said...

Don't you love it when the dentist points how how ugly and flawed your teeth are? My front teeth a just a tiny bit jagged from normal wear but my dentist pointed that out for me and offered to fix them. Nice.

Sisyphus said...

breena ---- oh, it was actually me who was worried about the "divot" --- I figured any type of hole big enough for me to see meant that it was a cavity and I was about to die. The dentist was the blase one.

Dorabella, glad to see the present made it through.

Everyone else, I hope you're flossing regularly! Or, that you don't go to the Evil Nazi Tartar Nurse. 'Cause she sucks!