This morning I felt like going on a motorcycle ride. I wanted to ask my wife if she’d want to ride too but I know 47° F is not in her “comfort zone.”
I went (by myself) over to the MN Air National Guard museum at the airport. Admission is free. Air Force police search all vehicles and check identification. Ahead of me was a group of Boy Scouts and parents. Even their vehicles’ trunks, engine compartments and interiors were searched. Thankfully no one got frisked.
Volunteers run the museum. Two of them today were retired pilots who flew planes that were parked there. I got to sit in the cockpit of an F-4 Phantom and lean into the F-16 Falcon. Both pilots answered my numerous questions about tiny details of the equipment.
A Corvette club met there too. Among the dozen or so cars were two 2014 models which I’d never see up close before. They’re beautiful.
After seeing the fast, sleek fighter planes and the bright, shiny Corvettes I walked over to my motorcycle.
Semi annual dental checkup today. I’ve gone every six months for over 40 years. I’m glad I’ve been able to do that because I would hate to have icky teeth.
I get x-rays every other year and today it was time. The heavy lead vest the hygienist puts on me is so comfortable I nearly asked if I could leave it on for the whole appointment. That would be weird, no?
My dental office is finally entering the 21st century with fancy electronics. Today the x-rays were digital and appeared on a monitor immediately. The dentist no longers squints at postage stamp sized pictures. I have some fillings from long ago and a crown. In the tiny pictures I notice them but they don’t seem like a big deal. Seeing them enlarged on a Dell Ultra HD 28” monitor makes me feel like Jaws from The Spy Who Loved Me. Yuck.
I really miss my old hygienist. She was such a little sweetheart. I don’t remember her name but I’m sure it must have ended with the letter i and she probably dotted it with a smiley face. She would get really embarrassed when her tummy growled. So of course I would say things like “oh my God what’s that noise” just to see her face turn red. She was an excellent hygienist too. I’m not OCD but I loved how she systematically went left to right, bottom to top, inside to outside. It was easy to keep track of each tooth she worked on and she never missed one.
The new guy is very nice but he’s erratic. Let’s put it this way - if he were cleaning windows at my house he’d wash a few panes in one bedroom, move to another bedroom and take care of a few more, then wash just a single one in the kitchen. After that he’s go to the living room and clean every single window twice followed by a trip out to the car to clean the windshield but only the inside and not the outside. Then he’d go back to the first bedroom…
Touch free paper towel dispensers newly installed at work. The drudgery of pulling towels (at the corners! ) is finally over.
This is after touch free faucets and toilet flushers were also installed. Not since diapers has going to the bathroom been so easy.
Speaking of stuff at work I demand that leaving the coffeemaker empty start showing up on people’s annual performance reviews. I know the people who do this and will gladly pass it along to managers if they’ll take me seriously.