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23 October 2019
I am rarely surprised when I go to Cindy's office. My hygienist for years has been Kristina and while waiting for me to be called, I was surprised that there didn't seem to be anybody in her space.
Pretty soon someone I didn't know at all came to call me for my appointment. I figured she was one of the assistants who was going to get me ready for Kristina, but she took me to a different space to sit me down.
"Where's Kristina?" I asked.
"She's still on maternity leave," she answered.
Maternity leave???? My last appointment was 4 months ago, apparently 2 months before her due date and I never noticed that she was pregnant!
I never did understand the name of the woman who worked on my teeth today -- either because of my hearing or her accent, or a combination of both. But I'm so used to how Kristina works on my mouth that it was kind of strange to have this new person. She cleaned them just fine, but her procedure was completely different. I could always tell where Kristina was in the process so I could gauge how close she was to finishing but I didn't have a clue where this woman was until she told me she was about to put silver nitrate on my gums, so I knew I was just about finished.
People who are afraid of dentists have a difficult time believing me, but the whole exam at Cindy's is so painless that I often doze off during a cleaning. Not a deep sleep, but enough that I am have peripheral dreams and am surprised when I "wake up."
Cindy came at the conclusion of the cleaning to have a final look and said that all looked fine, which means that I won't get a visit with her, when I come back for more work. Good that I don't need extra work, bad that I miss our visit.
On the drive home I was listening to NPR and it was a fascinating discussion of the difficulty of communication between older people and millennials. Now that our communication is done mostly by email or text messages, it has become a problem. Apparently millennials don't use punctuation. No periods. Periods are seen as ... I can't remember ... power plays or something. Also elipses (...) which I use all the time, are considered passive/aggressive. The guy being interviewed said that he got an email from his boss on a Friday that said "Thanks... Have a good weekend... " and it ruined his weekend because he spent the time trying to figure out what his boss meant!
Interestingly, today I came across my very first Facebook comment without periods. It seemed strange, but oddly enough I could figure it out.
As for the ellipse, I started using that because of columnist Herb Caen, who called his column "three dot journalism." I love the ellipse! (I also love exclamation points and apparently we old folks use them too much.)
Ned is finally at the point where he is UNpacking boxes, rather than packing them. He bought four bookcases at Ikea and is starting to fill them with books, though I suspect this isn't going to be big enough to hold all of the books we decided to keep.
Everything looks so clean and "new," so to speak. Even "Delicate Pooh" got removed from his mayonnaise jar so the jar could be cleaned for him. He hasn't been out of the jar in years.
So it's a start and now the carport is filled with EMPTY boxes instead of full ones.We keep hoping someone will come and steal a bunch of stuff out of the carport, but alas, nobody seems interested in our junk.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Lacie's Halloween costume
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