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Day Six of the "30 days of positive" project, and it's been a good one.
The day started with my daily affirmations and little prayer, then it was off to the dentist for another round of major work. Unfortunately, I had to take the whole day off due to the dental appointment, but I'm trying to not get too down about missing the little tykes. Anyway, the dentist went well, although I'm in a little discomfort now, with the novocaine wearing off. He had to give me four shots before I was numb enough to be brutalized, but things went pretty quickly after that.
I wish I had all the money I've spent on dental work over the past 20 years. I'm sure I could pay cash for a new car. A nice one. Unfortunately, my parents weren't very vigilant about oral hygiene with us kids. And I was a candy freak. Pretty much any time I got some money, that's what I spent it on. Loved the stuff. Still do, really. Hot Tamales, cherry sours, chocolate bar with caramel. I could go on and on, not to mention pastries, cake, pie, ice cream. Good grief ...
A number of years ago at a dental checkup, the guy said I didn't have any cavities. I was happy, of course, and expressed my pleasure at hearing the good news. "Don't get too excited," he said. "There's not much room in there for cavities any more." Needless to say, the vast majority of my teeth are filled, root-canaled, crowned or replaced.
Meanwhile, I also got my daily exercise in today, without going to the gym. Finished my mowing from Saturday, and although walking behind a self-propelled mower is not exactly grueling work, I'm counting it as exercise. Don't judge. I nearly broke a sweat. After that, my darlin' daughter took me to drop the pickup back off at the shop. I'm pretty sure it's a minor deal. Somebody forgot to tighten a water hose clamp or something.
After that, I sat down and checked my messages, and my friend, Larry, who is opening a new weekly newspaper in a nearby town, asked me to write a story about he and his wife -- an introductory sort of thing -- for the first edition, which comes out Friday. And he interviewed me for a story he is going to write about me joining his staff as a columnist. Then, there's my first column that will also run Friday. Pretty dang cool!
So, it's been a really good day.
Ciao, y'all ...
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