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May 27th, 2015
07:18 pm

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More teeth stuff
The dentist's office called late yesterday to tell me something went wrong with the impression(s) taken to make my permanent crowns. I called back this morning to make an appointment, and ended up going in this afternoon for a new impression.
This involved removing the temporary crowns, pushing my gums around for a while, taking the impression, and putting the temporary crowns back on. About 50 minutes all told and there was anesthetic involved.
Because this wasn't as involved a process, I was only numbed for the duration of the event. Now, I'm in more discomfort than I was after the last session.
I have taken one vicodin and I'm trying to stay awake so I can sleep normally tonight. We'll see how that all goes.

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May 23rd, 2015
07:47 pm

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Unexpected benefits
Today Penny and I had lunch with her son and daughter-in-law at a restaurant in Tysons. We parked in a garage next door, and during the meal I realized I had left my phone visible in the center console. Then I remembered I have a Black Berry and put it out of my mind.

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May 18th, 2015
06:57 pm

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The wonders of modern medicine
I had two crowns removed today so I could get replacements. Anesthetics are so good I barely felt the shot and didn't feel any discomfort after that. Now I'm at home and about an hour into a Vicodin. I think my day is about done.

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April 21st, 2015
03:18 pm

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This is ridiculous
So I found myself wondering who was the actress who played Worf's love interest in SNG, and what else she might have done. 
I opened a search window and started to type "actress who played wo", and it had already filled in "rf's wife" and returned results. 
I guess I'm showing my age that a perfectly normal interaction would blow my mind, but I never want to think something like that isn't remarkable, or occasionally wonder what this sort of thing does to our brains.
‎On the plus side, by the time my memory is gone completely, it won't even matter. 

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April 7th, 2015
03:28 pm

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An observation
I'm guessing married men live longer because bachelors won't get a colonoscopy.

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March 19th, 2015
09:48 am

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Shut up and take my money
‎Glock will officially announce the introduction of their Model 43, single-stack 9mm tomorrow. I have been waiting years for this and expect to own one within a year. 

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February 26th, 2015
11:09 pm

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The Icelanders are coming
I wrote about this as a comment to someone else, but thought I'd repost it here.

I am pumped up that one of my favorite bands is holding there first North American tour and one of their small dates will be a venue that holds a couple hundred people about 20 minutes from my house. The show isn't until July, but I've already got my tickets.
The band in question is Árstíðir, from Iceland. They are probably best known for singing an Icelandic hymn in a German tube station:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4dT8FJ2GE0
Their youtube channel is here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQL1FmOdJBCnkdQWpC-cFuQ

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February 22nd, 2015
05:59 pm

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Feeding the Fitbit
I got a Fitbit Flex from my parents for Christmas. It's a neat little device, mostly a three axis accelerometer, a clock, and a low power Bluetooth connection for syncing, as well as a couple LED lights to get your status from the device and a pretty good dashboard to get more information from you smart phone or browser. I wore it for about a month until the Fitbit Charge HR came out, and regifted the Flex to my niece.
The Charge HR is a much more capable device, with additional sensors and an actual display to show you how you're doing in a couple areas throughout the day. Since I use a Blackberry, this is a big help since the only way I could get more information than a couple lights from the Flex was to sync with my PC at home.
I really like being able to track my activity, and it inspires me to do extra stuff, like take a walk during the day at work. I call it, "feeding the Fitbit", whenever I do something active for the purpose of improving my stats.
Today I shoveled a *lot* of snow. Having a corner lot with almost 200 feet of sidewalk is quite a workout. We also have a two car driveway, a fire hydrant, a ramp to the street on the corner, and I clear enough of the street in front of the mailbox that the mail carrier doesn't have to exit the vehicle to reach our box. Our mailbox is currently just before the driveway, but that is going to be relocated this spring.
I said all of that to say that this was the best day for my Fitbit stats,evar. I still have to walk the dogs again tonight. I am going to try my best to stay awake until it's time to go down for the night. We'll see if I make it.

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February 8th, 2015
11:29 pm

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First ride of February
it may have been the first ride of the year. It was nearly 60 degrees today, so leather jacket without liner or vest, Draggin' jeans, unlined gloves. I did wear the serious Santiago boots, but I can wear them at least three seasons (anything below 90 degrees or so).
I rode the K1200LT, Penny rode the F650CS. no where in particular, just out and about on local back roads. As always, it felt good.

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February 1st, 2015
08:55 am

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Don't be this guy
http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2015/02/01?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uclick%2Fpearlsbeforeswine+%28GoComics.com+-+Pearls+Before+Swine+by+Stephan+Pastis%29&utm_content=LiveJournal

He does have a point though, which I often think abou twhenever I hear someone uses possessive terms regarding a team to which they have no ties that would b considered meaningful outside the realm of sports.
We are going to my sister's house to hang out during the game.If we weren't going somewhere, I probably wouldn't watch it at all and Penny would probably have it on in the background to see the commercials and half-time show.

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