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...and her hundred miles to hell.

I am a very lucky nixar. No gaping, bloody wound in my head. My dentist is wise and merciful, and I was allowed to keep that right second upper molar. It seems the discomfort was arising from a problem caused by upper and lowers no longer occluding properly (because of the work done on the cracked tooth in February). A little grinding (not even the indignity of Novacaine, thank the gods) Still, she gave me Lortab and penicillin scripts, just in case something should go wrong in there before I find a new dentist in Providence. She's been my dentist since March 2000, and it was an oddly bittersweet parting. Anyway, don't ever say that I've never given you a glimpse of true horror, because if you look behind the cut, you'll find x-rays of my frelled-up mouth:





Wow! Ugly! I tried to get all the dust off the scanner, to no avail.



It's the upper molar that's mostly filling, towards the left, of this image that's giving me trouble.



After the dentist, enormously relieved and not low on blood, we dropped by the storage unit to see just how annoying moving everything out of it will be on May 27th. Not too bad. And then we went to the Birmingham Public Library, and I sat beneath the beautiful old murals in the Linn-Henley wing. That part of the library appears in Threshold, and it's on that very short list of things I will miss about the South. Truthfully, in an alternate-world Alabama with an entirely different cultural and political climate, I could probably have lived my whole life in Birmingham. Anyway, Spooky took some photos, and I'll put them up tomorrow, after she's had time to edit them. Today, you just get gnarly teeth. We saw an assortment of flattened and living fauna along I-20: crows, buzzards, deer, armadillos, dogs, a hawk. At the rest stop just across the Alabama state line, we spotted a large (probably female) Broad-headed skink (Eumeces laticeps). Spooky tried to get a photo, but the lizard did not cooperate. Alas. After the library, we stopped by my Mother's house in Leeds, and spent a couple of hours there, just talking. She's coming up to Providence to visit in the autumn.

I suppose, now that there is not unsightly recovery to endure, I shall be trying to finish up Chapter One of The Red Tree, beginning today. I need to have that done, and also Issue No. 30 of Sirenia Digest by Wednesday, the 21st, at the latest. Not only will the packing schedule become so hectic by then that there's no way I can even hope to work, but, also, I have to go back to Birmingham next week, to see my regular doctor one last time before the move (and she's been my doctor since 1990).

Last night, after finally getting back to Atlanta about 9 pm and grabbing some Thai food for dinner, we watched two episodes from Season Two of Millennium ("The Hand of St. Sebastian" and the hilariously wonderful "Jose Chung's Doomsday Defense", the latter with Charles Nelson Riley). Oh, and discovered a tick latched onto my left hip. No idea where I picked the little fucker up. Maybe at my mother's (rural location plus dog), maybe at the rest stop earlier. She was a female Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), and was surprisingly painful when Spooky removed her. The blasted thing had apparently been on my clothing for some time, had only just bitten, and hadn't yet started to feed (no blood), or had fed only a very little. We dropped the tick in a jar of alcohol (70%), where she survived for a hour. Spooky's calling my doctor about it today, just in case she wants me to take any precautions beyond those we have taken already. And, please, no oogy tick-borne disease related stories. Thank you.

Later, I tried to work on the Palaeozoic Museum (New Babbage, Second Life), but the damned asset server was on the fritz again, so that didn't happen. I did make quite a lot of progress on it Monday. Oh, yeah. Monday. On Monday, I worked on the Museum, we got dinner from the Vortex at Little Five Points, and watched two episodes of Farscape ("Home on the Remains" and "A Constellation of Doubt"). I went back to the biography of Henry Fairfield Osborn, which I hope to finish before the move. That was Monday. Huzzah.

Also, I should repost the link to 350.org.

Is it just me, or are these entries getting far too long winded? At any rate, only 13 days remaining to the dread birthday -04. Blegh. But my Amazon wish list is here, if you are so inclined.

Oh, and since this entry has gone on Way Too Long, I may as well mention how I've been complaining about the sudden proliferation of needless contractions, because people simply can't be bothered. Sure. It's not really anything new. Nabisco stopped being the National Biscuit Company back in the early sixties, but, lately, it seems like this is happening everywhere. National Geographic as NatGeo?! The Biography Channel as Bio? I wonder how many people still remember that WB stands for Warner Brothers, or that KFC stands for Kentucky Fried Chicken, or that iHop is shortened from the International House of Pancakes? But the one that really tears it for me, that set off a rant last night, was seeing Scarlett Johansson called "ScarJo." What the holy fuck?! Okay, sure. First we had JLo, but that was just Jennifer Lopez, so who really cares? Not only is Scarlett Johansson a fine actress (The Black Dahlia not withstanding), she has a cool name, so why ruin it with a silly contraction like "ScarJo"? It is beyond me, these things that people do. Maybe I would be a more popular writer if I went by CaitKier. Or just CRK. Regardless, I am looking forward to hearing her album of Tom Waits covers. And now the platypus says if I don't stop and drink some coffee, sheheit's going to start gnawing my ankles.

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aetherialrumors
May. 14th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Teeth are a pain in the ass. I've seriously contemplated having them all pulled with newer, better teeth inserted as some sort of bio-implant. Maybe something metal and shiny, but not a gangsta grill--I want to be able to bite through chain like Jaws from James Bond.

Maybe it's my paranoid side, but I've often suspected it's all a ploy, that "they" purposefully chock our food full of crap that will make our teeth rot.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)

Maybe it's my paranoid side, but I've often suspected it's all a ploy, that "they" purposefully chock our food full of crap that will make our teeth rot.

Well, though I doubt a processed food/dentist conspiracy, "they" certainly do put lots and lots of stuff in teeth that make them rot — primarily high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
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mb2u
May. 14th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Regardless, I am looking forward to hearing her album of Tom Waits covers.

Don't. I really was not that impressed with her covers, but then choosing to cover Tom Waits is asking a lot...
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)


Don't. I really was not that impressed with her covers, but then choosing to cover Tom Waits is asking a lot...


Hmm. Spooky likes what she's heard.
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greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)

That an impacted wisdom tooth on the far right edge of the top picture?

Nope.
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sclerotic_rings
May. 14th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had about as much fun as I did at the dentist. On the bright side, my dentist is a serious horticultural junkie (if his obsession with breeding a blue daylily means nothing, let's just say that it's about as impossible as a black orchid), so we ended up talking about carnivorous plants without any discussion of that movie. (I made his day when I told him that spiderfarmer is a professional soapmaker, and that she's as sick of references to Fight Club as I am of references to Little Shop of Horrors.)
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)

On the bright side, my dentist is a serious horticultural junkie

What I will most miss about my dentist is that she has very small hands, which are a nice match with my hair-trigger gag reflex.
sovay
May. 14th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
National Geographic as NatGeo?!

That is not a contraction that works. (Can I mention the recent proliferation of portmanteaux also annoys me? Bennifer, etc.) It keeps making me think of IngSoc.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)

National Geographic as NatGeo?!

You'd think National Geographic readers would take it a an insult.

That is not a contraction that works. (Can I mention the recent proliferation of portmanteaux also annoys me? Bennifer, etc.)

Never mind TomKat and Brangelina. By the way, why do the men's names always come first, I wonder?

It keeps making me think of IngSoc.

Indeed.
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jtglover
May. 14th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
Caitlin R. Kiernan
CAitlin r. KiErnan
CAKE

Hmmm...
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)

Caitlin R. Kiernan
CAitlin r. KiErnan
CAKE

Hmmm...


There is no cake. The cake is a lie.
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stsisyphus
May. 14th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
...x-rays of my frelled-up mouth

It's for no small reason I use this icon and have my journal titled as it is. Tonight I'll probably be having (all too probable) nightmares of losing my teeth. *sigh*

As for abbreviations, I prefer to vilify the pandemic "frienemy".
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)

It's for no small reason I use this icon

Yeah, but the Mouth of Sauron, that's a sexy nasty mouth.

Tonight I'll probably be having (all too probable) nightmares of losing my teeth. *sigh*

You, too, hunh?

As for abbreviations, I prefer to vilify the pandemic "frienemy".

That's a new one for me...
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suzie_n_sophie
May. 14th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Contractions
What about SCI FI?
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Contractions

What about SCI FI?

Or sf, for that matter.

Harlan hates the contraction "sci fi," which he pronounces "skiffy."
loosechanj
May. 14th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
There's a whole twisted and perverted class of 'shipper terms relating to LOST characters. Like Jack + Kate = Jate, Sawyer + Kate = Skate, etc. It's horrific.
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)

There's a whole twisted and perverted class of 'shipper terms relating to LOST characters. Like Jack + Kate = Jate, Sawyer + Kate = Skate, etc. It's horrific.

Something else of which I was blissfully ignorant, as I tried to watch Lost, but found it silly an unbearable.
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loki1978de
May. 14th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Yoou said it is a very serious dental problem and there was no reason to doubt. No that i can see it, i have to say i feel very sorry for you.
On the other hand....i am extremly jealous that you got your xray. Not the nicest of xrays but certainly an interesting pic.
When i broke my little toe (yeah not the most exciting of bonebreaks, i admit) they had a BEAUTIFUL xray of my right foot.
Think i could get it, or at least a copy?
I guess you can easily understand where i find beauty in a photo that shows the arrangement of bones.

NatGeo? You are joking. Who is doing that? Should i be thankful that it didnt jump over the pond yet?
Your museum is developing in a nice way. Gotta say that i rez just outside it and check the progress on each online session.
New Babbage is pretty deserted for me.

Jose Chung. A connector between X and M. Two wonderful episodes.

Have a nice day
PS: If forced to, you should go with CRK
PPS: Consider yourself hugged for listening to Bowie *contemplates taking "Labyrinth"-UMD for trainride tomorrow
greygirlbeast
May. 14th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)

On the other hand....i am extremly jealous that you got your xray.

I was only given them so that I could pass them along to my new dentist in RI.

NatGeo? You are joking. Who is doing that?

The National Geographic Channel is now calling itself NatGeo, which, I suppose is just following the example set by The Learning Channel becoming TLC, or, hell, for that matter the ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, etc. But it annoys me.

PS: If forced to, you should go with CRK

If forced, I'm going with either Nareth or -H.

PPS: Consider yourself hugged for listening to Bowie

Danke.
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greygirlbeast
May. 15th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)

"Constellation of Doubt" is, by far, my favourite episode of Farscape.

It is a superb episode. Have you seen the extended version of Chiana's bathroom scene?
alumiere
May. 15th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
i may have missed it in this comments thread, but her album is available online right now at http://www.scarlettalbum.com/
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