I did volunteer work for eight hours yesterday for the local aquatic preserve. I was in charge of roping kids into spinning a wheel with questions about local flora and fauna. They had to spin the wheel until they answered a question correctly and then they would win a coloring book. I actually had a blast convincing older women (50 to 80 year olds) that they need to spin the "wheel of wonder." I managed to give away as many coloring books to women as children.
I went to the dentist a couple days ago to get a filling replaced and while I'm laying down in the chair, the dentist says, "Well, do you want to try this without anesthesia?" I laugh and say, "Ha! Not funny." His reply, "Come on, give it a chance. Just let me know if it gets uncomfortable."
As he moved toward my mouth with the drill, I realized he was serious. I was panicky and too taken off guard to say anything and before I knew what was happening, he was removing my old filling. I was so tense! It didn't actually hurt but there was a dull slightly uncomfortable feeling plus the fear that at any moment I was going to get a sharp jolt of unthinkable pain. It went well and I had a new filling in place within 10 minutes with no numb face afterward. I decided that it was an interesting thing to have done.
I've got an appointment next month to replace a cap and I'm scared to death...but kind of curious too.
Until a few days ago, I hadn't been to the Veteran's Hospital in about six months. The most striking thing I noticed was how many more amputees there were. It used to be that most of the amputees were old diabetics; they probably still account for the highest percentage, but there were quite a few younger amputees this time around. Missing an arm, missing both legs...it's ugly.
There was a young dental student from the local college doing clinical work there. While she was working on my cleaning, she mentioned that she was thinking about joining the military and asked my opinion. When I said she might not want to do that if she wants to keep all of her limbs, she didn't understand what I meant. When I told her to look around at all of the amputees in the hospital, she got quiet and didn't ask any more questions.
Is there anybody out there? I haven't been on the LJ for oh, so long. Since I started going to school again. School sucks. It interferes with my pool/beach/cafe Cubano time. Other than that, what's to complain about? Life is good to me.
So, I was trying to figure out which director I'd seen the most movies by after I realized I'd seen seven Kurosawa films. I found that for me, I've seen seven of quite a few directors but getting above that is tough. My brother was laughingly saying I'd probably just embarrass myself when I realized I'd seen more Spielberg movies than anything else. Lucky for me, I said that wouldn't be embarrassing because it turned out to be true by a long shot. Not to say that I wouldn't have rather had Waters or maybe Kubrick at the number one spot.
Spielberg won with 13 titles watched. Tim Burton came in second with 10, Hitchcock third with 9 titles watched and Miyazaki with 8 coming in fourth. Tons of directors with seven films watched -Takashi Miike, Kubrick, Waters, David Lynch, Fellini, etc.
Many of the Spielberg films were crap I watched when I was younger but several of them I still love including E.T.! There, I said it.
Going to Houston next weekend to see the Lizard (our 18 yr. old daughter) graduate high school. Very excited about seeing the whole family.
This college thing is driving me crazy...I don't like taking tests or writing papers or listening to middle-aged men babble on and on, but I'm trying to get into the right frame of mind. The Art Appreciation class sucks because the Prof. sucks, but I love the textbook -lots of interesting stuff.
kiki_otoole clued me in to an excellent song that sounds like it's being sung by Marzipan from homestarrunner called Polaroid Baby as part of my burning down the city song collection plus I ran into an excellent cover of the Talking Heads song Burnin' Down the House done by Tom Jones that is my new favorite song. Even better than his Sex Bomb.
In other news, feel free to hate me for linking to these songs. Now Tom Jones will be poor. :(