Monday, January 24, 2011

And then there were none…

<sarcastic font>One of the great things about teaching is that even when you call in sick, 9 times out of 10 you still have to drag your carcass out of bed, drive down to the school and get plans together for the substitute.
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But it was a gorgeous pre-sunrise view across the valley from there.  If my tooth hadn’t been killing me so bad I might have taken the time to get a better picture, but at least you can see how clear and blue the sky was.  I really liked how it goes from almost white right at the mountain tops to almost black as you look upward.
Anyway, ”and then there were none” – I had my last wisdom tooth extracted (that’s the nice way of saying ripped out of your jaw) this morning.  I went to the dentist last week and he was surprised that it was still there (I had 3 of them removed when I was in my early 20’s, now I’m in my early-early 50’s).  We planned some work on my teeth this Friday, but after a weekend of eating nothing but room-temperature chicken soup and getting little sleep, I called them up to see if they could fit me in today.  YES!  I had to drive 80 MPH from Salt Lake to Kaysville (26 miles, 43km or 25,094 smoots* from home) because the said they could get me in if I could get there ASAP. 
Anyway, I got there in time, they pulled out the tooth and now I’m home recuperating.  Matter of fact, the novocain is beginning to wear off, I think it’s time to take a pain pill and go lay down.
*Go to Google Maps, add the distance tool and then click two points on the map.  On the side there,where it gives you the choice of Metric or English, click on “I’m feeling geeky”  Here you can find how far it is between London and New York in obscure measurements like the Roman Double-Pace, Light-years,American Football fields, Olympic swimming pools and a dozen different types of Cubits.  One, which sounded particularly funny was the smoot.  My T.A. and I even marked 1 smoot on the wall of my classroom.


Alexia said...

awww - hope you feel better soon. And I love the pic.

As the person in charge of substitute teachers at my school, I really appreciate any teacher who manages to make the effort to organise the work for his/her classes :)

Max said...

I substituted for about 3 years before deciding to go back to school and get my degree. Liked it so much that was what made be decide (at 30) I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. So I try real hard to give enough stuff to keep the kids working, have clear instructions and a good seating chart for them.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Wow, what a lovely sky! Wonderful the way the shades blend. Really get the feeling that morning is going to burst forth!

Hope you won't be in too much pain for too long. Ouch.

Max said...

Thanks. It's already better than it was with the tooth still in, so I'm one up any how. But I don't think it's going to take long for it to be all better. Thanks.

A Paperback Writer said...

First, great pic.
Second, you must have the painkillers going to your head if you're feeling frisky enough to measure things in smoots.
Third, it's just as well you missed today, as Channel One broadcast an interview with our very own Chris Butthead. No doubt your head would've hurt even more if you'd been there to see it.
Fourth, sorry about that last academic game. Ouch. May you kick some mathematical butt tomorrow.
Fifth, why, in heaven's name, did your former oral surgeon leave one wisdom tooth in your jaw?!! Was there no remove-3-get1-free special going on or what?
Sixth, at the party Saturday night, no one said hello to me when I walked in. I was greeted with a chorus of "Where's Rossi?"

Karen S. said...

Oh I'm so sorry Max, tootaches are like the worse ever! But with it gone you're on the road back to normal again! This is simply excellent even in your painful state, glad you caught it! Hope your pain goes away quickly!