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I update the website for a neighboring township, and while I need another job like I need a hole in the head, this one is a big win-win because I save them a lot of aggravation and they pay me fairly and heap lots of praise on me, plus it only takes me about an hour a month. As I was updating some local events listings today, I thought, "Dude, I really need to start going to this stuff." There's a hike led by a naturalist every Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am just up the street. I need to at least go to that.

As I scanned my to-do list this morning to see what needs to happen today in the world of JCP, I came across this weekly list.

[X] Call handyman (if he doesn't call back, call again next week after Mac is delivered. MY GOD IT'S DONE
[ ] Edit/produce Zero Hour

Ha ha, am I relieved or what! I crack myself up. A plumbing repair that was hanging over my head for a year is finally done, after I called FOUR different people to try to get it handled. My next door neighbor recommended a guy and it was just no big deal for him to do it. No phone tag. No cryptic emails. His office* took my call, and then he just came over and did the job. WHEW.

*and "his office" is probably just his wife, but she's obviously doing a great job of scheduling him.

Which reminds me of this, because it's another husband/wife business... I just found out the dentist I love got offered a big prestigious job heading up some kind of cancer-jaw program in Tennessee. I'm happy for him but sad for myself. It took me forever to find a good dentist. When I was a kid, my dentist drilled all my teeth without Novocaine and told me not to be a baby about it. (Sounds like I grew up in Soviet era Poland or something.) He is handing off his practice to a colleague he's been grooming for the spot. Hopefully she is as good as he is.



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Jun. 25th, 2011 09:51 am (UTC)
Always good to mark things off the list.
My list scares me.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
Lots of list fear going around! Hm! I wonder what that means.
Jun. 25th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
It means we need more hours in the day or hired help :o)
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
I'm too scared to make a list!

Good luck finding a new dentist...
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
I will try the dentist he's handing off his practice to. His letter says they met in "dental study group," and of course my thoughts were, "They HAVE those?"

He was always telling me about how he thought he shouldn't focus on things other people could do for him (like fix his computer) because that would take time away from him to continue learning in his field. So brilliant. Figures, he'd get an awesome career offer :P
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
That's the problem with the good ones! Like my favorite primary care physician - he left the practice to go join Doctors Without Borders. How could I begrudge him doing that?!?
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Ugh! You'd sound like a real jerk if you made a stink over that ;-)
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear about your dentist. Every time I've moved town and had to change my dentist it's been a wrench, and the last NHS one I was allocated to had zero bedside manner and everything she did hurt - even though she never had to give me a filling.

I've just heard she's moved on and I now have someone new. I'll be crossing my fingers too - but they couldn't be any worse, could they?
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:54 pm (UTC)
It must suck with NHS to not have a choice. I can't imagine your new one will be any worse, either! I've had so many lousy ones in my life. *shudder*
Jun. 25th, 2011 01:00 pm (UTC)
In theory we still have patient choice and can go to another local dentist who has spaces - in practice, the good ones never do!

That sucks - I had an amazing dentist as a child, and a really good one in the last place I lived. He was a huge Turkish guy with thick fingers and really hairy arms, and I remember being really nervous the first time I saw him but he was incredibly gentle. He even did me a filling once without anaesthetic (that's what I asked for as I was breastfeeding at the time) and it didn't hurt at all. Well, okay, maybe a little bit...
Jun. 25th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
I love your description of your Turkish dentist.
Jun. 25th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, lists just overwhelm me. But glad you got yours hammered out. :-)

That's a real opportunity for your dentist. I hope that his replacement is pleasant. You sure you didn't grow up in the East Bloc? That sounds nasty to do to kids. Adults can be so mean.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Lists aren't too bad if you keep them realistic. I think working for myself it's critical to keep track of what I'm doing and why, so I don't fall prey to wasting my time on make-work, or doing low-yield tasks that feel urgent as opposed to high-yield tasks that I could keep putting off.

I can't imagine why my childhood dentist bullied me out of getting Novocaine. To save money? He was really old-school, for the 70's. He'd say, "It'll only hurt for a second while I'm going over the nerve. See? That's not so bad."
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