Saturday, October 23, 2004
I've been reducing my belongings for a while now (even before the Peace Corps thing) -- these are some of the last hold-outs.
I thought about having a normal garage sale, but then the techno-geek side of my personality (the dark side) forced me to create a web-based garage sale.
I plan to post links to my garage sale on my work's employee news database. I am also going to post fliers around the neighborhood with the hot items displayed. The fliers will have pull-offs with my phone number and URL.
I am getting very excited. A couple of days before the 1st, I am going to send an email to my recruiter to remind her that I am still here, and ready to go!
Thursday, October 21, 2004
Tooth #1 is fixed -- two more to go!
The dentist was great; what's not to like about a dental office called "Serenity Oaks"? Even better, they are the most high-tech dentist I have ever been to (and I am a gadget boy).
Here is what they did:
- Took a 3-d picture of my tooth.
- Removed the old filling from my tooth -- leaving behind a mere shell.
- Used a laser to reshape some of the soft tissue around my tooth.
- Took another 3-d picture of the shell.
- Created a computer model of an inlay using a wireless CAD computer (I got to watch the whole process).
- Created the inlay by sending the CAD information to an onsite robotic milling machine (it took 15 minutes to create).
- Glued the new inlay into the shell of my original tooth.
I was eating lunch two hours later!
Tooth #2 is another inlay. Tooth #3 is a traditional cap.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Well, I have just come out of stealth mode and back to the land of the blogging!
Today, I called the dentist to setup my first of three "get ready for the Peace Corps" dental appointments. My appointment is for 8:00 am Wednesday morning (tomorrow) -- that's pretty early for a dental appointment...
I have not had much time to think about the Peace Corps lately -- well, that's not exactly true. I think about the Peace Corps every day. I guess what I mean is this: I have not taken the time lately to continue my prep for the Peace Corps.
Writing in this blog one of the best ways I have to prepare for the Peace Corps (the other is reading the Yahoo! Peace Corps forum). Posting to this blog on a regular basis forces me to think about the things I need to do:
- to be successful getting into the Peace Corps
- to be prepared for service in the Peace Corps
For me, to keep my goals alive, I need to think of a way to feed them. This blog has turned out to be a wonderful a way to feed my Peace Corps goal -- I never planned for that, it just happened. I've always known that I can feed my goals by telling them to other people, I just never made the connection that a blog could serve the same purpose.
Stopping blogging (for a few days) has just made me realize how important an energy source it is to me. My word to the wise for the week: