Saturday, October 23, 2004

The Virtual Garage Sale Begins

Getting ready for the Peace Corps means organizing many aspects of my life; especially on the material belongings front. I'll have to store, sell, or give away what I can't take with me.
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.

The Countdown Begins

There are now less than 10 days before I can be nominated!

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

One High Tech Dentist

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:

  1. Took a 3-d picture of my tooth.
  2. Removed the old filling from my tooth -- leaving behind a mere shell.
  3. Used a laser to reshape some of the soft tissue around my tooth.
  4. Took another 3-d picture of the shell.
  5. Created a computer model of an inlay using a wireless CAD computer (I got to watch the whole process).
  6. Created the inlay by sending the CAD information to an onsite robotic milling machine (it took 15 minutes to create).
  7. 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

Stealth Mode is Off -- Let's Feed the Goal

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:

Know your goals' energy sources, and guard them well.