These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Friday, June 08, 2007

oh paris, you stupid girl

i applauded when paris hilton was ordered to spend time behind bars after violating her probation. no one should get off scot free, not even a rich bitch like hilton, who i think is useless and squandering her family's money and wasting time doing stupid things.

then after a few days in the can, she's out, citing some medical condition that was unnoticed before she entered jail. funny how the bitch enjoys breaking the rules but can't quite handle paying the price when it's time.

wo knows what's happening now. the district attorney was calling a court hearing today to send her back to jail, since she was not supposed to be under hosue arrest. it was never an option.

she could be under house arrest and unable to leave the house but that means nothing. she can still have her freak friends over and party all she wants. and she has the last laugh through her horse-like face.

i don't know why someone with money, lots of money, should be above the law. why do they think they're above the law? money means nothing. or least, in my naive perception, it shouldn't mean a damn thing when it comes to the justice system. but i guess it does.

what is also sickening, though, is how much piblicity this bitch is getting over her incarceration. if it had been joe blow, say a hispanic juan blow, then we wouldn't give a crap. of course juan blow wouldn't be getting out for some medical situation. the home boy would be spending his time behind bars until his time was up.

the media is focusing so much attention on hilton. it's really frustrating. is that the best we can do? give me a freaking break. there is other news more important or more interesting, human interest or not. that poor woman killed earlier this week after being adducted from a target parking lot is barely even news. she's not rich enough and has no influence.

how shameful is the media for allowing a bitch like hilton to dictate what we see on the news. such asses.

go back to jail, paris. i'd say tack on another couple of months extra for being stupid.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

the dentist

where's tim conway and harvey corman when you need them?

this morning i went for my first dentist's visit in more than five years. yes, i am ashamed of that. we've had insurance but never made the time. but i've been having trouble with a wisdom tooth in my lower left side, so i figured it was time to go check it out.

krista gave me a ride over to the dentist that most people at the office seem to go see. addme to the list.

i was nervous as can be. as we neared the place, stopped, parked, and started walking in, my heart beat faster and faster. it's never like this when i see the doctor, though.

we sit down as i'm waiting to be called in and krista says, "there's that familiar smell." yes, there it was hanging in the air. it's smell of clean, antiseptic. i think all dentists' offices have that same smell.

then you hear the familiar sounds of machinery coming from the back. you get the thing that is smooth at the end that polishes, the metal rod with a hooked end that cuts away at the crud embedded in your teeth, the sucking machine that clears away all of the excess saliva that forms in the mouth while work's being done in there.

as i'm sitting there, i hear and smell these things and it's just not getting any better. i'm getting more nervous. then i'm called in.

the woman who helped me out was very nice, she took the initial x-rays. it all came back to me. they're these small wedge-shaped cardboard things you bite down on and it really jams right into the tender part of your mouth. yep, just like when i was a kid. it all came back to me.

the dentist came in. i got the younger of the two (the son). very nice guy. very talkative, friendly and it turns out he's one year and two days older than me.

after looking at the x-rays he determined that yes that tooth was a problem. it was embedded and pushing up against the one in front of it. and it was being hollowed ou. he explained that further decay would cause it rot out and the decay would go into the jaw. i don't want that, of course.

he found about five cavities, one is where the impacted (not embedded) tooth is. another is where a current filling is falling apart. my gumline is fine, except where that tooth is impacted. he poked at the gumline where the teeth meet it. love the gentle prods.

and so as i lay there staring up at the bright light over my head, mouth open, metal things poking around, i did feel my heart slow down. i finally relaxed. though, it took quite awhile.

i've always been nervous while at the dentist. i've never really had bad experiences there. i think i just get claustrophobic because i'm in the chair, can't move, and i've got my mouth open. i can't barely swallow saliva.

and so i am set up for an early morning appointment next week to get cleaning and some fillings put in. i'm also scheduled for a tooth extraction on june 25. yippee!!

i wil say this, i'm glad we've got insurance. whle we have to pay a portion of the cost, i'm glad we don't have to pay the total cost: $939. how's that for ya?

i wish this had been a carol burnett sketch so i could be laughing right now instead of crying. heh heh