So, the US stereotype of "person with bad teeth" is generally some combination of poor (for accurate reasons), drug-addicted, back-country stupid hick.
Talking to friends tonight I realized I had to BECOME a back country hick to get good dental care. I didn't have dental insurance until I moved here, two counties over from where they filmed Deliverance. (Not even a little bit kidding.)
But also it is SO GODDAMN EXPENSIVE in this FUCKING COUNTRY to take care of your stupid mouth bones even though it impacts your whole body health. And we look down on people who don't have perfect teeth so hard that even I, who knows better, am having "I am a failure" feels.
Teeth are so fucking fraught. I've come to grips with the fact that I'll probably need implants, plural, multiple, just because half my.. over half? my family has them by a certain age, and I am approaching that age, and we just have bad teeth. It's just a thing.
Sometimes it's the small things. When things are out of control and I feel afraid and threatened and I can't do anything about it, I clean. That, I can do. A messy kitchen, I can fix. And now I have a kitchen set up for food prep. (Plus the dehydrator's been sitting for a month.)
I asked him after he'd finished ranting about a couple ways I could think of to have that interaction without violating HIPAA laws, and he agreed/clarified that there were ways that did not involve violating rules about patient information, but you had to be careful.
But... yeah. Even when you also work in the hospital and you're asking about the status of a friend, the friend is not your patient, you are not asking for legit medical reasons, and there's certain questions your co-workers can't answer, I guess.
I don't suppose there's such a thing out there as a workout app that lets you just put in the names of your exercises and how many sets of how many reps you do and keeps track of them like, basically, a glorified notepad that makes charts.
I'd like to make a concerted attempt at building back my capoeira muscles specifically, but most workout apps don't play well with words like "negativa" and "raba de raira" and so on.
Suddenly realized I probably shouldn't go to the Basilica to ask about historical catholic iconography in this shirt. https://teefury.com/products/tee-mens-basic-cute-but-psycho
It's a boon having supportive friends.
Me: Oh BLESS the senior dev knew exactly where to look and what to look for and it WAS a simple fix.
BFF2: And now you have taken many notes and learned a thing?
Me: YEP! Bless her, she even included a screencap of where the problem was.
BFF1: I wish to point out that every time you're swearing at a bug, it's been "oh. that was a weird fucker" when you get answers.
Me: ... so what you're saying is I'm good at my job and the brainweasels should shut it?
Author, programmer, capoeirista
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