* In the gloaming I sit waiting for my turn. Traffic snaking up the hill toward me appears like so many jewels.
* I enter the office dreading the procedure then remind myself of the competency of my pony tailed dentist--her name was a Civil War battle. Such a cheerful, sweet smelling place! I wonder if I can put the super comfy chair into my pocket and take it home with me. A hygienist passes the doorway singing a Billy Joel song. I am immersed in the technology and techniques of the day's work so much so that I forget to gag. Four hours later I leave with a new crown.
* "Mahalo for removing shoes."