Lacking Wisdom

8 April 2013

Reprinted from May 17th, 2010



Have you had your wisdom teeth removed?  I have.  And I have the stories to share.


I think it was back in ’89 that I had to have my wisdom teeth pulled.  My plan of attack was to have my upper and lower wisdom teeth pulled from my right side first.  That way, at least I could chew on my left side, right?  No, I mean left side, correct?


So I made my appointment with the surgeon and Paula drove me to the office.  The surgeon numbed me up good and started getting to work.  My wisdom teeth were impacted, meaning that they were already pushing against my molars.  And it was under my gums so the doctor had to first cut my gums to get to them.  With my eyes closed and ears open, I could only guess what he was doing.


I heard him drilling into my tooth again and again – like he was trying to split it into two pieces.  Then with his pliers, he grabbed them.  I could hear crunching as he twisted and pulled the pieces out.  Then he stitched up the gums and repeated the whole process again on the lower tooth.


After it was all done, I had a wad of gauze to soak up the blood, and an ice pack to hold on to the side of my face to keep the swelling down.


Then we headed to the pharmacy to pick up some Tylenol 3 (the one with codeine).


Even though I took the medicine before the pain wore off, it didn’t help.  And it took all night before the bleeding finally stopped.


All week I had to use a curved syringe after each meal to rinse out any food particles that might have gotten in the puka where my tooth used to be.  It hurt like the dickens (okay, it hurt like something else) when the pointed tip of the curved syringe just touched the affected area.  But I survived.  I returned in 1 week to have the stitches removed.


Then around 6 months later, I went back to have the 2 wisdom teeth from the other side removed.  I figured I was a veteran at it so I wasn’t going to play it up too much.  I was prepared.  Pretty routine.  Numb, cut the gum, drill the tooth into two and pull out the pieces.




The upper one came out without a problem.  But when it came to the lower one…


When I heard the surgeon grunting as he was trying to remove the lower tooth, I should’ve know something was up.  Then he brought out a hammer.  Yes, a hammer.  As his pliers grabbed my tooth, he began hammering the pliers upwards to get that tooth out.  He was determined.  I ended up with a black and blue jaw.  I could actually see the bruise along the jaw line of my face.


My mouth was packed with gauze again, and I was holding the ice pack against my face again as I left.


But I was relieved.  All my wisdom teeth were out and I won’t have to go through such an ordeal ever again.


A week later I returned to get the stitches removed.  I was feeling good.  I pressed the elevator button with a smile.  When the door opened, I saw a girl coming out – holding an ice pack to her face.


That was the quickest I ever lost a smile.


Did you have your wisdom teeth extracted?  What was your experience like?  How about a root canal?  That’s one thing I’m not looking forward to (knock on wood).  We want to hear your stories.



Coming up this Sunday (4/14/13) – a benefit for our own Sassydog




I remember seeing these around back in the 70’s.  My friend’s sisters used to make flowers.  Of course we never had this in my house of testosterone.  But I used to see it in Pete’s Model Crafts and other hobby shops and thought that they were so cool!


Eventually, the fragile film on the flowers tore and the masterpieces were thrown away.


Fast forward to the 90’s when I started going to Dr. Tagami for dental work.  In the room where the dental hygienist would lay the chair flat and I’d be looking towards the ceiling for an hour, right in the corner – was a hanging mobile of fish – made with this transparent film!  Wow, talk about a flashback.


I inquired about it but they said that it was there when Dr. Tagami took over the practice.  A couple of the fishes were torn and they eventually threw it out.  I use to look for it every time I went for my cleaning.  Bummer.
Then a few months ago, I stumbled upon the Dip-A-Flower picture.  So that’s what it’s called.  I tried searching for it for a number of hours but without knowing the name of the thing, I came up blank.


I found out that there were even instruction books made about dip filming.



Now I want some.


And it just so happens that there are places that still sell it!  It’s just that these places are located in the UK and I’m not sure if they ship to the U.S.  Or if it’s a banned substance in the U.S.



Check out how fun and easy it is to do.  Of course you have to dress in retro-wear when you do it.



Do you remember Dip-A-Flower?  Maybe you had a set growing up?  Do you know where I can get some? 😉




April is gearing up to be an active month for music!


Coming up in just a couple of weeks on April 6, 2013 – a benefit for the Ronald McDonald House featuring the sounds of LS34 band.


Sassydog is still battling her illness and could use our help.  There will be a fundraiser on April 14, 2013 at Ige’s.  Come on out and enjoy the music and the delicious foods – but more importantly – show your support for Sharon.  She needs us.


And to wrap up April – the Hawaii Bone Marrow Donor Registry is having their Give to Live – “Miracles with Aloha” function on April 26, 2013.


Let me know if you need tickets for any or all of these events!


Fly the friendly skies… of United“.  Living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific ocean means that a trip to the mainland will take at least 5 hours.  So the Thursday 3 questions are:


  1. Do you dread or enjoy the time in the air?
  2. What do you do to occupy the time in the air?
  3. What tips do you have to share with us about flying?


Okay, here’s my replies:


  1. Do you dread or enjoy the time in the air?
    I used to dread it.  That is until I heard this guy explaining how much he enjoys it.  He said “Think about it – it’s like you have 5 hours to just relax and cruise.  Try doing that at home – no can!  There’s too much stuffs that needs to be done!“.  That got me thinking – he’s got a point.  And then it dawned on me; it’s all about attitude.  You can dread it or you can enjoy it – but either way – you’ll have to get though it so you might as well make the best of it.
  2. What do you do to occupy the time in the air?
    I listen to music with my iPod and ear-buds.  I very rarely watch the movie or read.  Mostly I sleep – albeit not a very sound sleep.  More like little 1/2 hour to 1 hour cat-naps.  Unless it’s an early morning return flight home from Las Vegas and I stayed up all night – then that flight is just 1 quick trip because I’m sleeping the whole way back.
    Maybe the next time I’ll load up my iPad with some movies and music videos (concerts) to watch.  Only thing is – there needs to by a USB plug to keep the iPad charged up as the videos suck a lot of battery.  I believe it’s Hawaiian Air’s Airbus airplanes that have USB ports available on each seat.
  3. What tips do you have to share with us about flying?
    Get a pair of some slip-on shoes – the kind without the back part.When passing though the TSA check-point, it’s a breeze to just slip these puppies off and put them in the tray.  Then after they come out of the x-ray machine – just slide right back into them.  No need to hobble over to the seating area to tie laces or try to slip your heel back in.
    And when you’re in the air – you can slip your feet out of them for comfort.  btw, did you know that your feet swell up when you’re in the air?  That’s why your already big luau-feet has a harder time fitting back into your shoes.  But these slip-on kine aren’t so restrictive and allows room for your expanded footsies.
    Yeah, okay.  So the shoes might look a little dorky.  But we don’t care.  We’re MLC.  We prefer comfort over looks.  Right?


Okay, your turn to answer the Thursday 3 questions.  And feel free to share any related stories, tips, etiquette, etc. about flying the friendly skies…




Another benefit event is coming up to help MLC member “sassydog” to help with her medical bills.



And just a couple of weeks away on April 6th with LS34 band to benefit the Ronald McDonald House


Remember “Weekly Reader” from elementary school?



Weekly Reader’ Shuts Down; Scholastic Lays off 55
July 24, 2012


It’s a sad day in school rooms and for those of us who grew up with it, we’re shedding a proverbial tear, too. Weekly Reader, a staple for 100 years, is going to cease its operations and fold into Scholastic News.


As reported by The New York Post, Scholastic purchased the school newspaper and they’re going to fold it into Scholastic News.  The 60 employees at their White Plains, N.Y. location will be whittled down to five.


Sadly, the demise of the weekly pub follows the footsteps we’ve seen all too recently with other publications as well. As pointed out in the piece, they were struggling with print world challenges and were under pressure to create digital editions. Add decreased school budgets into the mix along with the new owners, thereby creating the perfect storm.


Weekly Reader and its predecessor, My Weekly Reader, have roots back to the original launch in 1902! They were read by two-thirds of children in grammar school and if that wasn’t enough, it was read by 13 million subscribers ranging from all of its editions from pre-school age through 12th graders.


A Scholastic spokesperson told the newspaper, “We are confident that the combined Scholastic News/Weekly Reader team will now offer an even better news and information experience in print and digital formats for teachers and students.”


I remember Weekly Reader from elementary school!  I don’t recall reading it, but I remember seeing it around (I was never much of a “reader”).  IIRC, the teacher used to pass them out to the class every now and then and we’d get to take them home.  But you know what?  I don’t ever remember carrying books home from elementary school.  I probably just folded the Weekly Reader up and stuffed it into my pants pocket.







Do you remember Weekly Reader or My Weekly Reader in elementary school?  Do you remember doing the puzzles or making the craft items?  Did you know that Weekly Reader was even still being printed (until now, that is)?



Don’t forget – the fundraiser for Sassydog happens this Sunday!  You can bet that Paula and I will be there!

Did you catch the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics?  Quite the history lesson, eh?


But I started to wake up when they hit the Digital Age and the bands from the British Invasion.  What’s the British Invasion you ask?


British Invasion is an term used to describe the many rock and pop performers from the United Kingdom who became popular in the United States during the mid-1960s.


So I thought we’d list songs from the other side of the pond.  I’m not limiting it to just the “Invasion” period of the mid-60’s but from all eras.  And not just British but from anywhere Across the Pond.


I’ll get the party started:











Okay, ‘nough already.  I could go on forever.  Wait, one more favorite:




Speaking of music – This Sunday at Ige’s.  A benefit for our own MLCer: Sassydog!  Contact me for ticket information.






The Summer Olympics begins this Friday.  16 days of continuous Olympic events.  So I thought we’d do a Thursday 3 about the Olympics.



You know the drill – just answer the questions.


  1. Are you planning on watching/following the Olympic games?
  2. What is your favorite event in the Summer Olympics?
  3. Being that the Summer Olympics are held every 4 years, what do you remember about previous Summer Olympic years: 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1960, 1956, 1952, 1948, 1944, etc.?


Here’s my replies:


  1. Are you planning on watching/following the Olympic games?
    I plan on watching some, mostly during prime time television.  I may tape some of my favorite events, although my DVR is pretty full with shows that I’ve recorded but haven’t watched yet.  * I have the whole season of “Smash” recorded.  Is that show worth watching?  Also, has “Pan Am” been cancelled?  If so, maybe I won’t watch the episodes I’ve recorded.
  2. What is your favorite event in the Summer Olympics?
    I like Gymnastics, Athletics (Track & Field), Diving, and Swimming.  Oh yeah, and the opening and closing ceremonies!
  3. Being that the Summer Olympics are held every 4 years, what do you remember about previous Summer Olympic years: 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, 1988, 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972, 1968, 1964, 1960, 1956, 1952, 1948, 1944, etc.?
    2008 – Midlife Crisis blog was born at The Honolulu Advertiser
    2000 – Started working at Hawaii Newspaper Agency
    1988 – I became a daddy
    1984 – Started to settle down
    1980 – Wrapping up college, motto: Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
    1976 – Graduated Kailua High School
    1972 – A great year for music, learned to surf, became independent

Okay, now your turn…



Don’t forget, Sassydog needs our help and support!


Volleymom2 recently emailed me about doing post on Slam Books.  Here’s one that I dug up from the archives that was posted over 3 years ago.

May 20th, 2009 by Rodney Lee


With the end of the school year right around the corner, it got me thinking of yearbooks and how we’d pass around our yearbooks and have our friends and classmates sign it.


Well, NKHEA brought up the idea of a different kind of book that was passed around after being signed: SLAM BOOKS.


Maybe it was “before my time” but I’ve never heard of Slam Books.  A little Google of it revealed that it was usually a spiral bound notebook with a question that people answered and passed on for others to reply too.  Kinda like a blog.


There were a couple of explanations of why it was called a Slam Book.  For one, people would write nasty things about others, thus “slamming” that person. But it didn’t always have mean-spirited questions to comment on.  Sometimes it’d be innocent questions like “What is your favorite movie?”.


Another definition was that schools frowned upon these books and so when a faculty member came around, kids would “slam” the book shut.


Do you remember Slam Booksl?  I’m sure NKHEA will share his memories of Slam Books.  How about you too?  Share with us your memories of Slam Books.  Maybe some of the questions that were listed.  Or maybe the time you got caught with one.  Enlighten me.



This is NOT from the archives…


We have a fundraiser coming up on Sunday (Aug. 5, 2012) for our own Sassydog.  If you’re free on that day, please join us at Ige’s.  Or if you can’t make it, donations are also being accepted.