This will be one of those weeks . Tomorrow , after several months of the Presidential Campaign Reality Show , which , in my opinion , wasn’t very good , we Americans finally get to have it behind us . I’ll vote tomorrow , but I know that many people have already voted . Some of those people around Los Angeles waited in lines for hours at the few early voting locations to cast their vote a few days early . Good for them ,I guess .
I’d walk over to the local middle school tomorrow to vote , but I’m going on a field trip with some of the other volunteers at the Gilb Museum of Arcadia Cultural Heritage tomorrow morning , so I plan to drive over to the polling place and then drive to the museum . Gilb Museum of Arcadia Cultural Heritage . Sounds impressive , doesn’t it !
So , what does a bus driver do on his day off ? Yeah , the old ‘busman’s holiday’ saying applies . He drives a car full of people here or there . So , we museum people are visiting another museum for our field trip .
On Thursday I have an appointment with the dentist . Actually , recently he has hired a young woman who I see . That is , she takes my case . She cleans my teeth and then tries to sell me deep cleanings and other thises or thats . It irritated me at first , mostly because I fell right away for some compromised version of the deep cleaning procedure . That cost me a couple of hundred more than I had planned , and I did my homework only later and found out that this particular procedure was most likely totally unnecessary . I was a sucker for the scare tactic sales pitch . The scare tactic that she used worked on me like a charm . Oh well .
So , when I get this election out of the way , and the dentist visit out of the way , I should be okay . Oh , the dentist himself makes an appearance nowadays after the cleaning . Otherwise I wouldn’t see him at all . I suppose he comes in to say hello so that he can legitimately charge me for a ‘dentist’ visit . He used to do the work himself , and I liked him . Painless . But then he moved his office into a fancy-schmancy building near Santa Anita Racetrack . I’m sure that the lease is astronomical , and I suppose he can’t stand around anymore cleaning teeth and chit-chatting . He’s got a business to run !
Ada and I went to a couple of Indian casinos last week with a couple of good friends who love to gamble . They get comped rooms and meal coupons and free stuff because they spend so much time in the casinos . Sometimes Ada and I tag along with them when they offer us a free room . I’m not a gambler by any means , and those places bore me , but I’m so
cheap frugal-minded I’ll take my friends up on the free hotel room offer . I usually have a couple of beers at one of the casino bars and watch the peculiar habits of the gambling hordes while I wait for Ada and our friends to lose their money and return , or I swim in the pool when there is one .Well , they win sometimes , too ; but those casinos aren’t in business just to give out free stuff , and that pool doesn’t pay for itself .
So , it occurred to me today that life events all tie together : the election , the dentist , the gambling . There are bound to be a few winners , a winner here and there if only for the moment , but it’s mostly losers who roam around , but they seem to be having fun ; and even though I almost don’t see my dentist ,and he no longer works on my teeth , I still say ” I’m going to the dentist “. Well , okay , we won’t include the dentist when we are figuring out how life events all tie together . Maybe the dentist isn’t fitting in there very well .
I’ll be happy when this election is finally over , though , along with some other people , I’m sure . Being bombarded with all of that nonsense for all those months was , what , difficult , like pulling teeth . I’ll bet the election doesn’t solve the country’s problems , though . The whole place , the government , the politicians, the corporations , the people , the entire shootin’ match , might need a deep cleaning .