24 April 2008

Economic stimulus

I can't believe this cost me $500. I could have bought half a Long Haul Trucker with that.*

Hopefully it means fewer cavities in the future, though. Damn my delicate, aristocratic facial bones, they're nothing but a headache.

In other news, this, which I have a feeling we're going to see a lot today. Wag o' the nagging finger for breaking the safety rules (tsk tsk), but tip o' the helmet for coming up with something creative and relatively harmless (no potential injury or property damage involved) and then accepting their punishment.

*By the way, what's with everyone asking me if I'm looking for a "complete" bike? What would I do with only half of one?


At 24 April, 2008 13:16, Blogger Amy said...

So romantic too and its just so hip to have the denture box and cleaner in your bathroom.
But if you wear it you don't grind and it will save you much more money avoiding crowns etc. (At least that is what I hope) mine almost had to be replaced when I took it camping/kayaking and it got squashed.

At 24 April, 2008 13:57, Blogger Eric Allix Rogers said...

Ugh, night guards. I had to get one last year too, but I haven't been good about wearing it, what with all my oral-nasal-sinus problems lately. I grind my teeth terribly, though, which was causing damage to the teeth as well as TMJ problems. Sometimes I wish I could just replace my mouth with a food processor or something, which seems like it would require less obnoxious, expensive, and ultimately futile maintenance.

At 24 April, 2008 19:01, Blogger David Johnsen said...

Sheesh, does everybody use those things these days? One of our dogs chewed up my first one just a week after I got it -- he's lucky I didn't have him euthanized! (I assume your insurance, like mine, didn't contribute even a penny.) My dentist said eventually I'd be able to use it just a few times a month, but she was wrong. Eight years later, I still need it every night -- if I fall asleep without it, I wake up with a sore jaw.

I'll assume your footnote question wasn't rhetorical and answer: some hardcore bike geeks like to buy just the frame and install their own components (or have a mechanic do it), sometimes because they happen to have extra parts lying around but usually because they want a set-up that the manufacturer doesn't offer. Not all bike manufacturers have a frame-only option, but Surly does. Generally, it's much cheaper to buy a complete bike rather than a frame plus components because the manufacturer pays less than retail for components.

At 24 April, 2008 19:38, Blogger Jennifer said...

No, it was not a rhetorical question. I've just been nodding and saying "yes," but I've been awfully tempted to say something like "Nah, I don't need any of that fancy stuff like a seat or or a front wheel, it'll just gets stolen anyway." Now I feel silly.


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