..by Anura Guruge
Long term readers of this blog may recall that I did mention in mid-January that we were in the market for a ‘Emmi-Dent‘ toothbrush given that our second high-end ‘ultrasonic‘, in this instance a Philips, had bitten the dust.
The Emmi-Dent is the only toothbrush that I can find that is truly ultrasonic, i.e., it generates bona fide ultrasonic waves to breakthrough plaque, stains and other oral crud. Other toothbrushes, including the Philips, that claim to be ‘ultrasonic’ are not really ultrasonic! They just vibrate at high speeds which enable them to make that misleading claim. I had known about that deception for years, but was foiled in being able to find a true ultrasonic. A few years ago there was a $400 model but it had, for what I guess are obvious reasons, gone bust.
Deanna loves it, unconditionally. She went to the dentist for cleaning and check up recently and was even told that her teeth are in good shape. Deanna uses it for about 5 minutes a day, across (at least) two ‘brushings’.
I, alas, am not convinced. U.S. dentist hate my teeth. When I go to the ‘dentist’ I don’t even get a visit by the dentist. The hygienist just cleans my teeth and I get charged a small fortune. Since the dentist poking his/her head into ask if everything is ‘OK’ adds another $40 to the bill, I am glad that they leave me alone. The problem is that I have teeth like a horse. As a dentist in Lowell, MA told in the 1980s, “I will never make any money off your teeth”. I also kind of look after my teeth, albeit not with the same dedication and effort as does Deanna. Though I watch TV or read a magazine while I brush, 2 minutes is tops for me.
My problem is my daily, unvarying diet of two cups (at least) of coffee (sometimes black), one (rather large) glass of diluted red wine and (at least) two cups of tea (one, always caffeinated black Ceylon tea). So I always sport a healthy patina of stain across my teeth. The Emmi-Dent is supposed to be a champ at removing such stains. I am not convinced. I still have stains and I can’t honestly say that the Emmi-Dent has minimized them.
I have another problem. With the Emmi-Dent you do NOT brush. You hold the brush against your teeth and let the ultrasonic waves and the nano-bubbles from the toothpaste do their magic. I am not convinced that this works. I filled up the sink and put the toothbrush under the water to see if I could detect the waves. Nada.
There are certain bodily functions in which I like friction. Brushing my teeth is one of them. Coincidentally or otherwise I noticed that my gums, atypically, were getting irritated. I didn’t have to go to the dentist and fork over $220 to know what was causing this. I knew my gums were missing their friction-based stimulation. Easy enough to fix. We have a stash of toothbrushes — most of them given to us by the dentist’s office. So I started using a regular toothbrush BEFORE I used the Emmi-Dent. Gums, as I suspected, were cured in days.
I just ordered two tubes of the mandatory toothpaste. It is not a cheap hobby given that they charge $5 for shipping and it is effectively a monopoly, in that it all comes, in the end, from the same U.S. distributor. So, that is where we are. I can’t, in good faith, endorse it. Deanna will, in a heartbeat.
..by Anura Guruge
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We plan to go this year. We have not been to this event in Meredith in a long time. We are all avid pickers. It is difficult for us to drive by a yard or garage sale without stopping. The Alton Town Wide Yard Sale (on June 1 this year) goes on our calendar months ahead of time and we try to never miss it — even going out in the rain a couple of years ago and picking up some ‘good’ stuff. Our biggest problem is lack of space! I am an eclectic, impulsive collector with no rhyme or reason. If it catches my fancy and the price is right I buy it. Then we have to find a place to put it, and that is the problem. Of late I am into toys not that I ever lost my interest in toys. About a month ago we stopped, by habit, a Saturday yard sale not far from home. There was only one thing that caught my eye. It was this 3′ model:
They were asking an extremely fair price — though I actually didn’t have that amount of cash on me. There was a little boy around. I asked him whether he wanted to keep it. The Mum and Dad were both adamant that they didn’t have the time to build it. I told them about all the models of ships and planes I build for my son — and how he took over. They still were not convinced. We told them to hold it till we rushed home and came back with a checkbook When we came back, I again tried to convince them to keep it. No, they didn’t want. So, I wrote them a check. I am in the process of building it. It is a bit tricky. Helps that I have built 20 or so model ships, including the Titanic. Not sure where I am going to put it when it is finished. It really is 3′ long. No, I am not going to tell you how much I paid for it.
This model, though it was a ‘pick’, was by no means my best pick. Four years ago at the Alton Town Wide I saw this Lego kit, unopened, at a house not far from Alton Central School.
I asked the lady how much she wanted for it. I won’t embarrass anybody by saying what she said. I was shocked. I asked her whether she realized that it was a collectible. She said that it might be but that she was not interested. She went onto say that she had bought it a ‘few’ years ago as a birthday present for one of her son’s friends but it had not worked out. She had kept it and now she wanted to sell it. I asked her twice more whether she really wanted to sell it. She was adamant. I handed over what she wanted. I did not bargain as I sometimes do. When she gave me the box I took it and ran to the car. I could not believe it. Yes, I checked it on eBay when we got home. Deanna told me to list it. I said: “Heck no. I am going to build it. Plus it would not be right.” It was great fun to build. A bit fiddly and some parts didn’t fit that well. But, what a model. So, I go to all yard sales hoping that I might find another great pick like one of these.
..by Anura Guruge
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Some of you may have noticed that the ‘Countdown to Key Events’ box on the sidebar (>>>>) has been set to tick down towards May 24, 2013, Vesak in Sri Lanka — that being when Full Moon for May starts there.
This video from a Sri Lanka travel site, http://www.lanka.com, provides a keen overview.
cf. Christmas lights in Manchester, NH, and remember that Sri Lanka is a poor, third world country recovering from a 20 year, civil war.