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Wow. Apparently today is the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl. Things keep happening to make me realize how old I am. 25 years since Chernobyl? Really?

Went to the dentist (Rockridge Dental) today for a cleaning ... and they told me it had been almost 4 years since they'd last seen me. Whuh? I guess I lost track of time! I grew up always going to the dentist for a cleaning twice a year, but I haven't been as vigilant about my dental health since moving to the Bay Area. Today's results: still no cavities (huzzah!), but the hygienist couldn't finish the cleaning in only one session, because apparently tartar is a real fan of my teeth (and I don't even like tartar sauce!), so we had to schedule another appointment in a couple weeks. Fun fun fun.

The über-cool hygienist (Elizabeth, the same hygienist I've been seeing for about a decade) is around my age, and we got to talking about music from the 80's, and then Depeche Mode specifically. We were being total DM geeks, talking about their different albums, their different songs, their different tours, etc. Then we found ourselves stumped, trying to remember the name of one of DM's biggest albums, but all we could come up with were various *songs* from that album: "People Are People," "Master and Servant," "Blasphemous Rumours," etc. (Hey! I just noticed that all of those song titles are composed of 5 syllables! Coincidence?) I found myself just randomly listing DM albums I'd once owned on vinyl: "Construction Time Again? No, that's not it. Speak and Spell? Definitely not, too early. Violator was that one in the early '90's. Black Celebration? No. Grrr!" I hate it when I can't remember something like that! A little while after we abandoned the topic, though, the album title jumped into my head: Some Great Reward. It was a fabulous album. I think it's second only to Violator on my fave DM albums list.

I told Elizabeth that the only thing that really bothered me about the cleaning was that we couldn't continue talking while it happened. :)

I'm going to try to do the dentist thing more regularly, so that the situation doesn't get so out of hand in the future. Once a year should do it, I would think.

On my way home from the dentist's office, I picked up a pizza at Zachary's, because they have brought back my favorite seasonal pie: The Super Veggie! Zucchini, yellow squash, red bell pepper, white corn, broccoli, etc. It's fab.

I'll just make sure to brush and floss after my pizza splurge.

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