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Category: dancing

06/22/11 06:43- ID#54549

Dancing in Fire at Voyage 3

(e:samathon1986) took this pic at the Voyage 3 festival the other day. Its hard to describe just how hot that fire was.

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Category: dentist

06/22/11 06:31- ID#54547

The New Tooth

Besides the weird nerve shooting pain from the drilling that has kind of lingered, the new tooth is amazing. It looks totally real and feels real in consistency and texture, unlike the old fake tooth. I honestly think you couldn't even tell.

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Category: dentist

06/20/11 08:50- ID#54542 pmobl

Having teeth crunched out hurts

Today I got the crappy infected metal crown from Advantage Dentistry removed and replaced with a ceremac one that is designed by a computer and milled in a 3D printer while you wait. I know the one was infected not just because it hurt but because it smelled gross when it wads removed, disgusting.

I wish so bad that I could have been knocked out for tthe crunching smashing part. The noise will be in my nightmares forever. Its almost like a really intensified version of the sound you hear when you accidentally get sand in your mouth.

To my dissatisfaction I ended up with a whole lot of metal splinter shrapnel in my cheek from when they sawed across the metal filling. I did't notice it at first because of the novacaine. Then my cheek started to hurt and when I ran my tongue against it it cut my tongue. So I looked in the mirror, thinking wtf can this be and I see all this "glitter" embedded in my cheek. It is not easy to tweezers metal splinters out of the inside top of your cheek.

The fun continues next Monday with more fillings. They couldn't so the opposing ones today bbecause it was hard to be sure of my bite with the novacaine.

The tooth itself hurts so frickin bad right now I can't even concentrate. There are these awful random zinging pains. I hope this is not normal. I am taking tylenol PM now and calling it a day.

I wish I could take back all of the candy I ate as a child at this point.

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Category: music

06/18/11 09:28- ID#54529 pmobl

Voyage 3 is awesome

The sound systems are awesome in the mountain. Three fires are huge. I actually think the location might be better than wemf.

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Category: insurance

06/18/11 03:21- ID#54524

GHI Dental Insurance Sucks and so does Advantage Dentistry on Elmwood in Kenmore

Since I have had GHI, I have been to two different in-plan dentists and both have not worked out for me. Considering what every other dentist says about GHI, it makes me think they are crap.

The first in plan dentist was Dr. McClure on Utica. The place seemed dusty/dirty which I found gross for a dentists office and I got sick both time I went. So did "she who will remain nameless", so it is not just me being picky. I have been to the dentist so many times before, I was never sick afterwards accept there. Not only that he tried to talk me into like $6000 worth of braces at his friends practice, something no other dentist has ever mentioned me needing.

Needless to say I stopped and went back to my family dentist in Kenmore which I liked much better. Sadly, they did not take GHI, so after one checkup and a filling I decided to try another in network dentist, figuring it can't be all bad.

I tried "Advantage Dentistry" on elmwood in Kenmore and they totally fucked up my teeth. Not only did the dentist give me a shitty cheap metal crown which I am allergic to, he fucked it up so bad that food gets stuck under it, a month after I got it, a piece of the cement got lodged in my gums, he accidentally drilled/chippped the tooth behind it which now needs to be repaired, as the chip, led to a hole, which became a cavity. Then there is the orange tongue drama started right after I got the crown (e:paul,54192) . I went back for a cleaning and complained about the orange tongue, the metal taste and the fact that my gums were receding around the new crown wherever the metal was sticking out. They said we could monitor it for next time. Maybe it was just a reaction to the cement?!

Even the ADA site says, "While porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations are highly biocompatible, some patients may show an allergic sensitivity to some types of metals used in the restoration." Well, I am one of those patients! What a surprise considering I am allergic to just about everything and told them that at the onset.

I hate that place so much. Not only that, they kept trying to get me to get mercury fillings which have the exact same kind of metals.

So I decided to try another out of network dentist. There happens to be one right across the street from me and it the office seemed nice and high tech, clean, and they don't do mercury dentistry. I thought it was a perfect match. Problem is they don't take GHI and GHI covers such a small part of the bill. I don't understand how this works. I had a dentist check up that cost $75 and GHI will only cover $19 despite my supposed $2300/year allowance. Here you can see their 2009 health benefits breakdown

No wonder the in network dentists are so shitty. They are basically doing an examination for $19.

To me it seems its not worth having dental insurance. Whatever someone (I or the state) has paid over the last 5 years must be more than I am getting out of it. I am going to see if I can cancel it and just buy private insurance or just pay out of pocket. I mean in the long run, I think they are winning.

According to this 2001 article (I know out of date but it was all I could find) the state is paying for the benefits and really they only pay the in network dentists the amount they reimburse me, meaning they work for nothing, which to me translates to shitty dentists.

The reason for the disparity in access to par dentists is clear: the State refuses to pay more for employee dental benefits and as a result, the fee schedule is so low that par dentists leave the plan when they no longer have to compete for patients. You must remind our members that New York State pays the entire premium for dental benefits. Despite widespread belief to the contrary, PEF members do not contribute to the premium and union dues do not pay for dental benefits either. It is the State's own decision to hold down its costs that prevents the fee schedule from being more realistic and making the dental plan a program acceptable to more dentists.



I would rather get involved in a group plan that we all contribute to but has better coverage.

I have left the network twice and each time the other dentists are way better and can't believe any other dentist would accept GHI. Its just now I have $2000 worth of work scheduled, $1200 of which is fixing the fuckup (broken crown, massive gap between teeth, chipped tooth) from advantage dentistry, argh! I almost want to sue them but its not worth the lawyer for the amount of money.
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Category: pets

06/18/11 02:04- ID#54523 pmobl

Bath n Shine

I gave Basra a bath and shined him up with olive oil. He looks so different polished.

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Category: garden

06/18/11 01:07- ID#54519

Before and after in the garden

There was so much crap to clear out.

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The rabbit and (e:tinypliny) stopped by along the way.

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Category: music

06/18/11 12:58- ID#54518

Voyage 3 Weekend Music Festival

I cannot wait till tomorrow night. A camping, dancing adventure awaits.

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Category: web

06/17/11 11:16- ID#54516

Popular Science

Popular science published its magazine as a chrome web app . It seems to work ok in other browsers.

It was a pretty awesome experience flipping through the magazine on the TV and the stories were pretty good. There is also an angry birds app - It also works in firefox.
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Category: pets

06/17/11 10:32- ID#54515

Golden Greek Tortoise

I always want to get another sulcata but I can't because they just get to big. Then today I found a kind of tortoise that stays relatively small at 6-7" and is very similar looking to a baby sulcata. Its called a greek golden tortoise . Then I found this site saying golden greeks are not a type of tortoise

Here it is in all its cuteness. I would name it creme puff.
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I take it back, nothing is as cute as a baby sulcata.
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