(This blog draft has been 5/6 of the way ready to publish for a few days now...so it's a little late.)
photo c/o shortpumpretty.com
I immediately pulled over across from the UTD campus. A truck was pulling out right as I got out of the car. The man inside rolled down his window and asked if i needed help. "Yes. I do." He got out and starting changing the tire. A friend of his pulled up a minute later and said he had a better jack. They had the donut tire on in minutes. They told me that the donut looked low and made sure I had a plan as to what I was going to do. They told me where the closest tire place was and left.
I drove across the street to pick up the books before heading to the tire store. I could feel that my donut tire was flat before I even saw it. (Tessa made sure to tell the girl we picked books up from that she was hungry. She then asked for a doughnut. Little confused after all this talk about a donut.) So, emergency lights on, we slowly went on our way toward Discount Tires. A guy pulled up next to me at one of the stop lights and honked for my attention. "Do you need any help?" he asked. I told him I was on my way to Discount Tires. He made sure I knew the way and even made sure I got there okay before he sped off.
They helped me out at the tire store, and after a little over an hour at the nearby McDonald's (nothing like trying to figure out what your 6 month old is okay to eat at Micky D's) and having Jake join us after work, I was on my home. Before I left, though, the tire guy made sure my donut was fixed for any future use.
I felt so taken care of.
Third. I went in to get a crown done on Thursday. That can be an unpleasant and expensive visit. My dentist and staff took such good care of me. I went with a dentist who came highly recommended. I know why. Dr. Pollard likes his patients to know what is going on with their teeth. I appreciate that.
photo c/o brucefongsblog
Although still expensive, they made the whole experience as positive as possible. It's never fun to have your mouth wrenched open for a couple of hours so a drill can grind down your tooth. However, when they make sure you are comfortable with a pillow, warm enough with a blanket, adequately lip moisturized, in control regarding how much nasty nitro you inhale, skip the temporary crown and make and bond the permanent tooth right there in the office, it makes it easier. They also injected some stuff where I'd been numbed to make it de-numb faster.
Then to top it all off, they gave me a strawberry shake on the way out. And a flower. I briefly wondered if I should hug everyone in the office and thank them for the date.
And now I have one crown that looks like it belongs in my mouth and was worth the expense......and one crown that doesn't from about 7 years ago. Your days are numbered, Terrible Crown o mine.