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Sinister Spanish, and the subway

Out to Sheepshead Bay today to our dentist. Son was the one in the chair. Dentist would have taken me, if he had time. But there was not time, so I am to come back for another visit.

Husband did not go today, although he needs the most work done. He was in Manhattan taking his final exam in Differential Equations. I am sure he would have preferred a  nice extraction.   He likes the dentist because he can sleep in the chair. They put the chair back, and he is out. He does not care what they do as long as they let him sleep. He can sleep through a root canal. I have seen him do it. Despite the in your face nature of dental work, I am always interested in the cool gadgets they have. Every year the dentists seem to have better stuff. This one has the X-ray where you stick your head in a box and they shoot from all angles at once.

So I sat there as they drilled, and did my Spanish.

This lesson had some good sentences.

'She drinks the oil'

'The lamp has no oil'  (Well, of course not, she drank it. Also why are they using oil lamps anyway?)

But then:

'She knows the code.'

'She has the disc.'


'The petroleum is ours!'

This is turning into sort of a spy story, maybe. Or maybe I just have spies on the brain from thinking about Marlowe.

I had a nice long subway ride. I was able to watch people and wonder about them. The man sitting across from me was a young Hispanic guy, He was holding an ice-pack against his face. He looked very sad. I was thinking--maybe he has been to the dentist too. Maybe they took his wisdom teeth out. Maybe he has been in a fight. I will never know.

And i saw a Hasidic man give up his seat for a woman in a hijab who had two little kids. She smiled up at him and he tipped his hat like a cowboy.

Also I saw one woman help another carry a stroller down the stairs. The baby sat inside like a little beetle in a flower. She waved as she passed me down the stairs.

So this going to be Memorial Day weekend. We are not going anywhere, or doing anything in particular. Daughter has no school Monday. It has been very hot, like summer is really getting going. Early this year. It had actually been pretty uncomfortable the last few days, then today the heat broke with rain. Maybe that is why everyone seemed so happy and friendly.


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May. 24th, 2013 06:51 am (UTC)
wonderful images: the hat-tip, and the beetle in the flower... thank you for those.
May. 24th, 2013 09:18 am (UTC)
Perhaps it's because I'm in a very good mood this morning and have already giggled at "sneezing animals" clips, but your post really made me laugh. The Spanish spy novel is fabulous. "She drinks the oil" made be code for something, who knows.

The hat-tipping encounter between the Hasidic man and the woman might be the sweetest thing ever.
May. 24th, 2013 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yes. Good manners and kind acts, alive and kicking in rainy New York!
Oct. 4th, 2016 12:28 pm (UTC)
It sounds like one of those priceless moments that happens in movies. How fun to see it in real life!
May. 24th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
Your husband slept through a root canal?>?? I want some of his drugs!! I have so much adrenaline just making the appt.!!!

Those are definitely good spy story lines!! I hope the oil she drank is the olive type and not related to the lamp oil and petroleum!!

I love people watching on the subways of Boston! My favorite moment was watching a guy in drag (red Flamenco dress, nose-bleed high heels, and comb and mantilla on top of his black curly long wig) winding himself in a 'magazine pose' around one of the poles! And this was back in the pre-enlightened 50's!! Everybody was trying to find other places to look!!!

I do love seeing kindness in action on the MBTA. I have helped people with strollers, because I remember others helping me when I had little ones!!
May. 24th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
The city is so funny. Some days everybody is just in a collectively good mood.

And there is always something interesting to wonder about. Stories. Like your flamenco man.
May. 24th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
My favorite dental adventure was when I had an implant put in. It never hurt, actually, but it's a weird feeling to have someone drill a down into one's jaw and then have a screw screwed in. Made me feel like a piece of lumber.
May. 24th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Having a C-section is sort of like that. Awake but numb. I felt like a drawer that somebody had opened and was rummaging in.
May. 24th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, it's is very odd to feel someone rummaging around in your innards isn't it?!

I've also fallen asleep during root canal work. I usually go the my dentist straight from work, as it's just round the corner, so it's rather nice being able to sit back and switch off for a wee while!

I'm glad the woman with the baby and the buggy had someone to help her down the steps. I remember struggling up and down to the underground when toots was wee. If I ever see a woman with a buggy in the underground now, I always stop to help.

It sounds like the Spanish spy is involved in Middle Eastern oil industry espionage.

I love these little windows on to your life, I am starting to feel as though I know the streets around where you live :)
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