Monday, February 3, 2014 will be a date I will probably remember the rest of my life...
That was the date I had an oral-surgical procedure to have all of my remaining lower teeth removed (including both wisdom-teeth), and received a temporary-denture (pic at left is of a wax-impression taken several weeks before the surgery; the denture I'm now wearing is based on that). Why such a drastic procedure, you ask? This boils down to years of old root-canal posts that have deteriorated allowing abscesses to form underneath, crowns that have detached due to a dentist (not my current one) who did a crappy job on two of my molars and an incisor so that the crowns (and their posts) came loose a few years later, impacting wisdom-teeth (one was partially exposed and had a cyst underneath it, the other horizontally-impacting), other molars with old amalgam-fillings where the teeth were decaying underneath them... and, I'll admit, years of neglect.
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Some recent photos of a portion of the beach at Big Talbot Island, between Jacksonville and Fernandina Beach, Florida. Located at the mouth of Amelia Inlet, Big Talbot Island is one of several barrier-islands in northeastern Duval County, FL that are designated as Florida State Parks, bordering the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve (U.S. NPS/DoI).
A couple of years ago I published a gallery of another of these islands when there was a large oil-slick on the beach (presumably originated from the B.P. oil-spill in the Gulf of Mexico). This island is further to the north... the beach is covered with a multitude of the 'skeletons' of fallen live-oak trees (they likely fell when Hurricane Dora hit here in '64, though I have not found any documentation to date to support that) - these fallen trees are a prominent shoreline-feature of these islands, Big Talbot Island in particular.
More Info: Big Talbot Island State Park. Still more info here.
I recently watched on the TV perhaps one of the most riveting and life-affirming installments of the PBS series The American Experience – perhaps ever! It was a retrospective of the year 1964. The nation was still recovering from the JFK assassination when that year began… a lot was going down that year: Freedom Summer and the brutal murders of the 3 civil-rights workers in Mississippi. The Free Speech Movement at U.C. Berkeley… Motown… LBJ v. Goldwater… Gulf of Tonkin… The Civil Rights Act of ’64… THE BEATLES!!!!!
OK, the pic shown here (a LIFE Magazine – Asian Edition – cover from ’66) is a little ahead of its time given the subject-matter at hand, but WTF. My interest in The Beatles is almost literally lifelong – my parents bought Meet The Beatles when I was barely into kindergarten and my youngest sister was born that spring of ’64. In May… which might mean she was conceived when “She Loves You” was first released, who knows.