My Story

domingo, agosto 24, 2008

Wisdom (teeth)...

It was no news to me that my teeth were getting messed up because of my third molars (aka wisdom teeth) trying to come out. I was also aware of the fact that at some point I would need to have them extracted... and this became true last Wednesday, when I went through one of the most horrible experiences in my whole dental history

As you might now, wisdom teeth are vestigial molars that at some point had some use. Years ago, when tooth loss was common, and dental care wasn't as we know it today, wisdom teeth would replace the gap of a missing molar. Nowadays, they are pretty much useless and they can even be a problem, since there will most probably not be enough space in the jaw for them, which will cause them to grow improperly.

So that's my case, and that Wednesday I walked into the dentist's office to get them out... get all 4 of them out.

I'll just mention the highlights of the more or less 30 minutes I was on that chair:

My tears-reflex got activated with every injection I received in my gums as I was getting anesthesia.
I kept my eyes closed during most of the process, starting the moment they put the first whatever it was into my mouth.
Even though I couldn't feel any pain, I still felt the whole struggling and heard the whole drilling in there.
The lower-right one was harder to get out. I heard how they had to crush it into two pieces or so before they could get it out.
To top the whole thing, I got an antibiotic shot in the end (oh, I so hate injections).

It might not sound all that bad in this post, but I totally hated it. I have been all swollen ever since (today it finally got better); I only got to eat semi-liquid stuff during the first 2-3 days, and I still don't feel completely ok...

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sábado, agosto 09, 2008

Back Home ^^

After around 24 hours since I checked-in at the airport in Stuttgart, going through two security checks and two passport control stations, and a bit more than 7 hours of waiting at the Schipol Airport in Amsterdam, I'm finally at home, and blogging.

Today, I shall report about this recent travel experience, which actually wasn't all that different from the previous times I've done the Stuttgart-Amsterdam-Guayaquil route, besides the fact that I was carrying an electric guitar with me, and that the airport in Amsterdam has changed, and not exactly for good.

Nothing amazing happened before arriving to Amsterdam; airport procedures in Stuttgart were just the usual ones and things went quite smoothly. The KLM Cityhopper plane departed on time, and we arrived as planned in the Netherlands. We did notice that KLM was working on keeping costs low to make their services affordable (you know, because of the whole petrol price crisis and stuff); the sandwiches (which were quite good, I must say) that use to be served on this short trip had been replaced by crackers.

In Amsterdam, the long wait wasn't that bad; the airport itself is quite cool, with plenty of shops and restaurants and places to rest. I only had some trouble finding a convenient place to plug my laptop in (and I still dislike the fact that in most airports there is no free wireless internet, while here in Ecuador -"3rd world country"- you do get it for free in the waiting lounges).

Oh, there was also another thing I wanted to point out: they have doubled security procedures in that airport to the point that you are checked again right before boarding the plane, which means that the sitting places before the gate have been cut down to a half, to give room for the x-ray machines and metal detectors and some additional right-before-boarding seating. That was absolutely not cool, since the amount of seats they left in the "not safe zone" are barely enough to seat one third or so from the whole passengers of the aircraft, meaning that the rest would have to find a place to rest in some other corner of the airport.

The flight from Amsterdam to Ecuador departed close to "on time", and I practically slept through the whole thing. I did wake up for the meals, which again showed how the airline was cutting down costs; dinner was some soup, another strange tasting salad and a piece of cake, breakfast was eggs/strange sweet other thing, some yogurt and fruit, and the second breakfast (Bonaire-Guayaquil) was an egg-cheese sandwich and yogurt. Meals used to be much better (with more and better tasting stuff to eat), but well, I guess that's what happens when the world's economy takes an unpleasant turn.

I arrived home with a more or less 17 minutes delay (according to my parents), and that's the end of the story. 'til the next post!

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lunes, agosto 04, 2008

21 (the movie) and other random stuff

In the past days I've been trying to catch up with some movies that came out this year but didn't have the chance to watch while they were still "fresh". Today I watched "21" in the comfyness of my bed and the 2.0 sound coming from my laptop and headphones, and I must say, the movie was quite good.

For all those who just happened to have had exams by the time the movie came out, or that live in a shell for random periods of time for any kind of reason, the movie is about a team of MIT Blackjack players who go to Las Vegas on weekends to "collect" large amounts of money from the tables (as they said in the movie: they don't gamble, they follow a system with rules and make profit).

I don't want to give away the whole plot of the movie, so I'll just say that the chances any average person will like this film are quite high.

Moving to a slightly another topic, and thinking about my then MIT application now that I have watched this movie, I think I might have found what my papers were short of, and this would be the "dazzling" part they mentioned in the movie. Not that my credentials were bad (they were actually quite good), but I think that aside the nice grades and stuff like that, I just don't have experiences that are life-changing, chin-dropping or "OMGnowaystfu" enough... or at least none I can formally put down on a piece of paper.

My life, up to now, has been pretty calm -in the way that I don't wake up to find myself in some place I don't remember, or that I don't need to fight against the whole world to be able to enjoy some decent breakfast- and the high and lows are well paced. I grow up emotionally/spiritually every day, and I do let life surprise me every time I walk out the door.

Now, I'm still thinking about reapplying to MIT, but I still wonder if it will be the same; in October I'll be going through the "O-phase" (introduction days) here in the Universität Karlsruhe, I'll be meeting new people, make friends and I will be starting from the bottom and going through the college experience with them. If I eventually reapplied for any university in the States, and if the stars were aligned and I got accepted, it would mean I would have to give up my life here and start over new; if I transfered, I would be the "stranger" among people who already know each other and have gone through the thrilling first kilometer of a 10k race.
Would it be worth?

Tomorrow I shall be getting the rest of my stuff ready for my vacations at home back in Ecuador... can't wait to have a nice home meal!

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