So here is where we start with the issue I have had for the past few years. My teeth were always fine...that is until a few years ago when I noticed something was happening.
My bottom teeth were shifting...badly, too. So much so, that earlier this year I was literally BREAKING DENTAL FLOSS trying to floss them in the morning. This was a no-bueno-situation for me. I could literally feel them shifting sometimes and I didn't like pictures with me smiling because I felt like it looked as if I was chewing on automotive transmissions in my spare time. That's when I hit the net and started seeking out solutions. A few clicks in, I found Orthodontics with Dr.'s Shivar, Peluso, & Anderson.
Three weeks later, there I was...staring at this sign.
I met with Dr. Peluso and he told me to shake-off my worry of having to get braces to fix my crooked-crunked-out-teeth. He took a look inside my mouth and said "Chuck, you'd be an awesome candidate for Invisalign and won't need braces". This was good news to me because Invisalign is that clear alignment guard you wear that no one can see and slowly straightens your teeth without the need for additional surgery or extensive apparatus in your mouth. I was pretty stoked. So, I immortalized the moment with a pic of me and "Doctor P" as his staffers call him...great guy, might I add. After the consult we sat around talking about boats and fishing and the old neighborhood (turns out we both were from the same area of the country).
This is Dr. Peluso and I before at the outset of my tooth straightening adventure.
So...we started the process...
"Doctor P" ordered some Xrays of my jaw and that's where I met her...Jen...one of his assistants...who announced to me
"Hi, I'm Jen, your new best friend by the end of today's appointment"
Jen is awesome. She loves music as much as I do, is a sports fan, and has an adorable little girl. Next thing I knew, Jen, was taking some Xrays of my Jaw as we began the process of building a model for the team at Orthodontics to get to work on with straightening my teeth.
Here's Jen telling me to not be a sissy with the Xray machine...it was no sweat.
Xrays done, Jen took me to her chair and showed me some stuff she wanted to put in my mouth to get impressions from...it looked like this:
Jen assured me this would be a breeze...and even asked what flavor I would like to have on my impression compound. "Flavor?", I asked.
"Yeah, Man," she said as she began rattling off a list of flavors she could whip up that rivaled most Ice Cream places I have been to....she had me at Cheesecake.
So, it was in to the chair and Jen got to work taking my impressions.
Within about 15 minutes, Jen had done her good work...I had a blissful taste of Cheesecake to remember it by...and Dr. Peluso rounded the turn.
"You're good to Go...", he started. "We'll give you a call soon and then you can come back in and we'll show you what your teeth are going to look like and get you your first set of alignment trays"
That was it!!!! I was on my way!!! By Spring 2014, I will have corrected my teeth?!?!?!! Yes, that simple.
A couple days later I got an email...which led to the link I want to give you. After Dr. Peluso and his team did some thinking, we talked, and they had a pretty freaking amazing idea. If anyone from The Point wanted to call them, they'd offer a deal you simply couldn't turn down. ....this is where I leave it up to you to click and SAVE BIG for mentioning you either read this, or heard the commercial I do for Orthodontics. I don't do these things often...but when I can thank you for listening by hooking you up...I will....
Okay, so like 99 percent of what you read on facebook is not really useful...but every once in a while, you find something great.
Take this link someone shared...99 life Hacks you can actually use. Cool stuff like using a dust-pan for a water spout in tough to
reach places where you want to fill a bucket. Check it out...I loved this one.
So the guy in this picture is my son making one of his funny faces. It's summer and both he and my daughter, Theresa, are doing the summer camp thing again. They're having fun, and making new friends; a good time to be a kid.
I got a call from his Mom saying Charlie wanted to take me to lunch the other day. WOW! This was one of those moments...MY Son wanted to take ME to lunch?!?! Rock on!
I picked him up from Lego-Camp and we loaded into my car. "So, where would you like to go to lunch, Char?", I asked.
"I want to take you to that Tastey Experts place where your favorite sandwhich is, " he said.
"You mean Taste Unlimited?", I said.
"Yeah, THAT place...I know you like that one sandwich over there", he said with a smile.
Twice I offered to pay, but, Charlie was insistent. "This is on ME, Dad", So, I let the man do as he had wished. There's a lot more to this story...and after I dropped him off, my eyes got really misty as I felt that bucking of a good cry coming on...but, that part needs to wait. I have a full day ahead and the last thing I need is to be walking around with red eyes, so, you'll have to come back for that part of the story. :)
I love my kids dearly...and this was a first...and I'll tell you why, shortly.
I just had a great afternoon at The Ocean View pier that I wanted to share with you.
First, My kids are at camp this week and I miss them terribly already. So I decided to go fishing at the Ocean View pier after work this morning. It was a hot day, but, the tide was on its way out and I knew that I would at least catch a few fish... Hopefully taking my mind off the obvious.
I got out and the catching was, indeed nice. Six nice sized croaker in about ten minutes. Not bad.
A Grandmother and her two children arrived on the pier. Within a few minutes I could tell they were unreasonably unequipped for their outing today. Small poles with standard freshwater rigs...but respectfully, I watched.
After seeing them catch nothing for a while, I walked over, introduced myself, and offered to help. Their Grandmother said "Thank you, Sir" and agreed to let me help.
I re-strung, and rigged their poles gratis with bottom weights, hooks, and bait. Then, magic happened.
Fish after fish, the two Grandchildren screamed " I've got one I got one", as my pole rested dormant. They filled 1/4 of my bucket with 17 additional croaker and spot. I just kept running from pole to pole, unhooking fish, re-baiting, and happy to see the two tykes "nailing" a solid day's catch.
Then, a few hours later, I realized I had to leave. I told them to keep my bucket and my catches as a reward for such a great day. Then Grandma reached for her purse.
"Let me give you something for your time, Chuck", she said.
"You already have," I said. "Thank you for lending me your Grandchildren for a few minutes" I replied.
I could see her face quivering. It was getting uncomfortable for her as she spoke. " I prayed to God for an Angel to help me today; I know how to cook them, but, not how to catch them since their Grandfather passed."
"With my highest respects, Ma'am. Have a fantastic day. Thank you for taking these boys fishing", is all I could muster.
Folks, I am not saying give it ALL away...but once in a while when you do...God gives you just what you need to fill the whole for you, and the belly for others.
Well, it's summer...and time to start making those vacation plans!
I like creating memories with my kids, and It had been in my mind for some time to take the kids on a trip I did when I was very young. They're both 'coming of age' as far as the early years go. Charlie is 9, and Theresa is 7; they're becoming their own people...and so it was with that spirit I decided it was 'time' for the trip.
Destination: NIAGARA FALLS, NY
When I was a kid, my Dad loaded us up in an old car with tents and blankets and we camped out near the falls. Even though I was very young, I can still remember that sound. You never forget it, the sound of millions of gallons of pristine water crashing to a misty wonder hundreds of feet below that creates one of the Wonders of the World.
However, this time...older myself and having saved since 2008 for this trip, our journey will be slightly different. Meet The Doud Family RV I have rented for a week this August.
This is the C-Class RV...complete with 2 queen sized beds, 2 full sized beds, a galley, bathroom, shower, fridge, and microwave. I asked them to take the TV out and they obliged. It's powered by a V10 gas engine (not diesel) and is capable of up to a week of "boondocking" with no campsite. We however, rented a campsite with electric and water just to not have to ration water and electric supply when needed.
This will be remembered as "THE TRIP"...and I'll keep you updated on the progress as things get closer.
My eyes well up as I type this...I did it...a middle aged man's dream of creating a trip so unique in travel and experience that Clark W. Griswold would approve.
Niagara...The Doud's are coming...See you this August!
Tis the season for those flying blood-sucking little bugs we love to hate....MOSQUITOS!!!! RUN!!! So what do you do? Sure, ya can call an exterminator...and really, ya should before you go dousing your yard in ANY chemical. However, you might not know...there are several readily available "all natural" and "non-toxic" ways you can keep those mosquitos under control in your back yard...
No, I am not paid to say this, I am a customer and wanted to share as this time of the year, I get a good amount of friends who know me as a guy who keeps his back-yard 'bug free' ask "what do I do for Mosquitoes?"
As far as environmentally friendly (I get nervous recommending anything chemical as you should consult a pro)...this product is something you spread on the lawn and it confuses the mosquitoes quite well with scents of lemon-grass, peppermint, and garlic....so they can't smell YOU. Works well for parties and lasts about 2 weeks in my experience. Good for backyard camp-outs too. Hope that helps!
It doesn't kill em...it just confuses them...like a man in a shoe-store. ;)
So check out some Dr. T's and follow the directions...it works great!
Enjoy your grilling, and back yard adventures... --Chuck
So there I was, the social iconic figure I am...a Saturday night with my allergies on fire from this pollen in the Hampton Roads area and the TV on....
I get it, reality TV is here to stay. It's quick to make, cheap to produce, and if it doesnt 'work', network programmers can dump a show and plug in another "TV SHOW" someone is producing in their bedroom after they get off their day-job. It makes sense financially and programming-wise with 200 channels on TV, too. So, you can understand probably 'why' when I turned on the TV and saw this picture I said "MAN, THEY'LL GIVE ANYONE A TV SHOW..."
Yes, this is a show on Animal Planet...and when I first sat down to watch it, I was ready for the visual equivalent of Walt Disney throwing up in to a garbage can. I mean, AN EXPERT CAT-TAMER?!?! So I poured a beverage and settled in for a laugh.
The host is quite the diabolical dude. A musician by night, cat expert by day, Mr. Jackson Galaxy. (seen here with a dog and not a cat). Complete with devilish goatee, manicured facial hair and inked up both arms...he's not what you'd expect 'normally' as a cat expert.
Two hours later, I was still sitting there on my couch watching "My Cat From Hell" and finding myself liking this Jackson Galaxy guy more by the episode. He's 'real', and I dig that...and frankly, he's really GOOD at the taming of the cat thing; he's legit. In a day of 'reality TV', where, the reality becomes more and more scripted on network shows, "My Cat From Hell" seems pretty honestly produced with minimal product placement being shoved down our throats...
Confession time: I now really like this show and even hit the DVR to "Record This Series" so I could catch up with Jackson and what feline excorcism he has lined up this week.
It's Baseball Season! The thing I love the most about watching my daughter, Theresa, play is
just that; watching her play. She does this thing where she sways back and forth like a little flower who is "Baseball Rock & Ready"...this past weekend, at the field, I got it on Camera.
Also, every time she plays and does this little maneuver, I always hear this song in my head...
click play to hear what song.
I have two kids, Charlie (who is 9), and Theresa (who is 7). They, like every kid it seems in that age bracket, are plugged in to MINECRAFT as often as possible.
Though I did not furnish them with the Iphones and Ipads they arrive to my place with, I've allowed them to play their games on rainy and cold days when we can't go outside or we've been to the museums to the point that we are on a first name basis with the front desk. I get it...when I was a kid, we had ATARI for those days. But to my point.
This Minecraft game is all the buzz. Kids everywhere are playing it...it's a freaking religion. Minecraft's parent company made like 800 million their first year out of the box...and yet...IT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING WE'D HAVE PLAYED IN 1984...(which made me think....WHAT HAPPENED TO ATARI?)
REMEMBER THIS JANK?!?!?! IT'S STILL ALIVE!!!
Well I did some googling...and it turns out, some college kids with some spare time
got hold of the old code from ATARI and have an APP that runs on your Mac or PC called STELLA ATARI EMULATOR (install at your own risk...but I did anyway).
Also, on this page, after you download and install the Atari emulation app...they have 375 ORGINAL Atari 2600 titles. Games like RIVER RAID, YAR's REVENGE, DONKEY KONG, and even that low-rent version of PACMAN. I was 12 years old again and had forgotten about Iphones, Ipads, and Minecraft....I was in my glory.
"HEY DAD...WHAT'S THAT?!?!" peeped a voice from behind my head. It was my daughter.
"IS THAT A GAME?", she asked.
"Baby," I said, "This is PITFALL and I first played it on a Wednesday afternoon in 1984 when I was your age."
Within a minute or two, my Son, Charlie, came over to join the conversation. "That looks old," he said. "Can I try it?"
I sat them down and in about 3 seconds they had gotten the object of the game. JUMP OVER STUFF, KEEP MOVING TO THE RIGHT.
...they played for about 30 minutes...laughing...cackling...and smiling...just like I did that Wednesday afternoon at Joel Marcue's house in Oswego, NY as a kid. It was the first time I got to Play ATARI...and through my kids it had all come back to me. This was a magical moment...and it was something I did not have to buy...it was FREE on the internet.
Usually, in my line of work, people are afraid to admit how old they are...why I'll never understand. I mean, age is just a number...like Cholesterol Level, Betty White, and Blood-Alcohol Content. Why fight the truth?
This past 3/24, at 2:49pm...I turned 39. I made it...another full revolution around the sun. In a struggling economy, world where no one is your friend and weak men die like dogs...I MADE IT!!! And you better believe I made a list...
I decided to write an ANTI-Bucket list....yes...ANTI-BUCKET LIST. These are things I'm fine not doing as I already know what I would LIKE to do. I figured it would be best to make sure I stay on target with what I want by reminding myself what NOT to get wrapped up in...it's dangerous out there...and I am 'getting on' in years. ;)
ANTI- BUCKET LIST...Thing's I'm OKAY never doing...or doing again. 1. Skydiving 2. Hosting a Swimsuit Party at a local bar for a 500.00 cash prize. 3. Posting pictures of myself with mustaches drawn in on Photoshop. 4. Going Alaskan King Crab Hunting. 5. Riding a bicycle in a race with a GOPRO Camera attached to me. 6. Start a petition to end anything. (petitions never work) 7. Make Mozzarella cheese again (trust me, it's cheaper to buy it) 8. Have a long debate on the phone about why Shea on MTV's Buckwild isn't as smart as she looks. 9. Use the hashtag #bestniteeverrrrrr
I'll add more as it becomes relavent...but for now, that should keep the hounds at bey....