Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A personal note

There is an awful lot that I need to comment on—not least the apparent demise of the Libertarian Party—but I am slightly distracted at present. Mainly by the fact that—whilst the company is doing well and I still love my work—two of my molars have disintegrated in the last 24 hours.

Like most people, I hate dentists. Like many, I don't show it*.

But the extent of work that is going to need to be done frightens me: not simply because two (as far as I can tell) dead teeth are going to need to be filled, but also because the cost is huge: I will be very surprised if I don't walk out some £300 lighter.


As some readers will know, I was caught drink-driving back in February, and the biggest pisser was the £600 lawyers' fees. I got sentenced to 80 hours Community Service; this bit I almost enjoyed and, indeed, the boss of the charity shop in which I was working asked if I might come back and volunteer.

I might.

I have rather more exciting things to interest me. The plans that I have been working on at my job are nearing fruition (we are still looking for a web developer, if anyone fancies coming to work at a low-paid but extraordinarily exciting job (with equity)), and the Free School project in which I am involved is just so incredibly... stimulating.

Shocking too**, but stimulating.

Life is good. As such, blogging about how shite life is still doesn't appeal. Sorry.

Anyone who has met me can probably testify (at length) on how much I absolutely, totally love my job—and the people that I work with. We are going to do great things. I feel really sorry for those who either hate or are indifferent to what they do for eight hours a day.

All I have to do is find about £1,000 to pay lawyers and dentists and I shall be very happy.

Anyway, the very best to you all. And if Chris Huhne is fucked, my week will be made much better...

* Except, of course, on a hugely what used to be a hugely public blog.

** I shall blog shortly about the stupidity, bigotry and ignorance that we have encountered in trying to set this up. You will be shocked—especially if you are a member of a teaching trade union.


mike paterson said...

£300 for what's required seems reasonable these days, but money still has to be found I guess. I had a crown put on one of my molars about five years ago, cost me £800. But I do use a very good, but expensive, dentist. My thinking is better to visit the best dentist once every three years than an ordinary one every year. Admittedly this does not account for emergencies, thankfully had none so far...

Good luck with your projects.

Trooper Thompson said...

Onward and upward.

Dioclese said...

My dentist charges about £500 a crown, but it's better that toothache. A friend of mine is a surgeon. When someone complained about his fee, he simply replaied "OK. Pay me half of what you were prepared to pay me before the operation."

I also got done for drink driving. I defended myself (courts think if you employ a lawyer you are trying to wriggle), tolf them I was an idiot and it would never happen again and said I was self employed and needed the car for work (all true!).

They fined me £600 and banned me for 12 months.

Crazy thong is of course that if you were sober, you wouldn't have done it in the first place. Catch 22. It taught me one thing tho' - taxis are cheaper than £600 fines!

TheFatBigot said...

Sorry to hear of the drinky indiscretion Mr Kitchen.

I gave up drinking and driving many years ago after getting out of the car one Friday night following a highly boozy curry and falling over, so incapable that I had to crawl to the house. Still, it's better than a friend of mine who was persuaded against the practice when he got into the driving seat and promptly threw up over the steering wheel.

Methinks your dental difficulty is the consequence of chewing up and spitting out too many lefties. They are so hard and acid that it's hard for the teeth to cope.

JuliaM said...

Sorry to hear this, but glad to hear your work is looking up! You're right, if you can find a job you enjoy, it's almost not like work at all, is it?

James Higham said...

Chris Huhne is probably indeed fucked.

Michael Fowke said...

Don't talk to me about dentists. I've been putting it off for ages.

Anonymous said...

I'd be very interested to hear about your Free School project, as I've been following the efforts of Katharine Birbalsingh and Toby Young in setting up the Michaela Community School and West London Free School respectively. They seem to have suffered a great deal of hostility from vested interests, hopefully you could discuss your experience of this and any other stumbling blocks your venture has encountered in the near future, not forgetting of course any successes you have had.

the a&e charge nurse said...

I'm not the sort to say I told you so - but I told you so.

Remember this blast from the past?

My dentist is private and he is very good. He also makes appointments when it is convenient for me.

"... did I tell you about my £550 crown by the way, I'm sure the TPA must be thrilled about it ?"

Did anyone tell you about dental insurance, A&E, like Denplan, for instance?


You can multiply the issues one hundred fold once we get to heart surgery or kidney dialysis, etc.

BTW - I hope your dental work goes well - I know from experience it can hurt the pocket as well as the mouth since comprehensive NHS provision was gently nudged out the way.

the a&e charge nurse said...

Another fun blog exchange about dentistry from 3 years ago - still feel the same way, Devil?

My white filling cost nearly £150 last month.

I still break into a cold sweat whenever I think about the cost of that crown even though it was 3yrs ago.