December 24, 2001

Ok, one last quick update before I hit the road for the holidays. On Saturday, Dominica made it to Rochester to pick up her new 2002 Mazda PR5, automatic, Midnight Blue Mica with a moon roof. That is the fourth Mazda in six months for the llamas. While Dominica is unable to drive because of her back, I am driving her new car!

My teeth aren’t doing too badly. I am getting better slowly. I have given up on eating solid foods as they get packed into the empty sockets and that really hurts. Right now I have a bit a black pepper stuck in there and it is pretty uncomfortable. But I am figuring out how to deal with them a little bit better everyday. I have to go back for a one week check up on Thursday.

Well, I hope that everyone has a happy holidays. I will see many of you on New Year’s Eve and some of you over Christmas in Perry. Updates might resume sometime this week. I am expecting to be in Ithaca on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday through New Year’s Eve, I will be working in Rochester with Eric, John and Dad.

Canadian FlagNatalie and Miranda, our Canadian contingency, will be arriving on our “shores” in just six days. They will be here for the Llama New Year’s Bash and then traveling to see the sites in New York City with Josh and I on January 2nd and 3rd. I added this information since there hasn’t been a Canadian update all during the month of December. I didn’t want them to feel left out without a Canadian flag on the main page. Natalie pointed out to me that the points on the Maple Leaf on the Canadian flag each represent one of the provinces.

January 4th is the Kelley’s Heroes Christmas Party. I add this for those band members who don’t pay attention to their emails.

December 20, 2001

Ok, so my teeth are out now. They definitely are hurting pretty badly but not nearly as badly as everyone thought that they would have. I am able to eat already. Although I am not able to eat anything that I want and I am incredibly cold sensitive so ice cream is completely out of the question. Overall I am feeling pretty well, though. I think that I all ready have some stuff caught in the spaces though. Ugh. It is better than I thought it would be though. I am going to go to see the opening night of Lord of the Rings with Josh, Montana Bob and Loopy in Binghamton tonight (great memories of having my teeth out today in Binghamton.) I managed to see the movie the other night at the preview in Ithaca. It is really good, but very long. I recommend that everyone goes to see this movie because it is one of the best of the season. The computer graphics (CG not CGI which is the name of a magazine and a web technology) were pretty poor though. They were really disappointing after some of the good computer graphics that have been out in Final Fantasy, Shrek and Monsters, Inc. Also, Josh told me that Final Fantasy X is out for the PS2 so anyone who is waiting for it can run out and get it now.

Flag of BelgiumAnne update number nine is available today. I already have it posted and re-capitalized since she is too lazy to put in her own capital letters 🙂 One of these days I will actually get that Bio section up and running. I am in pain so now is not a good time.

Dominica and I celebrated Christmas today since we are both sick and stuck not doing anything. I got a new Game Boy Advance with Breath of Fire. I am very excited about that. I got her some stuff that she really can’t use because her back is in such bad shape. So Christmas wasn’t very exciting for her. We aren’t quite done yet since travel is hard and some of the gifts are in different locations.

Only four more days until Christmas. See a lot of you at Brick Presbyterian on Christmas Eve.

December 19, 2001: Having My Widsom Teeth Removed

Well, today is the big day. All four wisdom teeth are coming out. This will be my first ever attempt at oral surgery. I haven’t been able to eat since last night. And I have not had any water since the middle of the night.

Loopy is driving me down to the surgeon in a little while. He is going to have a really exciting day, when he brings me back from surgery he has to almost immediately turn around and drive Dominica to the chiropractor. She had her X-Rays examined more thoroughly yesterday and she has a pinched and a compressed disc in her back. So she is in worse shape that we had thought. Dominica is off of work at least until January. Bob is still sick too. His flu is going on and on.

On top of everybody being sick, my mother had a car accident yesterday and may have totaled her car. She is ok, though. I have not been able to get a hold of my parents to find out the details of what is happening.

The Calc II final seemed to go ok. It is all over now no matter what. No more classes for at least a month. Whoo-hoo! Tim is already done for the semester. Nate and Bob are done on Friday.

Not much news beyond that. The RX-7 is in terrible shape after picking it up from Ontario Mazda this week but it limped into storage and is done for the winter. In the spring we will figure out what to do with it. Dominica’s new blue PR5 is in and we are supposed to be picking it up for her on Saturday (she can’t drive so I have to drive it!)

Looking Back [Written May 15, 2009] – As you can imagine, I did not end up writing all that much about having my wisdom teeth removed as I was busy with other things.

Andy (Loopy) drove me down to Johnson City, New York for my wisdom teeth removal in the late afternoon.  Beacuse all four teeth are coming out together the decision was made to just put me under and do the entire thing that way rather than using a local anesthetic and making me be awake for the whole thing.  I am very thankful for that.  I’ve never so much as had a cavity so this would have been rather a shocking experience.

Andy waited for me during the surgery which did not take all that long.  I was feeling pretty good when it was done and I was allowed to eat whatever I could get down.  I was starving since I had not eaten in a whole day and having been under full anesthesia gives you the munchies.

The oral surgeon told me to go get super extra ultra strength Tylenol and to start using it right away before the anesthesia completely wore off because I would be really sorry if I did not.  I told him that I was not interested and that he need not write a prescription for me but he insisted so I took the script, but I decided to not even get it filled as there was no way that I was going to take medicine for a little tooth surgery.

As we left the doctor I told Andy that I was really hungry and wanted to go to McDonald’s.  Andy was a bit incredulous but decided that if that was what I wanted then that was what we were going to get – crazy as it may seem.  So we went to McDonald’s where I got a Big Mac and a large French fry.  I had very little problem eating it either.  It was fine.

We got back to the house on Observatory Circle in Varna.  I relaxed for the evening while Andy drove Dominica out to her chiropractor appointment.  He is quite busy today carting us around.

December 18, 2001

Well, I had quite the fever yesterday. I was in rough shape. Bob had the flu the day before and Dominica has been laid up since Friday morning with incredible back pain. So, we have practically become an infirmary. I am feeling much better this morning, though and Bob and Dominica have gone to work so I am assuming that everyone is feeling a bit better.

Tomorrow is my Calc II final. After 3pm I am done for the semester. I am supposed to be having a study group at my house this evening but I think that everyone is canceling because of the flu going around. But now I have to sit around and wonder if anyone is going to show up or not.

Well, I had to go get Dominica from work at lunch because she is much worse now and is not returning to work. I took her to the doctor today and she had X-Rays taken of her back. It turns out that she has a pinched disc in her fifth lumbar vertebrae. So she is in bad shape. She will be spending a lot of time with her chiropractor. At least she is able to spend some time getting good use out of my DVD collection.

Loopy got some new 3D glasses today that allow him to play Quake II & III in full 3D. It is really cool. He had to get a new monitor and some special hardware and software to do it but the effect is really nice. And we haven’t even had the chance to check it out at night yet. It should work even better in the dark.

December 17, 2001

Yes, yes, I am delinquent again with updates for the site. Not as bad as I have been in the past, however. I was very busy working in DC last week and going to Nate & Bob’s Middle School’s Presentation of “Once Upon A Mattress.” Last night was the last of the six shows and it was excellent. I managed to make it to three of the shows this year. Bob, unfortunately, had to miss last night’s show because he has the flu and was unable to sit through the show. Dominica threw her back out on Friday morning and has been unable to move pretty much since then. Friday and Saturday were terrible but by Saturday night she was at least able to sit in a chair and watch movies to help pass the time.

I am working in Rochester today so I am making another attempt at collecting the RX-7 from Canandaigua. We will see if this manages to happen today. It would be nice to finally have that car dealt with and away for the winter. But at least I will get to drive it around today – “MLUVNIT!”

Not much else exciting going on around here. The show, the sickness and my working out of town have kept everyone pretty much occupied. At least Anne has been adding some content to the site to keep things interesting. I still have not had any time to add the Bio button or page to the site. Soon, soon, I promise.

Don’t forget that this weekend is the Lord of the Rings I: Fellowship of the Ring. Opens Friday, I believe. Some of the Llamas are heading to Binghamton to see it on Friday night. I will have to wait and see if I can go because I am having my four wisdom teeth removed (yes, Leanne, I know) on Thursday and I might not be able to make it.

If anyone out there is using Instant Messengers from Yahoo!, AOL, or MSN, then drop me a line. You can reach me at scottalanmiller on Yahoo!, itsallaboutscott on AOL or [email protected] on MSN. I am using a new messenger called Trillian now and it really rocks. Yahoo! Messenger was my main service but the newest version broke on Windows 2000 so I had to stop using it except when I was on my Linux box (once again, software designed for Windows that only runs on Linux) but Ken pointed me to www.Trillian.cc where you can download a free messenger that handles AIM, Yahoo!, IRC, ICQ and MSN for you all at once and it is really cool. So I suggest that you all go and download it and talk to me. Don’t talk to me forever though, I have work to do. If everyone is interested, we could put up a Llama IM page where you could go to get address of Llamas that you know.

Speaking of things running on Linux and not Windows… The Sims is one of the most popular games of the year, however, it was designed only to run on the old Windows 95/98/ME series (which Microsoft no longer makes and will never support again) and does not work (says so right on the box) with the supported and current Windows 2000, XP and .NET Operating Systems. But the funniest thing is that the Linux community has gotten The Sims to run on Mandrake Linux using the WineX libraries. So, it is official, Linux can run some Windows programs better than Microsoft can. If you want to try out Linux and the Sims, you can buy it online at www.transgaming.com or you can pick it up at a lot of stores in the area like Best Buy. Look for Mandrake Linux 8.1 Gaming Edition. Mandrake is far from my favorite version of Linux (Yeah, SuSE 7.3 rocks!) but it is the only version running the Sims right now so if you want that, that is the only way to go.

Nate, Tim, Loopy and I actually went out to the garage last night and played Christmas Carols on our brass instruments. Tim plays tuba and trombone, I play trombone, Loopy and Nate play trumpet.

Ok, I have to get to Rochester so I will talk to you all later.